THURSDAY 31 JANUARY 2019

St John Bosco (1815 – 1888)

He was born in Piedmont of a peasant family, and he was brought up by his widowed mother. He became a priest, and his particular concern was for the young.

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Entrance Antiphon:  Cf. Ps 131: 9

Your priests, O Lord, shall be clothed with justice; your holy ones shall ring out their joy.

 

Collect

O God, who raised up the Priest Saint John Bosco as a father and teacher of the young, grant, we pray, that, aflame with the same fire of love, we may seek out souls and serve you alone. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

 

First reading : Hebrews 10:19-25

Through the blood of Jesus we have the right to enter the sanctuary, by a new way which he has opened for us, a living opening through the curtain, that is to say, his body. And we have the supreme high priest over all the house of God. So as we go in, let us be sincere in heart and filled with faith, our minds sprinkled and free from any trace of bad conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us keep firm in the hope we profess, because the one who made the promise is faithful. Let us be concerned for each other, to stir a response in love and good works. Do not stay away from the meetings of the community, as some do, but encourage each other to go; the more so as you see the Day drawing near.

 

Psalm 23(24):1-6

R/ Such are the men who seek your face, O Lord.

 

 

1. The Lord’s is the earth and its fullness, the world and all its peoples. It is he who set it on the seas; on the waters he made it firm.

 

2. Who shall climb the mountain of the Lord? Who shall stand in his holy place? The man with clean hands and pure heart, who desires not worthless things.

 

3. He shall receive blessings from the Lord and reward from the God who saves him. Such are the men who seek him, seek the face of the God of Jacob.

 

Gospel Acclamation: Ps 118:135

Alleluia, alleluia!Let your face shine on your servant, and teach me your decrees. Alleluia!

 

Gospel: Mark 4:21-25

Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Would you bring in a lamp to put it under a tub or under the bed? Surely you will put it on the lamp-stand? For there is nothing hidden but it must be disclosed, nothing kept secret except to be brought to light. If anyone has ears to hear, let him listen to this.’ He also said to them, ‘Take notice of what you are hearing. The amount you measure out is the amount you will be given – and more besides; for the man who has will be given more; from the man who has not, even what he has will be taken away.’

 

Prayer over the Offerings

Receive, O Lord, we pray, the offerings placed on your altar in commemoration of Saint John Bosco so that, as you brought him glory, you may, through these sacred mysteries, grant to us your pardon. Through Christ our Lord.

 

Communion Antiphon Cf. Mt 24: 46-47

Blessed is the servant whom the Lord finds watching when he comes. Amen I say to you: He will put that servant in charge of all his property.

 

Prayer after Communion

May partaking at the heavenly table, almighty God, confirm and increase strength from on high in all who celebrate the feast day of Saint John Bosco that we may preserve in integrity the gift of faith and walk in the path of salvation you trace for us. Through Christ our Lord.

 

 

Meditation

The goal of human life is union with God. God made us in order to live with him in this world and in the next. Sin makes union with God impossible, but sin has been destroyed by Jesus. In Jesus therefore, we can achieve the purpose of our existence; we can be united with God. Through faith in Jesus, by holding on in hope to his promise of eternal life, and by obeying his command to show love to our brothers and sisters, we will live in God and God will live in us. It is in this way that our lives can shine like a lamp that is placed on a lampstand and gives light to an entire house. When we live in union with Jesus, we become witnesses of the presence and action of Jesus in the world. As St. Josemaria Escriva advises, let us live in such a way that anyone who sees us will know that we read the life of Christ. Let our very existence be a witness of our union with Christ to the world.

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