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Meditation: Matthew 15:1-2, 10-14

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Saint John Vianney, Priest (Memorial)

Entrance Antiphon

Your priests, O Lord, shall be clothed with justice;
your holy ones shall ring out their joy. Cf. Ps 132 (131):9


Almighty and merciful God,
who made the Priest Saint John Vianney
wonderful in his pastoral zeal,
grant, we pray,
that through his intercession and example
we may in charity win brothers and sisters for Christ
and attain with them eternal glory.
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.

Jeremiah 30:1-2, 12-15, 18-22

The following message came to Jeremiah from the Lord: For thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Write all the words I have spoken to you in a book.

For thus says the Lord:
Incurable is your wound,
grievous your bruise;
There is none to plead your cause,
no remedy for your running sore,
no healing for you.
All your lovers have forgotten you,
they do not seek you.
I struck you as an enemy would strike,
punished you cruelly;
Why cry out over your wound?
your pain is without relief.
Because of your great guilt,
your numerous sins,
I have done this to you.

Thus says the Lord:
See! I will restore the tents of Jacob,
his dwellings I will pity;
City shall be rebuilt upon hill,
and palace restored as it was.
From them will resound songs of praise,
the laughter of happy men.
I will make them not few, but many;
they will not be tiny, for I will glorify them.
His sons shall be as of old,
his assembly before me shall stand firm;
I will punish all his oppressors.
His leader shall be one of his own,
and his rulers shall come from his kin.
When I summon him, he shall approach me;
how else should one take the deadly risk
of approaching me? says the Lord.
You shall be my people,
and I will be your God.

Psalm 102

R. The Lord will build up Zion again, and appear in all his glory.
The nations shall revere your name, O Lord,
and all the kings of the earth your glory,
When the Lord has rebuilt Zion
and appeared in his glory;
When he has regarded the prayer of the destitute,
and not despised their prayer. R.
Let this be written for the generation to come,
and let his future creatures praise the Lord:
“The Lord looked down from his holy height,
from heaven he beheld the earth,
To hear the groaning of the prisoners,
to release those doomed to die.” R.
The children of your servants shall abide,
and their posterity shall continue in your presence,
That the name of the Lord may be declared on Zion;
and his praise, in Jerusalem,
When the peoples gather together
and the kingdoms, to serve the Lord. R.

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia, alleluia.
Rabbi, you are the Son of God;
you are the King of Israel. Jn 1:49b
Alleluia, alleluia.

Matthew 14:22-36 (or Matthew 15:1-2, 10-14)

Jesus made the disciples get into a boat and precede him to the other side of the sea, while he dismissed the crowds. After doing so, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When it was evening he was there alone. Meanwhile the boat, already a few miles offshore, was being tossed about by the waves, for the wind was against it. During the fourth watch of the night, he came toward them, walking on the sea. When the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified. “It is a ghost,” they said, and they cried out in fear. At once Jesus spoke to them, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” Peter said to him in reply, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw how strong the wind was he became frightened; and, beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” After they got into the boat, the wind died down. Those who were in the boat did him homage, saying, “Truly, you are the Son of God.”

After making the crossing, they came to land at Gennesaret. When the men of that place recognized him, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought to him all those who were sick and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak, and as many as touched it were healed.

Prayer over the Offerings

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

Communion Antiphon

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. Cf. Mt 24:46-47
This is the steward, faithful and prudent,
whom the Lord set over his household,
to give them their allowance of food at the proper time. Lk 12:42

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 blessed Saint John Vianney,
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. Amen.

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Daily Meditation: Matthew 15:1-2, 10-14

It is not what enters one’s mouth that defiles the man; but what comes out of the mouth is what defiles one. (Matthew 15:11)

What is Jesus saying here? Maybe he’s challenging his opponents’ obsession with ritual cleanliness and table manners. Or he might be encouraging us to clean up our language. While both may be true, Jesus is also addressing something much deeper. Underlying his statement is the truth that the words we say reveal the attitudes of our hearts.

We have all been around people who seem to complain and grumble a lot. We might not want to admit it, but sometimes we ourselves are the complainers! But when our speech is peppered with expressions of resentment, negativity, or disappointment, it can be a sign that we are not at peace with God. The same thing can be true when we compare ourselves with other people or speak enviously of what someone owns or has accomplished.

Fortunately, what’s true for the negative is also true for the positive. You have certainly known times when you’ve felt particularly close to the Lord. Maybe you’ve had an especially good time of prayer. Or maybe you’ve felt deeply forgiven after Confession. Perhaps you’ve experienced an inner peace following an uplifting conversation with a brother or sister in Christ. These attitudes will also come out of your mouth! Your rejoicing heart will speak words of praise and forgiveness to the people around you. The fruit of the Spirit—love, peace, patience, joy, kindness, gentleness, and self-control—will manifest themselves both in your thoughts and in your conversations.

Jesus’ insight into the close connection between the heart and the mouth is a good one to hold onto. It’s a simple way to keep track of where your heart is during the day. When you hear yourself speaking kind and loving words, give praise to God! When you are complaining or lashing out verbally, stop and look at what’s going on inside you. As you become more sensitive to these inner attitudes, the Holy Spirit can help you become a brighter reflection of his joy, light, and love.

“Holy Spirit, help me to be attentive to my words and thoughts. May they always be pleasing to you.”

Jeremiah 30:1-2, 12-15, 18-22
Psalm 102:16-23, 29

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