MEMORIAL: Our Lady of Lourdes

“There were about four thousand people. He dismissed them...” (Mark 8:9.)

Saint Jerome offers the following insight on this verses from today’s Gospel Proclamation:

“From the lesser number of men [four thousand], less remains; from the greater number [five thousand], more is left over. Four thousand men — fewer certainly in number, but greater in faith. The one who is greater in faith eats more, and because he does, there is less left over! I wish that we, too, might eat more of the hardy bread of holy writ, so that there would be less left over for us to learn.” (Tractate on the Gospel of Mark, Homily 78.)

Grant us, O merciful God,
protection in our weakness,
that we, who keep the Memorial
of the Immaculate Mother of God,
may, with the help of her intercession,
rise up from our iniquities.
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 the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be forever. Amen