Thursday February 15,2018

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Isaiah 58:1-9   Psalm 51:3-6, 18-19   Matthew 9:14-15

14 Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?" 15 And Jesus said to them, "Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come, when the bridegroom is  taken away from them, and then they will fast.

    The gospel passage pictures the question of the fasting and feasting. If fasting is conceived as a lamenting or grieving over God’s failure to act, it is contrary to what the gospel signifies. The Christian is not characterized by sorrow, sackcloth and ashes, laments and fasting, but a person of joy who has experienced grace and fulfillment. The synoptic tradition is unanimous in telling us that he imposed no special disciple of fasting on his disciples. “The wedding guest cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they?
It is of course the presence of Jesus in the heart of heart will surely make us glad and joy always. If we lose the very presence of Jesus in us because of sin, greed, pride, quarrel, or anything, we will indeed miss the inner peace and joy. Jesus also assures elsewhere in the gospel that the peace and joy that he brings is not limited to the mundane but is that of divine and of course everlasting too.  
Let us now ask ourselves whether we feel the greatest joy of having Jesus’ presence in our hearts and throughout our lives. If not today is indeed the graceful time and occasion to bring back Jesus in to our lives so that we may have the greatest joy. 

Bro. Dynish


Saint of the day "Transfer of the Body of St. Anthony of Padua"

When St. Anthony died on June 13, 1231, his body was buried in the little Franciscan Church of St. Mary in Padua. By 1263, the building of the present great basilica was advanced far enough so that his remains could be placed beneath the high altar. When the coffin was opened on the occasion, it was found that the saint's body had been reduced to ashes except for a few bones, but his tongue was intact and life-like. St. Bonaventure, who was present as minister general of the Friars Minor, took the tongue reverently into his hands and exclaimed, "O blessed tongue, which has always blessed God and caused others to bless Him, now it appears evident how great were your merits before God!" The tongue of St. Anthony was placed in a special reliquary, and can still be seen today in a separate chapel on the epistle side of the basilica. In 1310 the basilica was almost finished, and the remains of St. Anthony were transferred to a tomb in the middle of the nave. The final transfer of the relics of St. Anthony to their present chapel on the Gospel side of the basilica took place in 1350. It is the latter transfer that is commemorated on February 15.