Let Your Light Shine.
The Memorial of Saint John Bosco, Priest.*
Lessons from the primary feria, according to the ordinary form of the Roman Rite:
• Hebrews 10: 19-25.
• Psalm 24: 1-6.
• Mark 4: 21-25.
…or, from the proper:
• Philippians 4: 4-9.
• Psalm 103: 1-4, 8-9, 13-14, 17-18.
• Matthew 18: 1-5.
…or, any lessons from the common of Pastors for One Pastor, or the common of Holy Men & Women for Educators.
The Third Class Feast of Saint John Bosco, Confessor.
Lessons from the proper, according to the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite:
• Phillipians 4: 4-9.
• Psalm 36: 3-6.
• Matthew 18: 1-5.
12:13 PM 1/31/2019 — In today’s Gospel lesson our Blessed Lord uses the image of a lamp, and His suggestion that one doesn’t buy one to hide it under a basket seems so obvious to us that we might wonder why He even bothers to say it. But, when you think about it, it’s a point that needs to be made. We have been given a gift of faith which is meant to be shared. How many times have we been in a situation where the faith has been held up to ridicule, and we said nothing? How many times have we had an opportunity to do something to help someone, but looked the other way? How many times have we faced an incident of temptation and failed to make the extra effort or ask our Lord for extra grace to resist it? So, we do hide the light of faith that’s been given to us from time to time.
Let’s ask our Blessed Lord to help us always to keep the lamp of faith lit brightly for everyone to see.
* John Bosco (1815-1888) founded the Salesian Society, named in honor of St. Francis de Sales, and the Daughters of Our Lady, Help of Christians. An enlightened educator and innovator, his lifework was the welfare of young boys and girls; hence, he is called "the Apostle of Youth." He had no formal system or theory of education; his methods centered on persuasion, authentic religiosity and love for young people.