Saint of the Week

Constantine of Cornwall and Govan

died 576

A minor British king, Constantine likely succeeded his father as king of Dumnonia in 537. Reportedly married to the daughter of Brittany’s king, he lived a sinful life until he converted to Christianity by St. Petroc. After his wife’s death, he abdicated the throne and entered religious life. After founding churches in Cornwall and serving in monasteries in Wales and Ireland, he went as a missionary to the Picts in Scotland. He was abbot of Govan, before being killed by pirates. The biography of the man called Scotland’s first martyr is probably a conflation of the lives of several sixth–century Christians. His feast in Cornwall and Wales is March 9.

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Mark 6:1-56

Today’s gospel reading is Mark 6:53-56. Here is the chapter. 

The Rejection at Nazareth.

1

a He departed from there and came to his native place,* accompanied by his disciples.

2

* When the sabbath came he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished. They said, “Where did this man get all this? What kind of wisdom has been given him? What mighty deeds are wrought by his hands!

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b Is he not the carpenter,* the son of Mary, and the brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.

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* c Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and among his own kin and in his own house.”

5

So he was not able to perform any mighty deed there,* apart from curing a few sick people by laying his hands on them.

6

He was amazed at their lack of faith.

The Mission of the Twelve. He went around to the villages in the vicinity teaching.

7

d He summoned the Twelve* and began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over unclean spirits.

8

* He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick—no food, no sack, no money in their belts.

9

They were, however, to wear sandals but not a second tunic.

10

* He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave from there.

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Whatever place does not welcome you or listen to you, leave there and shake the dust off your feet in testimony against them.”

12

So they went off and preached repentance.

13

* They drove out many demons, and they anointed with oil many who were sicke and cured them.

Herod’s Opinion of Jesus.*

14

King Herod* heard about it, for his fame had become widespread, and people were saying,f “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead; that is why mighty powers are at work in him.”g

15

Others were saying, “He is Elijah”; still others, “He is a prophet like any of the prophets.”h

16

But when Herod learned of it, he said, “It is John whom I beheaded. He has been raised up.”

The Death of John the Baptist.*

17

Herod was the one who had John arrested and bound in prison on account of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, whom he had married.i

18

John had said to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.”j

19

Herodias* harbored a grudge against him and wanted to kill him but was unable to do so.

20

Herod feared John, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man, and kept him in custody. When he heard him speak he was very much perplexed, yet he liked to listen to him.

21

She had an opportunity one day when Herod, on his birthday, gave a banquet for his courtiers, his military officers, and the leading men of Galilee.

22

Herodias’s own daughter came in and performed a dance that delighted Herod and his guests. The king said to the girl, “Ask of me whatever you wish and I will grant it to you.”

23

He even swore [many things] to her, “I will grant you whatever you ask of me, even to half of my kingdom.”k

24

She went out and said to her mother, “What shall I ask for?” She replied, “The head of John the Baptist.”

25

The girl hurried back to the king’s presence and made her request, “I want you to give me at once on a platter the head of John the Baptist.”

26

The king was deeply distressed, but because of his oaths and the guests he did not wish to break his word to her.

27

l So he promptly dispatched an executioner with orders to bring back his head. He went off and beheaded him in the prison.

28

He brought in the head on a platter and gave it to the girl. The girl in turn gave it to her mother.

29

When his disciples heard about it, they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.

The Return of the Twelve.

30

The apostles* gathered together with Jesus and reported all they had done and taught.m

31

* He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” People were coming and going in great numbers, and they had no opportunity even to eat.n

32

So they went off in the boat by themselves to a deserted place.o

33

People saw them leaving and many came to know about it. They hastened there on foot from all the towns and arrived at the place before them.

The Feeding of the Five Thousand.

34

When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.

35

* By now it was already late and his disciples approached him and said, “This is a deserted place and it is already very late.

36

Dismiss them so that they can go to the surrounding farms and villages and buy themselves something to eat.”

37

He said to them in reply, “Give them some food yourselves.” But they said to him, “Are we to buy two hundred days’ wages worth of food and give it to them to eat?”

38

He asked them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they had found out they said, “Five loaves and two fish.”

39

So he gave orders to have them sit down in groups on the green grass.

40

* The people took their places in rows by hundreds and by fifties.

41

Then, taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to [his] disciples to set before the people; he also divided the two fish among them all.*

42

They all ate and were satisfied.

43

And they picked up twelve wicker baskets full of fragments and what was left of the fish.

44

Those who ate [of the loaves] were five thousand men.

The Walking on the Water.*

45

Then he made his disciples get into the boatp and precede him to the other side toward Bethsaida,* while he dismissed the crowd.

46

* And when he had taken leave of them, he went off to the mountain to pray.

47

When it was evening, the boat was far out on the sea and he was alone on shore.

48

Then he saw that they were tossed about while rowing, for the wind was against them. About the fourth watch of the night, he came toward them walking on the sea.* He meant to pass by them.

49

But when they saw him walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost and cried out.

50

* They had all seen him and were terrified. But at once he spoke with them, “Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!”

51

He got into the boat with them and the wind died down. They were [completely] astounded.

52

They had not understood the incident of the loaves.* On the contrary, their hearts were hardened.q

The Healings at Gennesaret.

53

r After making the crossing, they came to land at Gennesaret and tied up there.

54

As they were leaving the boat, people immediately recognized him.

55

They scurried about the surrounding country and began to bring in the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was.

56

Whatever villages or towns or countryside he entered, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak; and as many as touched it were healed.

Verse to passage

Have you ever looked at verses people say or post and thought, I like that. Why not take it one step farther and look up the passage. You might go from liking the verse to loving the passage.

John 3:16:

For God so loved the world that he gave* his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.

John 3:1-36

Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.*
2
He came to Jesus at night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God, for no one can do these signs that you are doing unless God is with him.”b
3
Jesus answered and said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born* from above.”
4
Nicodemus said to him, “How can a person once grown old be born again? Surely he cannot reenter his mother’s womb and be born again, can he?”c
5
Jesus answered, “Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.d
6
What is born of flesh is flesh and what is born of spirit is spirit.e
7
Do not be amazed that I told you, ‘You must be born from above.’
8
The wind* blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”f
9
Nicodemus answered and said to him, “How can this happen?”
10
Jesus answered and said to him, “You are the teacher of Israel and you do not understand this?
11
Amen, amen, I say to you, we speak of what we know and we testify to what we have seen, but you people do not accept our testimony.g
12
If I tell you about earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things?h
13
No one has gone up to heaven except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man.i
14
And just as Moses lifted up* the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,j
15
* so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”
16
For God so loved the world that he gave* his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.k
17
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn* the world, but that the world might be saved through him.l
18
Whoever believes in him will not be condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.m
19
* And this is the verdict,n that the light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil.
20
For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light, so that his works might not be exposed.o
21
But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.p
Final Witness of the Baptist.
22
* After this, Jesus and his disciples went into the region of Judea, where he spent some time with them baptizing.q
23
John was also baptizing in Aenon near Salim,* because there was an abundance of water there, and people came to be baptized,
24
* r for John had not yet been imprisoned.
25
Now a dispute arose between the disciples of John and a Jew* about ceremonial washings.
26
So they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, the one who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you testified, here he is baptizing and everyone is coming to him.”s
27
John answered and said, “No one can receive anything except what has been given him from heaven.t
28
You yourselves can testify that I said [that] I am not the Messiah, but that I was sent before him.u
29
The one who has the bride is the bridegroom; the best man,* who stands and listens to him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. So this joy of mine has been made complete.v
30
He must increase; I must decrease.”w
The One from Heaven.*
31
The one who comes from above is above all. The one who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of earthly things. But the one who comes from heaven [is above all].x
32
He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony.y
33
Whoever does accept his testimony certifies that God is trustworthy.z
34
For the one whom God sent speaks the words of God. He does not ration his gift* of the Spirit.
35
The Father loves the Son and has given everything over to him.a
36
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God remains upon him.

Daily Readings 20150605

Memorial of Saint Boniface, Bishop and Martyr
Lectionary: 357
Reading 1 TB 11:5-17

Anna sat watching the road by which her son was to come.
When she saw him coming, she exclaimed to his father,
“Tobit, your son is coming, and the man who traveled with him!”

Raphael said to Tobiah before he reached his father:
“I am certain that his eyes will be opened.
Smear the fish gall on them.
This medicine will make the cataracts shrink and peel off from his eyes;
then your father will again be able to see the light of day.”

Then Anna ran up to her son, threw her arms around him,
and said to him,
“Now that I have seen you again, son, I am ready to die!”
And she sobbed aloud.

Tobit got up and stumbled out through the courtyard gate.
Tobiah went up to him with the fish gall in his hand,
and holding him firmly, blew into his eyes.
“Courage, father,” he said.
Next he smeared the medicine on his eyes, and it made them smart.
Then, beginning at the corners of Tobit’s eyes,
Tobiah used both hands to peel off the cataracts.

When Tobit saw his son, he threw his arms around him and wept.
He exclaimed, “I can see you, son, the light of my eyes!”
Then he said:

“Blessed be God,
and praised be his great name,
and blessed be all his holy angels.
May his holy name be praised
throughout all the ages,
Because it was he who scourged me,
and it is he who has had mercy on me.
Behold, I now see my son Tobiah!”

Then Tobit went back in, rejoicing and praising God with full voice
for everything that had happened.
Tobiah told his father that
the Lord God had granted him a successful journey;
that he had brought back the money;
and that he had married Raguel’s daughter Sarah,
who would arrive shortly,
for she was approaching the gate of Nineveh.

Tobit and Anna rejoiced
and went out to the gate of Nineveh
to meet their daughter-in-law.
When the people of Nineveh saw Tobit walking along briskly,
with no one leading him by the hand, they were amazed.
Before them all Tobit proclaimed
how God had mercifully restored sight to his eyes.
When Tobit reached Sarah, the wife of his son Tobiah,
he greeted her: “Welcome, my daughter!
Blessed be your God for bringing you to us, daughter!
Blessed is your father, and blessed is my son Tobiah,
and blessed are you, daughter!
Welcome to your home with blessing and joy.
Come in, daughter!”
That day there was joy for all the Jews who lived in Nineveh.
Responsorial Psalm PS 146:1B-2, 6C-7, 8-9A, 9BC-10

R. (1b) Praise the Lord, my soul!
or:
R. Alleluia.
Praise the LORD, O my soul;
I will praise the LORD all my life;
I will sing praise to my God while I live.
R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
or:
R. Alleluia.
The LORD keeps faith forever,
secures justice for the oppressed,
gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets captives free.
R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
or:
R. Alleluia.
The LORD gives sight to the blind.
The LORD raises up those who are bowed down;
the LORD loves the just.
The LORD protects strangers.
R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
or:
R. Alleluia.
The fatherless and the widow he sustains,
but the way of the wicked he thwarts
The LORD shall reign forever,
your God, O Zion, through all generations! Alleluia.
R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
or:
R. Alleluia.
Alleluia JN 14:23

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Whoever loves me will keep my word,
and my Father will love him
and we will come to him.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel MK 12:35-37

As Jesus was teaching in the temple area he said,
“How do the scribes claim that the Christ is the son of David?
David himself, inspired by the Holy Spirit, said:

The Lord said to my lord,
‘Sit at my right hand
until I place your enemies under your feet.’

David himself calls him ‘lord’;
so how is he his son?”
The great crowd heard this with delight.

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Daily Readings 20150528

Thursday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 350
Reading 1 SIR 42:15-25

Now will I recall God’s works;
what I have seen, I will describe.
At God’s word were his works brought into being;
they do his will as he has ordained for them.
As the rising sun is clear to all,
so the glory of the LORD fills all his works;
Yet even God’s holy ones must fail
in recounting the wonders of the LORD,
Though God has given these, his hosts, the strength
to stand firm before his glory.
He plumbs the depths and penetrates the heart;
their innermost being he understands.
The Most High possesses all knowledge,
and sees from of old the things that are to come:
He makes known the past and the future,
and reveals the deepest secrets.
No understanding does he lack;
no single thing escapes him.
Perennial is his almighty wisdom;
he is from all eternity one and the same,
With nothing added, nothing taken away;
no need of a counselor for him!
How beautiful are all his works!
even to the spark and fleeting vision!
The universe lives and abides forever;
to meet each need, each creature is preserved.
All of them differ, one from another,
yet none of them has he made in vain,
For each in turn, as it comes, is good;
can one ever see enough of their splendor?
Responsorial Psalm PS 33:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9

R. (6a) By the word of the Lord the heavens were made.
Give thanks to the LORD on the harp;
with the ten-stringed lyre chant his praises.
Sing to him a new song;
pluck the strings skillfully, with shouts of gladness.
R. By the word of the Lord the heavens were made.
For upright is the word of the LORD
and all his works are trustworthy.
He loves justice and right;
of the kindness of the LORD the earth is full.
R. By the word of the Lord the heavens were made.
By the word of the LORD the heavens were made;
by the breath of his mouth all their host.
He gathers the waters of the sea as in a flask;
in cellars he confines the deep.
R. By the word of the Lord the heavens were made.
Let all the earth fear the LORD;
let all who dwell in the world revere him.
For he spoke, and it was made;
he commanded, and it stood forth.
R. By the word of the Lord the heavens were made.
Alleluia JN 8:12

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I am the light of the world, says the Lord;
whoever follows me will have the light of life.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel MK 10:46-52

As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd,
Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus,
sat by the roadside begging.
On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth,
he began to cry out and say,
“Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.”
And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent.
But he kept calling out all the more, “Son of David, have pity on me.”
Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”
So they called the blind man, saying to him,
“Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you.”
He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus.
Jesus said to him in reply, “What do you want me to do for you?”
The blind man replied to him, “Master, I want to see.”
Jesus told him, ‘Go your way; your faith has saved you.”
Immediately he received his sight
and followed him on the way.

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