Voices ever ancient, ever new. Tuesday-Week32-2013. Saint Josaphat.

“So should it be with you. When you have done all you have been commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.” (Luke 17:10)

In commenting upon this verse from today’s Mass Readings, Saint John Chrysostom writes:

“He said, “When you have done everything, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants,’” to warn them in his wish that they keep themselves at great distance from that destructive passion. Dearly beloved, see how the person with his mouth open for human glory and performing the works of virtue on that account has no benefit from it. Despite practicing every example of virtue, if he seems to give himself credit for it, he ends up empty-handed and bereaved of everything.” (Homily on Genesis, 31)

Stir up in your Church,
we pray, O Lord,
the Spirit that filled Saint Josaphat
as he laid down his life for the sheep,
so that through his intercession
we, too, may be strengthened
by the same Spirit and
not be afraid to lay down our life for others.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Click here for some biographical data on Saint Josaphat as well as today’s “Second Reading” from the Liturgy of the Hours: Office of Readings.

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Glory to You Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning is now
and will be forever. Amen!