Voices ever ancient, ever new. Ordinary Time Week 4: Thursday. Saint Paul Miki and companions

“He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick — no food, no sack, no money in their belts.” (Mark 6:8)

Prudentius (formally known as Aurelius Clemens Prudentius) comments on this verse from the Gospel proclaimed during today’s Mass:

“To wish for nothing more than need
Is rest supreme, with simple food and dress
To feed and clothe our bodies and to seek
No more than is prescribed by nature’s
When going on a journey, take no purse, Nor of a second tunic think, and be Not anxious for the morrow, lest for food
The belly lack.
Our daily bread returns
With every sun.
Does any bird take thought
Of tomorrow, certain to be fed by God? (Spiritual Combat)

O God, strength of all the Saints,
Who through the Cross were pleased to call
the Martyrs Saint Paul Miki and companions to life,
grant, we pray, that by their intercession
we may hold with courage even until death
to the faith that we profess.
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.

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