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JOURNAL POSTINGS 24 September 2017, Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time. 'Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near'. These words come from our Old Testament reading today. 'Seeking God' lies at the heart of the monastic vocation. As the Psalmist said, 'Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!' And again, 'Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his presence continually! Thou hast said, "Seek ye my face." My heart says to thee, "Thy face, Lord, do I seek". This kind of seeking is not like speed reading in order to gain information; it is a true search of the heart, drawn by its true lodestone, who is Christ Himself. He is the Way, as He Himself said. May God bless you this day.

Saturday 23 September 2017, S Pius of Pietrelcina, Memoria. Better known as Padre Pio, this great saint said: 'Don't allow any sadness to dwell in your soul, for sadness prevents the Holy Spirit from acting freely. Let us therefore, love to quench our thirst at this fountain of living water and go forward all the time along the way of divine love. But let us also be convinced that our souls will never be satisfied here below. In fact it would be disastrous for us if, at a certain stage of our journey, we were to feel satisfied, for it would be a sign that we thought we had reached our goal, and in this we would be deceived'. May his prayers assist us in our journey, and may we go forward in joy and in thankfulness for all His mercies. God bless you.

Friday 22 September 2017, Feria in Ordinary Time. Today's Gospel reading from S Luke reads: 'Soon afterward he went on through cities and villages, preaching and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him, and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their means'. Later on in Luke's gospel, as Jesus is carrying His Cross out to Golgotha, we come across the women again: 'And there followed him a great multitude of the people, and of women who bewailed and lamented him'. As today we remember the Cross, let us give thanks for all who stand by the Cross of others; helplessly may be, but like our Lady remaining steadfastly by. May God bless you today.

Thursday 21 September 2017, S Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist, Feast. Pope Benedict XVI said of him: 'His name in Hebrew means "gift of God". The first canonical Gospel, which goes under his name, presents him to us in the list of the Twelve, labelled very precisely: "the tax collector" ... Thus, Matthew is identified with the man sitting at the tax office whom Jesus calls to follow him: "As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax office; and he said to him, 'Follow me'. And he rose and followed him" … Jesus does not exclude anyone from his friendship. Indeed, precisely while he is at table in the home of Matthew-Levi, in response to those who expressed shock at the fact that he associated with people who had so little to recommend them, he made the important statement: "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I came not to call the righteous, but sinners" ... The good news of the Gospel consists precisely in this: offering God's grace to the sinner! … Eusebius, the historian, adds this piece of information: "When Matthew, who had first preached among the Jews, decided also to reach out to other peoples, he wrote down the Gospel he preached in his mother tongue; thus, he sought to put in writing, for those whom he was leaving, what they would be losing with his departure" ... The Gospel of Matthew written in Hebrew or Aramaic is no longer extant, but in the Greek Gospel that we possess we still continue to hear, in a certain way, the persuasive voice of the publican Matthew, who, having become an Apostle, continues to proclaim God's saving mercy to us'. May we remain ever open to that mercy, and be ready to rise, and follow the Lord. God bless you.

Wednesday 20 September 2017, SS Andrew Kim Tae-g?n Priest, Paul Ch?ng Ha-sang, and companions, Martyrs, Memoria. In 1984 Pope S John Paul canonised 98 Koreans and three French missionaries who had been martyred between 1839 and 1867. He said: 'There are surprising similarities between what we see in many of the Martyrs of Korea and the personality of the great Apostle of the Gentiles: total dedication to the cause of Christ; unbreakable courage and a spirit of sacrifice for the defence of that cause to its final consequences; an unrestrainable and unshakable desire to share the interior joy of one's own Christian experience with the greatest number of souls possible, without ever succumbing to misunderstanding or discouragement. "I know how to be poor and I know how to be rich . . ." Paul was ready for everything and, at the same time, he was detached from everything. One thing alone concerned him: to be and to remain with Christ. Everything else was viewed as secondary and directed to that absolute goal, in relation to that supreme and unrenounceable value. From Jesus himself he received the strength for this complete detachment. Through grace Jesus held him close to himself. It was also this way with the Martyrs of Korea'. May they pray for us today, and may God bless you.

 

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