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Friday, 22 June 2018 : 2nd book of Kings 11:1-4.9-18.20.

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When Athaliah, the mother of Ahaziah, saw that her son was dead, she began to kill off the whole royal family. But Jehosheba, daughter of King Jehoram and sister of Ahaziah, took Joash, his son, and spirited him away, along with his nurse, from the bedroom where the princes were about to be slain. She concealed him from Athaliah, and so he did not die. For six years he remained hidden in the temple of the LORD, while Athaliah ruled the land. But in the seventh year, Jehoiada summoned the captains of the Carians and of the guards. He had them come to him in the temple of the LORD, exacted from them a sworn commitment, and then showed them the king's son. The captains did just as Jehoiada the priest commanded. Each one with his men, both those going on duty for the sabbath and those going off duty that week, came to Jehoiada the priest. He gave the captains King David's spears and shields, which were in the temple of the LORD. And the guards, with drawn weapons, lined up from the southern to the northern limit of the enclosure, surrounding the altar and the temple on the king's behalf. Then Jehoiada led out the king's son and put the crown and the insignia upon him. They proclaimed him king and anointed him, clapping their hands and shouting, "Long live the king!" Athaliah heard the noise made by the people, and appeared before them in the temple of the LORD. When she saw the king standing by the pillar, as was the custom, and the captains and trumpeters near him, with all the people of the land rejoicing and blowing trumpets, she tore her garments and cried out, "Treason, treason!" Then Jehoiada the priest instructed the captains in command of the force: "Bring her outside through the ranks. If anyone follows her," he added, "let him die by the sword." He had given orders that she should not be slain in the temple of the LORD. She was led out forcibly to the horse gate of the royal palace, where she was put to death. Then Jehoiada made a covenant between the LORD as one party and the king and the people as the other, by which they would be the LORD'S people; and another covenant, between the king and the people. Thereupon all the people of the land went to the temple of Baal and demolished it. They shattered its altars and images completely, and slew Mattan, the priest of Baal, before the altars. After appointing a detachment for the temple of the LORD, Jehoiada All the people of the land rejoiced and the city was quiet, now that Athaliah had been slain with the sword at the royal palace.

Friday, 22 June 2018 : Psalms 132(131):11.12.13-14.17-18.

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The LORD swore to David a firm promise from which he will not withdraw: "Your own offspring I will set upon your throne." "If your sons keep my covenant and the decrees which I shall teach them, their sons, too, forever shall sit upon your throne." For the LORD has chosen Zion; He prefers her for his dwelling. For the LORD has chosen Zion; He prefers her for his dwelling. "Zion is my resting place forever; In her will I dwell, for I prefer her." "In her will I make a horn to sprout forth for David; I will place a lamp for my anointed. "In her will I make a horn to sprout forth for David; I will place a lamp for my anointed. his enemies I will clothe with shame, but upon him my crown shall shine."

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Friday, 22 June 2018 : Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 6:19-23.

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Jesus said to his disciples: "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal. But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be. The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light; but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness. And if the light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be."

Friday, 22 June 2018 : Commentary Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort

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O soul, living image of God, redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus Christ, God’s will for you is that in this life you become holy as he is holy and in the life to come that you become glorious as he is. Acquring the holiness of God is your assured vocation and it is to this that all your thoughts, words and deeds, your sufferings and all the movements of your life should tend. Otherwise you resist God by not doing that for which he has created you and now keeps you in being. Oh! what a wonderful work: dust changed to light, filth to purity, sin to sanctity, the creature into the Creator and man into God! Oh what wonderful work! I say it again, yet it is a work that is difficult in itself and impossible to nature alone. There is only God who, by a grace, and an overflowing and extraordinary grace, is able to bring it to its end. And the creation of the whole universe is not so great a masterpiece as this one… O soul, what will you do? What means will you choose to rise up to the God who is calling you? The ways to holiness are known to all, are set out in the Gospel, are explained by masters of the spiritual life, practiced by the saints and necessary to all those who wish to be saved and come to perfection. Such are: humility of heart, continual prayer, mortification in everything, abandonment to divine Providence, conformity to the will of God.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018 : 2nd book of Kings 2:1.6-14.

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When the LORD was about to take Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind, he and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. Elijah said to Elisha, "Please stay here; the LORD has sent me on to the Jordan." "As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live," Elisha replied, "I will not leave you." And so the two went on together. Fifty of the guild prophets followed, and when the two stopped at the Jordan, stood facing them at a distance. Elijah took his mantle, rolled it up and struck the water, which divided, and both crossed over on dry ground. When they had crossed over, Elijah said to Elisha, "Ask for whatever I may do for you, before I am taken from you." Elisha answered, "May I receive a double portion of your spirit." "You have asked something that is not easy," he replied. "Still, if you see me taken up from you, your wish will be granted; otherwise not." As they walked on conversing, a flaming chariot and flaming horses came between them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. When Elisha saw it happen he cried out, "My father! my father! Israel's chariots and drivers!" But when he could no longer see him, Elisha gripped his own garment and tore it in two. Then he picked up Elijah's mantle which had fallen from him, and went back and stood at the bank of the Jordan. Wielding the mantle which had fallen from Elijah, he struck the water in his turn and said, "Where is the LORD, the God of Elijah?" When Elisha struck the water it divided and he crossed over.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018 : Psalms 31(30):20.21.24.

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How great is the goodness, O LORD, which you have in store for those who fear you, And which, toward those who take refuge in you, you show in the sight of the children of men. You hide them in the shelter of your presence from the plottings of men; You screen them within your abode from the strife of tongues. Love the LORD, all you his faithful ones! The LORD keeps those who are constant, but more than requites those who act proudly.

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Wednesday, 20 June 2018 : Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 6:1-6.16-18.

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Jesus said to his disciples: "Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father. When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites. They neglect their appearance, so that they may appear to others to be fasting. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you may not appear to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden. And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you."

Wednesday, 20 June 2018 : Commentary Saint Augustine

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Jesus says, “When you pray, go into your chamber.” Now, what are these chambers but the heart signified in the Psalm where it is said: “The things you say in your hearts, be sorry for in your room." He then continues: “And closing the doors, pray in secret to our Father.” Our entering the room is not enough if the door is left open to the importunate, for external things enter brazenly in through this door, and lay hold on our interior affections. Temporal and visible penetrate through this door, that is, one of the senses, they enter our thoughts and by a swarm of fancies noisily disturb us while engaged in prayer. Therefore, the door must be closed; that is to say, the bodily sense must be resisted, so that a wholly spiritual prayer may be offered to the Father. For this prayer is formed in the depths of the heart where a man prays in secret to the Father. “And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you…” The Lord does not admonish us to pray but teaches us how to pray, just as the preceding passage does not admonish us to give alms but tells us what our intention ought to be when we are giving them. This is due to the fact that he demands the purity of heart that one can only obtain by a continuous and undivided striving for eternal life through no other motive than a pure love of wisdom.