Daily Catholic Mass – 2019-01-26 – Fr. Matthew

By | September 2, 2019


A READING FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE SECOND LETTER OF SAINT PAUL TO TIMOTHY. PAUL, AN APOSTLE OF CHRIST JESUS BY THE WILL OF GOD FOR THE PROMISE OF LIFE IN CHRIST JESUS TO TIMOTHY, MY DEAR CHILD: GRACE, MERCY, AND PEACE FROM GOD THE FATHER AND CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD. I AM GRATEFUL TO GOD WHOM I WORSHIP WITH A CLEAR CONSCIENCE AS MY ANCESTORS DID, AS I REMEMBER YOU CONSTANTLY IN MY PRAYERS, NIGHT AND DAY. I YEARN TO SEE YOU AGAIN, RECALLING YOUR TEARS SO THAT I MAY BE FILLED WITH JOY AS I RECALL YOUR SINCERE FAITH THAT FIRST LIVED IN YOUR GRANDMOTHER LOIS AND IN YOUR MOTHER EUNICE AND THAT I AM CONFIDENT LIVES ALSO IN YOU. FOR THIS REASON, I REMIND YOU TO STIR INTO FLAME THE GIFT OF GOD THAT YOU HAVE THROUGH THE IMPOSITION OF MY HANDS. FOR GOD DID NOT GIVE US A SPIRIT OF COWARDICE BUT RATHER OF POWER AND LOVE AND SELF-CONTROL. SO DO NOT BE ASHAMED OF YOUR TESTIMONY TO OUR LORD NOR OF ME, A PRISONER FOR HIS SAKE; BUT BEAR YOUR SHARE OF HARDSHIP FOR THE GOSPEL WITH THE STRENGTH THAT COMES FROM GOD.>>THE WORD OF THE LORD.>>THANKS BE TO GOD.>>PROCLAIM GOD’S MARVELOUS DEEDS TO ALL THE NATIONS.>>PROCLAIM GOD’S MARVELOUS DEEDS TO ALL THE NATIONS.>>SING TO THE LORD A NEW SONG; SING TO THE LORD, ALL YOU LANDS. SING TO THE LORD; BLESS HIS NAME.>>PROCLAIM GOD’S MARVELOUS DEEDS TO ALL THE NATIONS.>>ANNOUNCE HIS SALVATION, DAY AFTER DAY. TELL HIS GLORY AMONG THE NATIONS; AMONG ALL PEOPLES, HIS WONDROUS DEEDS.>>PROCLAIM GOD’S MARVELOUS DEEDS TO ALL THE NATIONS.>>GIVE TO THE LORD, YOU FAMILIES OF NATIONS, GIVE TO THE LORD GLORY AND PRAISE; GIVE TO THE LORD THE GLORY DUE HIS NAME!>>PROCLAIM GOD’S MARVELOUS DEEDS TO ALL THE NATIONS.>>SAY AMONG THE NATIONS: THE LORD IS KING. HE HAS MADE THE WORLD FIRM, NOT TO BE MOVED; HE GOVERNS THE PEOPLES WITH EQUITY.>>PROCLAIM GOD’S MARVELOUS DEEDS TO ALL THE NATIONS.>>♪ ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ♪>>♪ ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ♪>>THE LORD SENT ME TO BRING GLAD TIDINGS TO THE POOR AND TO PROCLAIM LIBERTY TO CAPTIVES.>>♪ ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ♪>>FATHER: ♪ DOMINUS VOBISCUM ♪>>♪ ET CUM SPIRITU TUO ♪>>FATHER: ♪ LECTIO SANCTI EVANGELII SECUNDUM MARCUM ♪>>♪ GLORIA TIBI, DOMINE ♪ JESUS APPOINTED 72 APOSTLES. HE SAID THE HEART IS ABUNDANT BUT THE LABORERS ARE FEW. SO ASK THE MASTER OF THE HARVEST TO SEND OUT LABORERS FOR HIS HARVEST. GO ON YOUR WAY. BEHOLD, I’M SENDING YOU, LIKE LAMBS AMONG WOLVES. CARRY NO MONEY BAG, NO SACK, NO SANDALS AND GREET NO ONE ALONG THE WAY. IN TO WHATEVER HOUSE YOU ENTER, FIRST SAY, PEACE TO THIS HOUSEHOLD. IF A PEACEFUL PERSON LIVES THERE, YOUR PEACE WILL REST ON HIM, BUT IF NOT, IT WILL RETURN TO YOU. STAY IN THE SAME HOUSE AND EAT AND DRINK WHAT IS OFFERED TO YOU FOR THE LABORER DESERVES HIS PAY. DO NOT MOVE ABOUT FROM ONE HOUSE TO ANOTHER. WHATEVER TOWN YOU ENTER, AN THEY WELCOME YOU, EAT WHAT IS SET BEFORE YOU. CURE THE SICK IN IT AND SAY TO THEM, THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS AT HAND FOR YOU. ♪ VERBUM DOMINI ♪>>♪ LAUS TIBI, CHRISTE ♪>>>IN THE YEAR 390, THE ROMAN EMPEROR THEODOCIOUS ORDERED RETALIATION IN RESPONSE TO A POPULAR UPRISING IN THESSALONICA. AS A RESULT OF THE RETALIATION, SEVERAL THOUSAND PEOPLE WERE MASSACRED, WHICH INCLUDED THOSE WHO WERE INVOLVED WITH THE REVOLT BUT ALSO THOSE WHO WERE INNOCENT. SOME TIME AFTERWARD, THE EMPEROR RETURNED TO MILAN AND HEADED FOR THE CHURCH, AS WAS HIS CUSTOM TO STOP AND PRAY. AND SAINT AMBROSE, THE BISHOP OF MILAN MET HIM AT THE DOOR AND PREVENTED HIM FROM ENTERING. HE REBUKED THE EMPEROR IN A VERY DIRECT MANNER SAYING, YOU DO NOT REFLECT ON THE GUILT YOU HAVE INCURRED BY THAT GREAT MASSACRE, BUT NOW THAT YOUR FURY IS APPEASED, DO YOU NOT PERCEIVE THE ENORMITY OF YOUR CRIME? YOU MUST NOT BE DAZZLED BY THE SPLENDOR OF THE PURPLE YOU WEAR AND BE LED TO FORGET THE WEAKNESS OF THE BODY WHICH IT CLOTHES. THE SUBJECTS ARE THE SAME NATURE AS YOURSELF AND NOT ONLY SO BUT ARE LIKE WISE YOUR FELLOW SERVANTS. FOR THERE IS ONE LORD AND RULER OF ALL, AND HE IS THE MAKER OF ALL CREATURES, WHETHER PRINCES OR PEOPLE. HOW WOULD YOU LOOK UPON THE TEMPLE OF THE ONE LORD OF ALL? HOW COULD YOU LIFT UP IN PRAYER, HANDS SO DEEP IN BLOOD OF MASSACRE. DEPART THEM AND DO NOT, BY A SECOND CRIME ADD TO THE GUILT OF THE FIRST. THAT’S AMAZINGLY CLEAR AND VERY, VERY DIRECT. AND THE EMPEROR, UPON HEARING THIS WAS SO DEEPLY SHAKEN BY AMBROSE’S REBUKE HE WENT TO HIS PALACE AND WEPT OVER HIS GRIEVOUS SIN. SAINT AMBROSE SUBSEQUENTLY WROTE A LETTER CONCERNING THE MASSACRE AND HE GIVES THE REASON FOR GIVING THIS REBUKE. HE SAID TO THE EMPEROR, WHAT THEN COULD I DO? IF A PRIEST SPEAKS NOT TO HIM THAT ERRS, HE WHO ERRS SHALL DIE IN HIS SIN AND THE PRIEST SHALL BE LIABLE FOR THE PENALTY BECAUSE HE WARNED NOT THE ERRING. AND AMBROSE REQUIRED THE EMPEROR REPENT OF HIS SIN AND GAVE HIM A HEFTY PENANCE AND THE EMPEROR COMPLIED WITH THIS AND SAID AMBROSE ALONE DESERVES THE TITLE OF BISHOP. IF ONLY OUR BISHOPS COULD GET THAT KIND OF RESPECT NOW DAYS. NOW, IN THE WORDS AND ACTIONS OF SAINT AMBROSE, WE SEE PERSONIFIED AND PERFECTLY EXEMPLIFIED THE WORDS TO ST. PAUL IN TIMOTHY, THE FIRST READING. AMBROSE, LIKE TIMOTHY, RECEIVED THE GIFT OF GOD, THE INDELIBLE CHARACTER OF EPISCOPAL ORDER NATION THROUGH THE IMPOSITION OF HANDS. THE SPIRIT RECEIVED AT ORDER NATION, AS SAINT PAUL TELLS US IS NO COWARDLY SPIRIT. IT DOES NOT HIDE FROM CONFRONTATION WHEN NECESSARY. THE CATECHISM SAYS ABOUT THE GRACE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT RELATED TO ORDER NATION, IT SAYS FOR THE BISHOP THIS IS, FIRST OF ALL, A GRACE OF STRENGTH. THE GRACE TO GUIDE AND DEFEND HIS CHURCH WITH STRENGTH PRUDENCE AS A FATHER AND PASTOR FOR ALL AND A PREFERENCE FOR THE POOR, SICK AND NEEDY. THIS GRACE IMPELS HIM TO PROCLAIM THE GOSPEL TO ALL, TO BE THE MODEL OF HIS FLOCK, TO GO BEFORE IT ON THE WAY SANCTIFICATION, WITH CHRIST, AND THE VICTIM, NOT FEARING TO GIVE HIS LIFE FOR HIS SHEEP. THE BISHOP IS GIVEN A SHARE IN THIS SPIRIT. SO AS TO DEFEND HIS CHURCH AND HIS FLOCK, PRIMARILY FROM DOCTRINAL AND MORAL ERROR. AS SAINT PAUL TEACHES, THIS IS A SPIRIT OF POWER AND LOVE AND SELF CONTROL. THE GREEK WORD FOR POWER IS THE SAME WORD FROM WHICH WE DERIVE THE WORD DYNAMITE , AND THAT’S POWER. THE WORD FOR LOVE IS AGAPE WHICH DESCRIBES THE TYPE OF LOVE THAT GOD HAS FOR US, ESPECIALLY AS HE MANIFESTED HIS LOVE FOR US ON THE CROSS IN GIVING IN THE SACRIFICE OF HIS SON, JESUS CHRIST. IT’S A SELF SACRIFICIAL AND SELF GIVING LOVE. NOT JUST THIS FEELING LOVE. IT IS NOT BASED ON FEELINGS. IT’S AN ACT OF THE WILL. SELF CONTROL CAN ALSO MEAN SELF DISCIPLINE, ESPECIALLY IN GIVING A FAITHFUL EXAMPLE TO THE FLOCK AND AVOIDING OCCASIONS OF SCANDAL, THAT IS LEADING THE FLOCK IN TO SIN OR ALLOWING SITUATIONS TO OCCUR THAT LEAD THE FLOCK IN TO SIN. BISHOPS ENJOY THE FULLNESS OF THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY ORDERS. UPON VALID ORDER NATION THEY ARE MADE SUCCESSORS TO THE APOSTLES IN FAITHFULLY TRANSMITTING THE FULLNESS OF THE CATHOLIC FAITH AS HANDED TO THE APOSTLES TO JESUS CHRIST. IT IS A VERY SOLEMN DUTY. THEY ARE THE PRIMARY TEACHERS OF THE FAITH IN THEIR RESPECTIVE DIOCESE. AND THEN ALL OF THE PRIESTS OF THIS DIOCESE ARE CO-WORKERS WITH THE BISHOP IN THIS OFFICE OF TEACHING. NOW, A GOOD FATHER, ALONG WITH THE MOTHER — I’M TALKING ABOUT ON THE NATURAL LEVEL — IS PRIMARILY RESPONSIBLE FOR EDUCATING HIS CHILDREN. SO THE BISHOP IS PRIMARILY RESPONSIBLE FOR TEACHING THE FAITH TO HIS FLOCK IN A GIVEN DIOCESE. THAT’S HIS GIVEN FAMILY. AS A GOOD FATHER MUST SOMETIMES CORRECT AND ADMONISH HIS CHILDREN WHO MISBEHAVE, SO, THE BISHOP MUST ADMONISH THOSE THAT STRAYED IN TO SERIOUS ERROR OR SIN, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT IS GRIEVOUS OR PUBLICLY MANIFESTED. THIS IS NOT DONE IN SUCH A WAY AS TO DEMEAN OR BELITTLE THE PERSON BEING CORRECTED. IT IS RATHER MEANT TO CALL THE SINNER TO REPENT OF THEIR ERROR. OR THEIR SIN AND TO REDUCE THE IMPACT OF THE SCANDAL BECAUSE OF THE PUBLIC NATURE OF IT, THAT IT WOULD LEAD OTHER PEOPLE IN TO ERROR OR SIN TO THINK IT IS MAYBE OKAY TO DO THIS, OR TO THINK THIS WAY. IT IS DONE OUT OF A FATHERLY CONCERN FOR THE SALVATION OF THE SOUL OF THE PERSON WHO’S SINNED AND FOR THE SALVATION OF THE REST OF HIS FLOCK. AS IT PAINS A FATHER TO SEE HIS CHILD EXPERIENCE SOMETHING THAT IS TRAUMATIC, SOMETHING THAT COULD DESTROY THEM, SO IT SHOULD DEEPLY AFFECT A PRIEST AND A BISHOP TO SEE A SOUL UNDER HIS CARE BEING LED TO HELL OR GOING OFF TO HELL. CORRECTION AND PUNISHMENT — CORRECTION AND ADMONISHMENT IS INTENDED TO PREVENT THE PERSON FROM ENDANGERING HIS OR HER IMMORTAL SOUL. WE’RE TALKING ABOUT ETERNITY HERE. THIS IS ONE OF THE WAYS IN WHICH A BISHOP TRULY LOVES THE FLOCK PLACED UNDER HIS CARE. NOW, THERE ARE A NUMBER OF CATHOLIC PUBLIC OFFICIALS WHO ARE IN DIRE NEED OF STRONG, LOVING AND SELF DISCIPLINED BISHOPS TO ADMINISTER CLEAR, FIRM, DIRECT AND LOVING CORRECTION AND ADMONITION, ESPECIALLY FOR THEIR PUBLIC AND SCANDALOUS SUPPORT, PROMOTION AND ENACTING OF PROABORTION LEGISLATION. THAT DIRECTLY CONTRADICTS THE CHURCH’S AUTHENTIC TEACHING ON THE DIGNITY AND SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE, FROM CONCEPTION TO NATURAL DEATH. THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SLAUGHTER OF COUNTLESS INNOCENT CHILDREN IN THE WOMB. IN A SENSE, ROE V. WADE WE ARE UP TO 61 MILLION NOW. WE SHOULD REALLY LET THAT NUMBER SINK IN. 61 MILLION AND THEY ARE CAUSING GRAVE SCANDAL TO THE CATHOLIC FAITHFUL. SOME OF THE LADY MAY START TO THINK MAYBE THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THEIR POSITION ON ABORTION BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT BEING CORRECTED. THEY ARE NOT BEING FIRMLY CHALLENGED. THESE OFFICIALS NEED TO BE WARNED STERNLY. WE CAN USE SAINT AMBROSE AS AN EXAMPLE TO THE EMPEROR THEODOCIOUS, THAT THESE PUBLIC OFFICIALS SOULS ARE IN DANGER OF ETERNAL DAMNATION AND THEY MUST REPENT PUBLICLY OF THEIR GRIEVOUS SIN AND ERRONEOUS PUBLIC VIEWS OR THEY WILL HAVE — THEY HAVE ALREADY SEPARATED THEMSELVES BY THEIR POSITION AND BY THEIR LEGISLATION, BUT THEY WILL REMAIN SEPARATED FROM THE COMMUNION OF THE CHURCH, AND HENCE, FURTHER IMPERIL THEIR SOULS. THE BISHOPS HAVE A VERY DIFFICULT JOB. WE CERTAINLY PRAY FOR THEM THAT THEY WILL HAVE THE STRENGTH AND COURAGE, THE MORAL CONVICTION TO DO WHAT IS NECESSARY. SO, WE PRAY FERVENTLY THAT OUR BISHOPS MAY FOLLOW THEIR WELL-FORMED CONSCIENCE AND ACT IN ACCORD WITH THE SPIRIT THAT THEY RECEIVED AT ORDER NATION, WHICH IS NOT A COWARDLY SPIRIT. IT IS ONE OF POWER, LOVE AND SELF CONTROL. AND FINALLY, WE RECALL THE WORDS OF EZEQUIEL 3, AS A MOTIVATION FOR BISHOPS AND PRIESTS TO DO WHAT IS REQUIRED OF THEM. EZEQUIEL SAYS THE WORD OF THE LORD CAME TO ME, SON OF MAN, I HAVE MADE YOU A WATCHMAN FOR THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL. WHENEVER YOU HEAR A WORD FROM MY MOUTH, YOU SHALL GIVE THEM WARNING FOR ME. IF I SAY TO THE WICKED, YOU SHALL SURELY DIE, AND YOU GIVE HIM NO WARNING, NOR SPEAK TO WARN THE WICKED FROM HIS WICKED WAY IN ORDER TO SAVE HIS LIFE, THAT WICKED MAN SHALL DIE IN HIS INIQUITY BUT HIS BLOOD I WILL REQUIRE AT YOUR HANDS. BUT IF YOU WARN THE WICKED AN HE DOES NOT TURN FROM HIS WICKEDNESS OR WICKED WAY HE SHALL DIE IN HIS INIQUITY BUT YOU WILL HAVE SAVED YOUR LIFE.

6 thoughts on “Daily Catholic Mass – 2019-01-26 – Fr. Matthew

  1. Mary Macdonald Post author

    Brave Ambrose. Where is he now. Not in New York. Cardinal Dolan?

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  2. Jairus Gavino Post author

    01. Shaira Mae A. Mendoza
    02. Miguel Antonio A. Mendoza
    03. Andrea Amorre V. Del Rosario
    04. Jazzie Lawrence A. Rimando

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  3. Diana Ballard Post author

    If I were at this Mass, it would have been very hard for me to not stand up and applaud!!!

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  4. Theresa Foster Post author

    What the governor of my state and all the others who voted for this need to hear. So do the faithful. To celebrate evil and murder. Shameful

    feel free to copy and use my letter to the bishop of Albany-thank you Tom Lickona for penning the original letter Most Rev. Edward B. Scharfenberger
    Bishop of Albany
    40 North Main Avenue
    Albany, NY 12203

    Dear Bishop Scharfenberger,

    I am a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cortland, New York. Like many Catholics, I am grateful for your open letter to Governor Cuomo urging him “not to build this Death Star” by expanding abortion in our state. Tragically, this week he and the New York State Legislature did build it.

    Perhaps you’ve already heard from other Catholics urging you to take additional steps called for by this terrible expansion of abortion. Would you consider excommunication?

    It would send a powerful message heard around the world. It would set an example of the kind of pastoral leadership the Church desperately needs on this issue. It would educate Catholics and non-Catholics about the gravity of the injustice and sin of killing babies in the womb.

    My understanding from the passages below is that canon law includes two kinds of excommunication :
    1. Automatic excommunication, which occurs as a result of the individual knowingly choosing a particular act, and which does not require any subsequent judgment by the temporal authority of the Church.
    2. Excommunication brought by the temporal authority of the Church, either by the Bishop of a diocese or by the Holy See, which is a particular judgment of a particular individual(s) and situation.
    Judging from the passages below, the Governor’s actions and those of the legislators who voted for this legislation have incurred “automatic excommunication.”

    Is it still possible for you to add your own judgment as bishop? Or, at the least, to announce that the Governor has, under canon law, automatically incurred the penalty of excommunication by his actions?
    Clearly, in doing this you could emphasize what canon law says is the purpose of excommunication: to inspire repentance and correction. The Governor says he is proud of his Catholic faith. But like other pro-abortion Catholic politicians, he—and millions of others inside and outside the Church—need enlightenment about what that faith requires.
    Please I beg you to take this request to prayer, Bishop Scharfenberger. This has to stop.

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  5. Marjorie Thomas Post author

    Thank you so, so, very much Fr. Matthew. God bless you always. Thank God for your preaching of the true word of God. We must speak the whole true of our Catholic Faith. God give us the strength to do so.

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