Weekly Bulletin and Mass Intentions

Weekly Announcements
Month of Saint Joseph

  1. Volunteers are needed for the Food Pantry on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays and Wednesdays of the month from 9am – 12pm. We will have the food pantry March 12/13 and 26/27.
  2. We are still in need of various projects to be done or completed. If you have maintenance skills, please see Father to assist. We also want to re-do the floor of the sanctuary and the nave.
  3. On Wednesdays at 6:00pm there is the weekly Church gathering where there will be the opportunity to join in discussions of the Catholic Faith, History and Sacred Scripture. Everyone is invited. Adults preparing for Sacraments must attend. (Cancelled this week due to Ash Wednesday)
  4. There will be a second collection for the building fund. We hope that, now we have the real estate, we can develop it into a parish hall, classrooms, library and residence for priests. Total now: $5734.80.
  5. Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, starts this week. Please note Mass times as also fast and abstinence.
  6. Stations of the Cross on all Fridays  of Lent at 5:00pm.

Quinquagesima Sunday
by Fathers of the Church

LUKE xviii. 31-43

GREGORY, Hom. 2 in Evang.: The Saviour foreseeing that because of His passion, the minds of His Disciples would be troubled, told them well beforehand of the chastisements of His passion, and of the glory of His resurrection; accordingly we are told: Then Jesus took unto Him the twelve, and said to them: Behold we go up to Jerusalem, and all things shall be accomplished which were written by the prophets concerning the Son of man.

BEDE: Foreseeing there would be certain heretics, who would say that Christ taught that which was contrary to the Law and the Prophets, He shows that His passion, and later glory, would be the perfect fulfilment of what the prophets had foretold concerning His death.

CHRYSOSTOM, Hom. 66 in Matt.: He spoke of His passion apart with His Disciples; it was unnecessary that His words be made known to the people, lest they be troubled. But He foretold it to His Disciples, so that they being awakened through expectation would more readily meet it; CYRIL: and also that they might know that He foreknew of His passion, and of His own will went towards it, so that afterwards they might not say: How came it that He fell into the hands of His enemies Who promised to save us? And so He foretells the order of His passion, adding: For he shall be delivered to the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and scourged and spit upon.

CHRYSOSTOM: This Isaias had foretold, saying: I have given my body to the strikers, and my cheeks to them that plucked them: I have not turned away my face from them that spit upon me (Is. l. 6; liii. 12). And the yoke of the Cross the prophet also foretold when he says: He hath delivered his soul unto death, and was reputed with the wicked. Then Our Saviour continues: And after they have scourged him, they will put him to death. And David foretold His resurrection, saying: Thou wilt not leave my soul in hell (Ps. xv. 10). Accordingly, He then here adds: And the third day he shall rise again.

ISIDORUS PELUS, II 212: I am astonished at the madness of those who question why Christ arose before the third day. For had He risen later than He foretold, it would be a sign of lack of power; but if earlier, it is a sign of supreme power. For if we see a man, who has promised to pay a debt after three days, pay it on that same day, we look on him, not as a deceiver, but rather as a very truthful man. I affirm that He did not say that He would rise again after three days, but on the third day. So you have the sabbath eve, the sabbath till sunset, and after the sabbath He rose from the dead.

CYRIL: The Disciples however had not yet come to know precisely what the prophets had foretold. But after He arose their minds were opened, so that they understood the Scriptures. And so there follows: And they understood none of these things.

BEDE: For since the Disciples supremely desired that He might live, they could not listen to anything concerning His death; since they knew He was not alone an innocent man, but truly God, they could not conceive that He would die. And as they were accustomed to hear Him speak in parables, they believed that as often as He said anything concerning His passion, that this must be applied allegorically to something else. And so there follows: And this word was hid from them, and they understood not the things that were said. But the Jews, who were plotting against His life, knew that He was speaking of His passion when He said: The Son of man must be lifted up (Jn. iii. xiv). Because of which they said: We have heard out of the Law, that Christ abideth for ever; and how sayest thou: the Son of man must be lifted up? (Jn. xii. 34).

GREGORY, as above: Because the Disciples were yet carnal men, they could not understand words of mystery, and so a miracle is performed. Before their eyes a blind man receives sight, so that their faith might be made firm through signs from heaven. Hence it is narrated: Now it came to pass, when he drew nigh to Jericho, that a certain blind man sat by the way side, begging.

THEOPHYLACTUS: And that His entry might not be without profit, He wrought on the way the miracle of the blind man, giving His Disciples by this a lesson, that we must turn all things to profit, and be never wholly idle.

AUGUSTINE, de Quaest. Evang. II, 48: We could understand regarding those approaching Jericho in this manner, that they had already left it, but were still close to that city; which is not a usual manner of speaking. But it seems that it can be said, since Matthew says, that as they were going out from Jericho, two blind men who sat by the way side were given sight. There is indeed no question as to the number, if another of the Evangelists is silent concerning one and mentions the other. For Mark also speaks of one blind man, since he says that he was healed of his blindness as they were going out from Jericho; and mentions his name, and also his father's, so we may believe the man was well known, and that the other was unknown, and so it was reasonable that only the one who was known should be commemorated. But since the events which follow, in the Gospel according to Luke, very plainly show that what he describes took place while they were yet approaching Jericho, there is no alternative but to believe that this miracle took place twice: once for a single blind man, whilst they were yet going into that city, and again for two blind men when He was going out from it; and that Luke records one event, and Matthew another.

CYRIL: There were many people around Jesus, and the blind man had not known Him, but he felt His presence, and laid hold of Him with his heart whom his eye could not see: and so there follows: And when he heard the multitude passing by, he asked what this meant. And those who could see were speaking of Him according to common report; for there follows: And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. But the blind man cried out that which was true. Told one thing, he proclaims another: And he cried, saying: Jesus Son of David, have mercy on me. Who has taught you to speak thus, O man? Have you, though deprived of sight, read the Scriptures? How have you discerned the Light of the world? Truly the Lord enlighteneth the blind (Ps. cxlv. 8).2

CYRIL: Nurtured in Judaism, he knew that God would be born, according to the flesh, from the family of David; and so he speaks to Him as to God, saying: Have mercy on me. Let them imitate him who divide Christ in two: for he comes to Christ as to God, and calls Him Son of David. Let them admire the urgency of his confession: for while he proclaims his faith, some rebuked him. Then follows: And they that went before, rebuked him, that he should hold his peace. But his courage was not hindered by their rebukes, for faith learns to withstand all things, and to overcome all things; and in the service of God it is profitable to put aside timidity. For if many thrust themselves forward for the sake of gain, should not a man put timidity aside for his soul's salvation? Hence: But he cried out much more: Son of David, have mercy on me.

The voice of the man crying out in faith causes Christ to stand, and He looks back to those crying to Him in faith: and He calls the blind man, and bids him come to Him; so there follows: And Jesus standing, commanded him to be brought to Him, so that he who had drawn nigh to him in faith, might now come near to Him in body. The Lord questions him as He comes near; for there follows: And when he was come near, He asked Him, saying: What wilt thou that I do to thee? He asked him for a purpose, not as though He were ignorant, but so that those who stood about Him might learn that the blind man was seeking, not money, but a divine remedy, as from God; and so there follows: But he said: Lord, that I may see.

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