TUESDAY 28 JANUARY 2020

tuesday 28 JANUARY 2020

 

St Thomas Aquinas, Priest, Doctor (1225 – 1274)

He was born of a noble family in southern Italy, and was educated by the Benedictines. He studied in Paris and in Cologne under the great philosopher St Albert the Great. He is the church’s one and only Angelic Doctor.

 

White

 

Entrance Antiphon :  cf. Sir 15: 5

In the midst of the Church he opened his mouth, and the Lord filled him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding and clothed him in a robe of glory.

 

Collect

O God, who made Saint Thomas Aquinas outstanding in his zeal for holiness and his study of sacred doctrine, grant us, we pray, that we may understand what he taught and imitate what he accomplished. 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: 2 Samuel 6:12-15,17-19

David went and brought the ark of God up from Obed-edom’s house to the Citadel of David with great rejoicing. When the bearers of the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, he sacrificed an ox and a fat sheep. And David danced whirling round before the Lord with all his might, wearing a linen loincloth round him. Thus David and all the House of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with acclaim and the sound of the horn. They brought the ark of the Lord in and put it in position inside the tent that David had pitched for it; and David offered holocausts before the Lord, and communion sacrifices. And when David had finished offering holocausts and communion sacrifices, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of Hosts. He then distributed among all the people, among the whole multitude of Israelites, men and women, a roll of bread to each, a portion of dates, and a raisin cake. Then they all went away, each to his own house.

 

Psalm 23(24):7-10

R/  Who is the king of glory? He, the Lord, he is the king of glory.

 

  1. O gates, lift high your heads; grow higher, ancient doors. Let him enter, the king of glory!
  2. Who is the king of glory? The Lord, the mighty, the valiant, the Lord, the valiant in war.
  3. O gates, lift high your heads; grow higher, ancient doors. Let him enter, the king of glory!
  4. Who is he, the king of glory? He, the Lord of armies, he is the king of glory.

 

Gospel Acclamation: Ps 118:135

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

 

Gospel: Mark 3:31-35

The mother and brothers of Jesus arrived and, standing outside, sent in a message asking for him. A crowd was sitting round him at the time the message was passed to him, ‘Your mother and brothers and sisters are outside asking for you.’ He replied, ‘Who are my mother and my brothers?’ And looking round at those sitting in a circle about him, he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers. Anyone who does the will of God, that person is my brother and sister and mother.’

 

Prayer over the Offerings

May the sacrifice which we gladly present on the feast day of blessed St. Thomas Aquinas, be pleasing to you, O God, for, taught by him, we, too, give ourselves entirely to you in praise. Through Christ our Lord.

 

Communion Antiphon:  Lk 12: 42

Behold a faithful and prudent steward to give them their allowance of food at the proper time.

 

Prayer after Communion

Through Christ the teacher, O Lord, instruct those you feed with Christ, the living Bread, that on the feast day of St. Thomas Aquinas, they may learn your truth and express it in works of charity. Through Christ our Lord.

 

 

Meditation

While people apparently recognise only blood-relationships, Jesus goes beyond! He speaks of his true family or family members. To Jesus, family membership includes all who do “the will of God”. The Gospel of Luke puts more emphasis on this: “Those who hear the Word of God and do it” (Luke 8:21). It is the new family, the family of the eschatological times that Jesus came to establish here on earth. In affirming this, we are not to understand that Jesus negates blood-relationships; rather, he merely lays stress on the fact that, now, it is faith-relationship that counts. Our Faith renders us all “brothers and sisters”. It is proper that we live as such.  Jesus says that his followers are closer to him than even his blood relatives.

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