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Meditation: Zechariah 2:5-9, 14-15

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Saint Wenceslaus, Martyr (Optional Memorial)

Entrance Antiphon

This holy man fought to the death for the law of his God
and did not fear the words of the godless,
for he was built on solid rock.
OR
The Lord granted him a stern struggle,
that he might know that wisdom is mightier than all else. Cf. Wis 10:12

Collect

O God, who taught the Martyr Saint Wenceslaus
to place the heavenly Kingdom before an earthly one,
grant through his prayers that, denying ourselves,
we may hold fast to you with all our heart.
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.

Zechariah 2:5-9, 14-15a

I, Zechariah, raised my eyes and looked: there was a man with a measuring line in his hand. I asked, “Where are you going?” He answered, “To measure Jerusalem, to see how great is its width and how great its length.”

Then the angel who spoke with me advanced, and another angel came out to meet him and said to him, “Run, tell this to that young man: People will live in Jerusalem as though in open country, because of the multitude of men and beasts in her midst. But I will be for her an encircling wall of fire, says the Lord, and I will be the glory in her midst.”

Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion! See, I am coming to dwell among you, says the Lord. Many nations shall join themselves to the Lord on that day, and they shall be his people and he will dwell among you.

Jeremiah 31:10, 11-12ab, 13

R. The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.
Hear the word of the Lord, O nations,
proclaim it on distant isles, and say:
He who scattered Israel, now gathers them together,
he guards them as a shepherd guards his flock. R.
The Lord shall ransom Jacob,
he shall redeem him from the hand of his conqueror.
Shouting, they shall mount the heights of Zion,
they shall come streaming to the Lord’s blessings. R.
Then the virgins shall make merry and dance,
and young men and old as well.
I will turn their mourning into joy,
I will console and gladden them after their sorrows. R.

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia, alleluia.
Our Savior Christ Jesus destroyed death
and brought life to light through the Gospel. Cf. 2 Tim 1:10
Alleluia, alleluia.

Luke 9:43b-45

While they were all amazed at his every deed, Jesus said to his disciples, “Pay attention to what I am telling you. The Son of Man is to be handed over to men.” But they did not understand this saying; its meaning was hidden from them so that they should not understand it, and they were afraid to ask him about this saying.

Prayer over the Offerings

Sanctify our offerings by your blessing,
O Lord, we pray,
and by your grace may we be set afire
with that flame of your love
through which Saint Wenceslaus overcame every bodily torment.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
OR
May the offerings we bring in commemoration of blessed Saint Wenceslaus
be acceptable to you, we pray, O Lord,
so that they may be pleasing to your majesty
just as the shedding of this Martyr’s blood
was precious in your sight.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Communion Antiphon

Whoever wishes to come after me, must deny himself,
take up his cross, and follow me, says the Lord. Cf. Mt 16:24
OR
Whoever loses his life for my sake,
will find it in eternity, says the Lord. Mt 10:39

Prayer after Communion

May the sacred mysteries of which we have partaken,
O Lord, we pray,
give us that determination which made your blessed Martyr Saint Wenceslaus
faithful in your service
and victorious in suffering.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Daily Meditation: Zechariah 2:5-9, 14-15

He will dwell among you. (Zechariah 2:15)

Have you ever heard of a chancel lamp? It’s that lantern or candle in a church that tells us that Jesus is present in the tabernacle. You might think it was developed as a kind of signal to let people know that they need to be reverent when they enter a church, but there is a lot more to it than this.

Think back to the Book of Exodus. When Moses brought the Israelites out of Egypt, they probably felt vulnerable, scared, and isolated. God understood their anxiety and led them with a pillar of fire. The fire reminded them that he was with them and would guide and protect them always.

Remember too the return of God’s people from exile in Babylon. They were filled with joy as they began to rebuild their lives in the city of Jerusalem. But they were also concerned about the nations around them. Would God protect them and let them live in peace? In today’s first reading, the prophet Zechariah promises that God will be with them, this time as a wall of fire. He will protect them, and, even more, will be present among them as they rebuild.

Wouldn’t you love to have that same kind of comfort and peace? Some sign that God is accompanying you on your journey? The flame of the chancel lamp is that sign. In every church, the chancel lamp is there to tell you that Jesus is present. It’s there to remind you of his faithfulness—when you feel vulnerable, anxious, joyful, contented, or scared. It’s there to tell you that Jesus is really and truly present, hidden inside the tabernacle, just as he is present and hidden in the depths of your heart.

Of course, we know that God is always present to us. Our Bible says so; our catechism says so; even our own memory of past events says so. Still, his presence in the Blessed Sacrament stands above all of these assurances. Visible yet hidden, understandable yet mysterious, he is inviting you to come sit with him. Can you take a few moments out of your day and respond to his invitation? Go spend time with him; he just may have a special message for you.

“Thank you, Jesus, for your perpetual presence! Thank you for enlightening my heart!”

(Psalm) Jeremiah 31:10-13
Luke 9:43-45

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