|Blessed Mary of Jesus|
Born in 1560 at Tartanedo (Spain) she took the Discalced Carmelite habit at Toledo in 1577 and made her profession the following year. She spent the rest of her life serving God in that Carmel, except for a brief period in 1585 when she helped with a foundation at Cuerva. She died at Toledo on 13th September, 1640. St Teresa of Jesus thought extremely highly of her. She was a great contemplative, intensely devoted to our Lord, and often drawing inspiration from the liturgy.
Entrance Antiphon -
A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans - 8:31-39
With God on our side who can be against us? Since God did not spare his own Son, but gave him up to benefit us all, we may be certain, after such a gift, that he will not refuse anything he can give. Could anyone accuse those that God has chosen? When God acquits, could anyone condemn? Could Christ Jesus? No! He not only died for us--he rose from the dead, and there at God's right hand he stands and pleads for us.
Nothing therefore can come between us and the love of Christ, even if we are troubled or worried, or being persecuted, or lacking food or clothes, or being threatened or even attacked. As scripture promised: For your sake we are being massacred daily, and reckoned as sheep for the slaughter. These are the trials through which we triumph, by the power of him who loved us.
For I am certain of this: neither death nor life, no angel, no prince, nothing that exists, nothing still to come, not any power, or height or depth, nor any created thing, can ever come between us and the love of God made visible in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Responsorial Psalm - Ps: 33:2- 3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 (R.9a)
I will bless the Lord at all times,
Glorify the Lord with me.
Look towards him and be radiant;
The angel of the lord is encamped
Revere the Lord, you his saints.
Gospel Acclamation - Jn 14-21
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John - 14: 13-21
Prayer over the Gifts
Communion Antiphon - Jn 14:21,23
Prayer after Communion
Office of Readings
Second Reading - A reading from Interior Castle by St. Teresa of Jesus
What I mean by meditation is to busy one's understanding in the following way. We begin to think about God's goodness to us in giving us His only Son, but we don't stop there: we go on to all the other mysteries of His glorious life. Or we begin with His prayer in the garden, and our understanding doesn't stop until we picture Him nailed to the cross. Or we take a single scene from the passion, and go on thinking about that one mystery, working out in detail everything that can be thought or felt about it. It is a very admirable and meritorious kind of prayer.
No soul that has received so much from God, such precious proofs of His love, can forget them. They are live sparks that can only intensify what we feel for our Lord. Anyone who says he can't dwell on these mysteries is quite mistaken. He will often have them in mind, especially when they are being celebrated by the Catholic Church.
The company of our beloved Jesus, and His blessed Mother, is far too good to be given up. For my own part I could not wish for any blessing that had not been won for us by Him, through whom every good thing comes to us.
Our Lord said Himself, "No one can come to the Father except through me," and "Whoever sees me, sees my Father." So if we never look at Him, or think about what we owe Him and the death He underwent for our sake, I don't see how we can hope to know Him or do anything to serve Him. (Without such good works, what good is faith? And what good are works unless they are joined to the merits of Jesus Christ, our only good, which alone have any worth?) And how can anyone persuade us to love our Lord?
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