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Saint Philip Neri, Priest (Memorial)
The love of God has been poured into our hearts
through the Spirit of God dwelling within us, alleluia. Rom 5:5; cf. 8:11
O God, who never cease to bestow the glory of holiness
on the faithful servants you raise up for yourself,
that the Holy Spirit may kindle in us that fire
with which he wonderfully filled
the heart of Saint Philip Neri.
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. Amen.
From Miletus Paul had the presbyters of the Church at Ephesus summoned. When they came to him, he addressed them, “You know how I lived among you the whole time from the day I first came to the province of Asia. I served the Lord with all humility and with the tears and trials that came to me because of the plots of the Jews, and I did not at all shrink from telling you what was for your benefit, or from teaching you in public or in your homes. I earnestly bore witness for both Jews and Greeks to repentance before God and to faith in our Lord Jesus. But now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem. What will happen to me there I do not know, except that in one city after another the Holy Spirit has been warning me that imprisonment and hardships await me. Yet I consider life of no importance to me, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to bear witness to the Gospel of God’s grace.
“But now I know that none of you to whom I preached the kingdom during my travels will ever see my face again. And so I solemnly declare to you this day that I am not responsible for the blood of any of you, for I did not shrink from proclaiming to you the entire plan of God.”
R. Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
or R. Alleluia.
A bountiful rain you showered down, O God, upon your inheritance;
you restored the land when it languished;
Your flock settled in it;
in your goodness, O God, you provided it for the needy. R.
Blessed day by day be the Lord,
who bears our burdens; God, who is our salvation.
God is a saving God for us;
the Lord, my Lord, controls the passageways of death. R.
I will ask the Father
and he will give you another Advocate
to be with you always. Jn 14:16
Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Give glory to your son, so that your son may glorify you, just as you gave him authority over all people, so that your son may give eternal life to all you gave him. Now this is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ. I glorified you on earth by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do. Now glorify me, Father, with you, with the glory that I had with you before the world began.
“I revealed your name to those whom you gave me out of the world. They belonged to you, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you gave me is from you, because the words you gave to me I have given to them, and they accepted them and truly understood that I came from you, and they have believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for the ones you have given me, because they are yours, and everything of mine is yours and everything of yours is mine, and I have been glorified in them. And now I will no longer be in the world, but they are in the world, while I am coming to you.”
Prayer over the Offerings
As we offer you the sacrifice of praise, O Lord,
we ask that by the example of Saint Philip
we may always give ourselves cheerfully
for the glory of your name
and the service of our neighbor.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
As the Father loves me, so I also love you;
remain in my love, says the Lord, alleluia. Jn 15:9
Prayer after Communion
Having fed upon these heavenly delights,
we pray, O Lord,
that in imitation of Saint Philip
we may always long for that food by which we truly live.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Today's Meditation: Acts 20:17-27
I served the Lord with all humility. (Acts 20:19)
Summarizing some of the main points of his life and ministry among them, St. Paul gave this farewell address to the elders of Ephesus. Since he knew that they would not see him again, it was to be something like his final legacy.
Have you ever thought about what kind of legacy you would like to leave? For which accomplishments in your life, or for which character traits, would you like to be remembered? You might be tempted to think that there is no way your legacy could be so noble or impressive as Paul’s. But if you think that way, you’re most likely limiting what God can accomplish through you.
Especially as we get older, our dreams of who we might become or what we might accomplish can grow quite limited. World-wearied, discouraged by past failures, or held back by conventional ways of thinking and acting, we might end up accepting far less than God actually wants to do in us and through us. We may be tempted to think that only canonized saints can accomplish anything significant. Laypeople may believe that only clergy or religious can make any lasting mark in the Church. And religious or clergy may see their own challenges or difficulties as limiting anything truly worthy of greatness in God’s kingdom. But none of these thoughts really reflect God’s view of any of us.
Whenever we think about our legacy, we should remember that “nothing will be impossible for God” (Luke 1:37). There is so much work to be done, and God needs willing vessels—at every age and state in life—to help build his kingdom. Jesus can do mighty things through you. Why not give him a chance? Let him know about your thoughts, dreams, and desires. Tell him how you want to leave a mark on the Church. Then, with humility but with boldness pray, “Here I am, Lord. I come to do your will.” Whether it’s intercession, parish service, caring for the poor, or something altogether different, go for it, and watch what God can do through you!
“Holy Spirit, pour out your power and strength on me so that I may accomplish more than I can ask or imagine.”
Psalm 68:10-11, 20-21
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