January 16, 1998
LITURGY






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FRIDAY, January 16, 1998

Friday, January 16: Weekday in First Week of Ordinary Time

      First Reading: 1 Samuel 8: 4-7, 10-22
      Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 115: 1-6
      Gospel Reading: Mark 8: 34-39; 9: 1


SATURDAY, January 17, 1998

Saturday, January 17:
The Feast of Saint Antony, Abbot

      First Reading: I Samuel 9: 1-4, 17-19
      Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 21: 2-7
      Gospel Reading: Mark 2: 13-17

Born in the middle of the 3rd Century, Saint Anthony of Egypt decided to become a mendicant hermit after hearing the Gospel reading at Mass: "If thou wilt be perfect, go sell what thou hast and give to the poor" (Matthew 19: 21). After searching for the perfect way to do this, he opted to serve God in the desert as a hermit. It was here that he was attacked by a legion of from hell as the devils physically wounded him. This happened so often that at one time even the devils thought they had beaten him to death. But his faith and perseverance won out and he grew to fear no one as he said to the avenging devils: "I fear you not; you cannot separate me from the love of Christ." Finally giving up, the legion of demons fled and Jesus Himself appeared to Antony. He was the epitome of what a poor monk should be, wearing sackcloth and sheepskin, eating only bread and water and kneeling in prayer throughout the night. It's interesting here to note how we sometimes complain about kneeling for one hour in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, or that we can't fast on bread and water on Wednesdays and Fridays as our Blessed Mother requests. St. Antony attracted countless souls who flocked to him for spiritual direction and finally, after 20 years of seclusion, he knew Our Lord was calling him to teach these eager souls so the Church would flourish in the future. Like St. Hilary last week, St. Anthony's feast has continued on the same date in the Church Calendar for many, many years.


SUNDAY, January 18, 1998

Sunday, January 18:
SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
ECUMENICAL SUNDAY: Beginning of Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

      First Reading: Isaiah 62: 1-5
      Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 96: 1-3, 7-10
      Second Reading:I Corinthians 12: 4-11
      Gospel Reading: John 2: 1-12


MONDAY, January 19, 1998

Monday, January 19: Weekday in Second Week of Ordinary Time

      First Reading: 1 Samuel 15: 16-23
      Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 50: 8-0, 16-17, 21, 23
      Gospel Reading: Mark 2: 18-22


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