20 July 2013
Extracted from the book of Deuteronomy 30:10-14:
Moses said to the people: ‘Obey the voice of the Lord your God, keeping those commandments and laws of his that are written in the Book of this Law, and you shall return to the Lord your God with all your heart and soul.
‘For this Law that I enjoin on you today is not beyond your strength or beyond your reach. It is not in heaven, so that you need to wonder, “Who will go up to heaven for us and bring it down to us, so that we may hear it and keep it?” Nor is it beyond the seas, so that you need to wonder, “Who will cross the seas for us and bring it back to us, so that we may hear it and keep it?” No, the Word is very near to you, it is in your mouth and in your heart for your observance.’
Seek the Lord, you who are poor, and your hearts will revive.
This is my prayer to you, my prayer for your favour.
In your great love, answer me, O God, with your help that never fails:
Lord, answer, for your love is kind; in your compassion, turn towards me.
As for me in my poverty and pain let your help, O God, lift me up.
I will praise God’s name with a song; I will glorify him with thanksgiving.
The poor when they see it will be glad and God-seeking hearts will revive;
for the Lord listens to the needy and does not spurn his servants in their chains.
For God will bring help to Zion and rebuild the cities of Judah
and men shall dwell there in possession.
The sons of his servants shall inherit it; those who love his name shall dwell there.
The precepts of the Lord gladden the heart.
The law of the Lord is perfect, it revives the soul.
The rule of the Lord is to be trusted, it gives wisdom to the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right, they gladden the heart.
The command of the Lord is clear, it gives light to the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is holy, abiding for ever.
The decrees of the Lord are truth and all of them just.
They are more to be desired than gold, than the purest of gold
and sweeter are they than honey, than honey from the comb.
Extracted from the letter of Saint Paul to the Colossians 1:15-20:
Christ Jesus is the image of the unseen God and the first-born of all creation,
for in him were created all things in heaven and on earth:
everything visible and everything invisible, Thrones, Dominations, Sovereignties, Powers –
all things were created through him and for him.
Before anything was created, he existed, and he holds all things in unity.
Now the Church is his body, he is its head.
As he is the Beginning, he was first to be born from the dead,
so that he should be first in every way; because God wanted all perfection
to be found in him and all things to be reconciled through him and for him,
everything in heaven and everything on earth, when he made peace
by his death on the cross.
Extracted from the holy Gospel according to Luke 10:25-37:
There was a lawyer who, to disconcert Jesus, stood up and said to him, ‘Master, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’
He said to him, ‘What is written in the Law? What do you read there?’
He replied, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbour as yourself.’
‘You have answered right,’ said Jesus ‘do this and life is yours.’
But the man was anxious to justify himself and said to Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbour?’
Jesus replied, ‘A man was once on his way down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell into the hands of brigands; they took all he had, beat him and then made off, leaving him half dead. Now a priest happened to be travelling down the same road, but when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. In the same way a Levite who came to the place saw him, and passed by on the other side.
But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion when he saw him. He went up and bandaged his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them. He then lifted him on to his own mount, carried him to the inn and looked after him. Next day, he took out two denarii and handed them to the innkeeper. “Look after him,” he said “and on my way back I will make good any extra expense you have.”
Which of these three, do you think, proved himself a neighbour to the man who fell into the brigands‘ hands?’
‘The one who took pity on him’ he replied.
Jesus said to him, ‘Go, and do the same yourself.’
It was the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time on 14 July 2013.
Here are the Readings that were read in the Eucharistic Celebrations all over the world on the same day (see above):
1st Reading: Deuteronomy 30:10-14,
Responsorial: Psalm 69:14,17,30-31,33-34,36-37 or Psalm 19:8-11,
2nd Reading: Colossians 1:15-20 &
Gospel Reading: Luke 10:25-37.
We have extracted the Homilies of Pope Benedict XVI & Pope Francis I based on the aforesaid Readings to share with you, so that you could similarly be encouraged:
Lorenzago di Cadore (Belluno)
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I thank the Lord who this year has granted me the opportunity to spend a few days of rest in the mountains, and I am grateful to all who have welcomed me here at Lorenzago, in this enchanting setting with the peaks of Mount Cadore in the background, which my beloved Predecessor Pope John Paul II also visited several times. I offer special thanks to the Bishops of Treviso and Belluno-Feltre, and to all who in various ways have helped to assure me a peaceful stay that serves its purpose. Before this view of meadows, woods and peaks soaring to the sky, the desire to praise God for the marvels of his works spontaneously wells up in one's heart and our admiration for these beauties of nature is easily transformed into prayer.