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Saturday of the Second week in Ordinary Time

Week of prayer for Christian unity

Reading

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 3:20-21.

Jesus came with his disciples into the house. Again the crowd gathered, making it impossible for them even to eat.
When his relatives heard of this they set out to seize him, for they said, "He is out of his mind."


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Reflection

Handed over to men and to his Father, Christ provides for us with his Word and the Bread of life

The Imitation of Christ, spiritual treatise of the 15th century

Book IV, ch. 11

Lord God, thou art my witness that nothing can give me comfort nor no creature may give me rest but thou my Lord God whom I desire eternally to behold. But that is a thing to me not possible while that I am in this mortal life... In the meantime... I have full virtuous and holy books for the consolation and mirror of my life and also above all these things thy sacred body for my singular refuge and remedy. I feel that two things be unto me right necessary without which this miserable life should be unto me insupportable. For as long as I shall be holden in this present body I confess me to have need of two things, that is to know [say] of meat and light. But therefore thou hast given unto me which am poor and sick thy holy body to the refreshing of my soul and body, and also thou hast put before my faith the light of the holy word; and without these two things I may not well live spiritually; for thy word, my Lord and God, is the light of my soul and the holy sacrament is the bread of my life. These two things so necessary may also be called the tables set on either side in the treasury of holy church; the one table is of the holy altar having this lovely bread, that is to say, the precious body of Jesus Christ; the other is the Law of God containing the holy doctrine and showing the right faith and surely guiding me unto the inward sacrifice where are the holy jewels called Sancta Sanctorum [Holy of Holies]. I yield unto thee thanks to Jesus Christ which art the very clearness of eternal light for this table of holy doctrine which thou have ministered unto us by thy servants, prophets, apostles and other doctors; and I yield unto thee thanks again, creator and redeemer of mankind, which hast declared thy great charity unto all the world and hast prepared this royal supper in the which thou hast not purposed to be eaten the figurative lamb but thy most holy body and precious blood rejoicing all thy creatures by that sacred banquet and sweetly fulfilling them with that healthful chalice, wherein be hid all the delights and joys of Paradise.

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