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27 February 2020 Catholic Mass Daily Bible Reading

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USCCB. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 9,22-25. Jesus said to his disciples: "The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes…More
USCCB. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 9,22-25.

Jesus said to his disciples: "The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised."
Then he said to all, "If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.
What profit is there for one to gain the whole world yet lose or forfeit himself?"


Saint Francis de Sales (1567-1622)
Bishop of Geneva and Doctor of the Church
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The renunciation of self
The love we have for ourselves (…) is both affective and effective. Effective love is the kind which governs the great, ambitious of honors and riches, who acquire numerous good things for themselves and never tire of gaining them: these, I say, love themselves greatly with that effective love. But there are others who love themselves even more with affective love: these are excessively gentle with themselves and never do anything but spoil and care for and comfort themselves: they fear anything that might harm them so much that it is a sorrowful sight. (…)
This tenderness is the more unbearable in things of the spirit than in bodily things, especially if by some misfortune it is practised or undertaken by the most spiritual people, who would like to be saints all at once without it costing them anything, not even the struggles caused by the repugnances of the lower part of the soul towards those things that are contrary to nature. (…)
To reject our repugnances, silence our preferences, mortify our affections, mortify our judgment and renounce self-will is something that the affective and tender love we bear towards ourselves cannot allow without crying: oh, how much it costs! And in this way we do nothing. (…)
It would be better to carry a little cross made of straw someone has laid on my shoulders without my choosing than to go and cut down a much bigger one in the woodland with a great deal of work and then carry it with much labor. And I will be more pleasing to God with the straw cross than with that which I would have fashioned with far more trouble and sweat and would bear with more satisfaction because of the self-love which is so pleased with its own inventions and so little at allowing itself to be led and governed.
Irapuato
✍️ Book of Deuteronomy 30,15-20.
Moses said to the people: "Today I have set before you life and prosperity, death and doom.
If you obey the commandments of the LORD, your God, which I enjoin on you today, loving him, and walking in his ways, and keeping his commandments, statutes and decrees, you will live and grow numerous, and the LORD, your God, will bless you in the land you are entering …More
✍️ Book of Deuteronomy 30,15-20.
Moses said to the people: "Today I have set before you life and prosperity, death and doom.
If you obey the commandments of the LORD, your God, which I enjoin on you today, loving him, and walking in his ways, and keeping his commandments, statutes and decrees, you will live and grow numerous, and the LORD, your God, will bless you in the land you are entering to occupy.
If, however, you turn away your hearts and will not listen, but are led astray and adore and serve other gods,
I tell you now that you will certainly perish; you will not have a long life on the land which you are crossing the Jordan to enter and occupy.
I call heaven and earth today to witness against you: I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live,
by loving the LORD, your God, heeding his voice, and holding fast to him. For that will mean life for you, a long life for you to live on the land which the LORD swore he would give to your fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob."

Psalms 1,1-2.3.4.6.
Blessed the man who follows not
the counsel of the wicked
Nor walks in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the company of the insolent,
But delights in the law of the LORD
and meditates on his law day and night.

He is like a tree
planted near running water,
that yields its fruit in due season,
and whose leaves never fade.
Whatever he does, prospers.

Not so, the wicked, not so;
they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
For the LORD watches over the way of the just,
but the way of the wicked vanishes.