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Saint Bede the Venerable, Priest and Doctor of the Church (Optional Memorial)
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, alleluia. Cf. Sir 15:5
The mouth of the just man utters wisdom,
and his tongue tells forth what is just;
the law of his God is in his heart, alleluia. Ps 37 (36):30-31
O God, who bring light to your Church
through the learning of the Priest Saint Bede,
mercifully grant that your servants
may always be enlightened by his wisdom and helped by his merits.
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.
While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul traveled through the interior of the country and down to Ephesus where he found some disciples. He said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?” They answered him, “We have never even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” He said, “How were you baptized?” They replied, “With the baptism of John.” Paul then said, “John baptized with a baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, in Jesus.” When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. Altogether there were about twelve men.
He entered the synagogue, and for three months debated boldly with persuasive arguments about the Kingdom of God.
R. Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
or R. Alleluia.
God arises; his enemies are scattered,
and those who hate him flee before him.
As smoke is driven away, so are they driven;
as wax melts before the fire. R.
But the just rejoice and exult before God;
they are glad and rejoice.
Sing to God, chant praise to his name;
whose name is the Lord. R.
The father of orphans and the defender of widows
is God in his holy dwelling.
God gives a home to the forsaken;
he leads forth prisoners to prosperity. R.
If then you were raised with Christ,
seek what is above,
where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Col 3:1
The disciples said to Jesus, “Now you are talking plainly, and not in any figure of speech. Now we realize that you know everything and that you do not need to have anyone question you. Because of this we believe that you came from God.” Jesus answered them, “Do you believe now? Behold, the hour is coming and has arrived when each of you will be scattered to his own home and you will leave me alone. But I am not alone, because the Father is with me. I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.”
Prayer over the Offerings
May the sacrifice which we gladly present on the feast day of blessed Saint Bede,
be pleasing to you, O God,
for, taught by him, we, too, give ourselves entirely to you in praise.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Behold a faithful and prudent steward
to give them their allowance of food at the proper time, alleluia. Cf. Lk 12:42
He who ponders the law of the Lord day and night
will yield his fruit in due season, alleluia. Cf. Ps 1:2-3
Prayer after Communion
Through Christ the teacher, O Lord,
instruct those you feed with Christ, the living Bread,
that on the feast day of blessed Saint Bede they may learn your truth
and express it in works of charity.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Daily Meditation: John 16:29-33
I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. (John 16:33)
Imagine how the disciples felt. Jesus’ words were puzzling—troubling, even. So many things they didn’t understand, and what Jesus was saying didn’t seem all that helpful. Jesus knew that shortly he would be arrested and put to death. He also knew his disciples would panic and scatter when they saw their Master deliver himself into his enemies’ hands. So he spoke words to comfort and reassure them—and us as well.
God sent Jesus “to guide our feet into the path of peace” (Luke 1:79). But today’s Gospel makes it clear that the peace Jesus came to bring exists apart from things generally “going our way.” A swift commute to work, well-behaved children, and short checkout lines at the store might be gifts from God, but they are not necessarily the peace that Jesus wants for us. The peace “that surpasses all understanding” is the peace that comes from being in the presence of God (Philippians 4:7).
Maybe you’ve experienced that kind of peace at Mass or when you sit quietly to pray. But God doesn’t want his peace to come and go. He wants you to know it all day, every day. Few of us really do, but you can work toward it.
Scripture tells us, “Seek peace and follow after it” (1 Peter 3:11). Don’t return insult for insult. Bite back hurtful words. Don’t let anger fester. Seek forgiveness and reconciliation with people. Speak the truth and do what you know is right. And make it a habit to turn back to the Lord during the day—frequently.
Because Jesus has conquered the world, it is possible to live in the peace we long for (John 16:33). Perhaps you could give yourself a “peace check” every so often during the day. If you find yourself feeling troubled, anxious, or unsettled, ask the Lord to give you his peace. At the same time, do whatever you can to bring peace into a troubled situation. It may take some work on your part to live in peace, but you weren’t meant to do it on your own. After all, Jesus has already done the heavy lifting!
“Jesus, Prince of Peace, reign in my thoughts and emotions today, no matter what situations I face.”
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