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13 November 2019 Catholic Mass Daily Bible Reading

Irapuato
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USCCB. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 17,11-19. As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem, he traveled through Samaria and Galilee. As he was entering a village, ten lepers …More
USCCB. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 17,11-19.

As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem, he traveled through Samaria and Galilee.
As he was entering a village, ten lepers met him. They stood at a distance from him
and raised their voice, saying, "Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!"
And when he saw them, he said, "Go show yourselves to the priests." As they were going they were cleansed.
And one of them, realizing he had been healed, returned, glorifying God in a loud voice;
and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. He was a Samaritan.
Jesus said in reply, "Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine?
Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?"
Then he said to him, "Stand up and go; your faith has saved you."


Saint Bernard (1091-1153)
Cistercian monk and doctor of the Church
Sermon 27


"Is there none but this foreigner?"
How happy was that Samaritan leper who recognised that “he possessed nothing he had not received” (1Cor 4:7). “He guarded what had been entrusted to him” (2 Tm 1:12) and turned back to the Lord to thank him. Blessed are they who, after each gift of grace, turn back to him in whom is the fullness of all the graces, for if we show ourselves thankful in regard to him for all we have received, then we make ready a place for grace within ourselves... in even greater abundance. In fact our ingratitude is the only thing that prevents us making progress following our conversion...
Happy, then, are they who think of themselves as strangers and who give great thanks for even the least blessing, thinking that everything given to a stranger and foreigner is a wholly free gift. How unfortunate and wretched we are, on the other hand, if after first of all appearing timid, humble and pious we then forget just how freely given is what we have received...
I beg you then, brethren, let us remain ever more humbly under the mighty hand of God (1 Pt 5:6)... Let us continue in thanksgiving with great devotion and he will grant us the grace that alone can save our souls. Let us show our gratitude, not just in our words and on our lips but in deed and in truth.
Irapuato
Book of Wisdom 6,2-11.
Hear, O kings, and understand; learn, you magistrates of the earth’s expanse! Hearken, you who are in power over the multitude and lord it over throngs of peoples!
Because authority was given you by the LORD and sovereignty by the Most High, who shall probe your works and scrutinize your counsels!
Because, though you were ministers of his kingdom, you judged …More
Book of Wisdom 6,2-11.
Hear, O kings, and understand; learn, you magistrates of the earth’s expanse! Hearken, you who are in power over the multitude and lord it over throngs of peoples!
Because authority was given you by the LORD and sovereignty by the Most High, who shall probe your works and scrutinize your counsels!
Because, though you were ministers of his kingdom, you judged not rightly, and did not keep the law, nor walk according to the will of God,
Terribly and swiftly shall he come against you, because judgment is stern for the exalted-
For the lowly may be pardoned out of mercy but the mighty shall be mightily put to the test.
For the Lord of all shows no partiality, nor does he fear greatness, Because he himself made the great as well as the small, and he provides for all alike;
but for those in power a rigorous scrutiny impends.
To you, therefore, O princes, are my words addressed that you may learn wisdom and that you may not sin.
For those who keep the holy precepts hallowed shall be found holy, and those learned in them will have ready a response.
Desire therefore my words; long for them and you shall be instructed.

Psalms 82(81),3-4.6-7.
Defend the lowly and the fatherless;
render justice to the afflicted and the destitute.
Rescue the lowly and the poor;
from the hand of the wicked deliver them.

I said: “You are gods,
all of you sons of the Most High;
yet like men you shall die,
and fall like any prince.”