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Sunday, 23 February 2020 : Book of Leviticus 19:1-2.17-18.

22 February 2020 - 5:34pm
The LORD said to Moses, "Speak to the whole Israelite community and tell them: Be holy, for I, the LORD your God, am holy. "You shall not bear hatred for your brother in your heart. Though you may have to reprove your fellow man, do not incur sin because of him. Take no revenge and cherish no grudge against your fellow countrymen. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD."

Sunday, 23 February 2020 : Psalms 103(102):1-2.3-4.8.10.12-13.

22 February 2020 - 5:34pm
Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all my being, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits. He pardons all your iniquities, he heals all your ills. He redeems your life from destruction, he crowns you with kindness and compassion. Merciful and gracious is the LORD, slow to anger and abounding in kindness. Not according to our sins does he deal with us, nor does he requite us according to our crimes. As far as the east is from the west, so far has he put our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him.

Sunday, 23 February 2020 : First Letter to the Corinthians 3:16-23.

22 February 2020 - 5:34pm
Brothers and sisters: Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy that person; for the temple of God, which you are, is holy. Let no one deceive himself. If any one among you considers himself wise in this age, let him become a fool so as to become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in the eyes of God, for it is written: "He catches the wise in their own ruses," and again: "The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain." So let no one boast about human beings, for everything belongs to you, Paul or Apollos or Kephas, or the world or life or death, or the present or the future: all belong to you, and you to Christ, and Christ to God.

Sunday, 23 February 2020 : Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 5:38-48.

22 February 2020 - 5:34pm
Jesus said to his disciples: "You have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil. When someone strikes you on (your) right cheek, turn the other one to him as well. If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic, hand him your cloak as well. Should anyone press you into service for one mile, go with him for two miles. Give to the one who asks of you, and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow." You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brothers only, what is unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same? So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect."

Friday, 21 February 2020 : Letter of James 2:14-24.26.

22 February 2020 - 5:34pm
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well," but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it? So also faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead. Indeed someone might say, "You have faith and I have works." Demonstrate your faith to me without works, and I will demonstrate my faith to you from my works. You believe that God is one. You do well. Even the demons believe that and tremble. Do you want proof, you ignoramus, that faith without works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered his son Isaac upon the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by the works. Thus the scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness," and he was called "the friend of God." See how a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. For just as a body without a spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.

Friday, 21 February 2020 : Psalms 112(111):1-2.3-4.5-6.

22 February 2020 - 5:34pm
Blessed the man who fears the LORD, who greatly delights in his commands. His posterity shall be mighty upon the earth; the upright generation shall be blessed. Wealth and riches shall be in his house; his generosity shall endure forever. His generosity shall endure forever. Light shines through the darkness for the upright; he is gracious and merciful and just. Well for the man who is gracious and lends, who conducts his affairs with justice; He shall never be moved; the just one shall be in everlasting remembrance.

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Friday, 21 February 2020 : Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 8:34-38.9:1.

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Jesus summoned the crowd with his disciples and said to them, «Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the gospel will save it." What profit is there for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? What could one give in exchange for his life? Whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this faithless and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of when he comes in his Father's glory with the holy angels." He also said to them, "Amen, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see that the kingdom of God has come in power."

Friday, 21 February 2020 : Commentary Saint Gertrude of Helfta

22 February 2020 - 5:34pm
O dearest death, you are my happiest lot. Ah, let my soul find a nest for itself in you, O death. O death, bearing the fruits of eternal life, ah, may your life-giving streams envelop me totally. O death, everlasting life: ah, may I always have hope under your wings. O saving death, ah, may my soul linger in your very bright goodness. O most precious death, you are my dearest ransom. Ah, may you absorb all my life in you and immerse my death in you. O life-giving death, ah, may I melt beneath your wings. O death, drop of life, ah, may the very dulcet spark of life you bring burn in me forever. (…) O most loving death, in you are all good things stored up for me. Ah, may your lovingly-kind care be with me so that in dying I may repose dulcetly beneath your shadow. O most merciful death, you are my happiest life. You are my best share. You are my most copious redemption. You are my very brightest inheritance. Ah, envelop me altogether in you, hide my life altogether in you, hide my death away in you. (…) O death very close to my heart, preserve me for you forever in your fatherly charity as a ransom and sempiternal possession.