Read and listen to the Word of February 6, 2023
Monday of the fifth week of holidays in Ordinary Time
- SS. Paolo Miki and companions martyrs († 1597) – memory
- St. Alphonsus Maria Fusco sac. and founded (1839-1910)
God he said, and so it happened.
From the book of Genesis
In the beginning God he created heaven and earth. The earth was formless and deserted and darkness covered the abyss and the spirit of God hovered over the waters.
God he said, "Let there be light!" And there was light. God he saw that the light was good and God separated the light from the darkness. God he called the light day, while he called the darkness night. And it was evening and it was morning: the first day.
God He said, "Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, to separate the waters from the waters."
God he made the firmament and separated the waters which are under the firmament from the waters which are above the firmament. And so it happened. God he called the firmament sky.
And it was evening and it was morning: second day.
God He said, "Let the waters under heaven gather in one place and let dry land appear." And so it happened. God he called the dry land earth, while he called the mass of waters sea.
God he saw that it was good. God He said: "May the earth produce shoots, herbs that produce seed and fruit trees, which bear fruit on the earth with the seed, each according to its kind". And so it happened. And the earth brought forth shoots, herbs bearing seed, each after its kind, and trees each bearing fruit with seed, according to its kind.
God he saw that it was good. And it was evening and it was morning: third day.
God he said: “Let there be sources of light in the firmament of heaven, to separate the day from the night; may they be signs for the holidays, for the days and for the years and may they be sources of light in the firmament of heaven to illuminate the earth". And so it happened.
ANDGod he made the two great light sources: the greater light source to rule the day and the lesser light source to rule the night, and the stars. God he placed them in the firmament of heaven to illuminate the earth and to govern day and night and to separate light from darkness.
God he saw that it was good. And it was evening and it was morning: the fourth day.
Word of God.
From Psalm 103 (104)
R. May the Lord rejoice for all his creatures.
Bless the Lord, my soul!
You are so great, my Lord God!
You are clothed in majesty and splendor,
wrapped in light like a cloak. R.
He founded the earth on its foundations:
it will never falter.
You covered it with the ocean like a robe;
above the mountains were the waters. R.
You send spring waters into the valleys
because they flow between the mountains.
Above live the birds of the sky
and they sing in the fronds. R.
How many are your works, Lord!
You have done them all wisely;
the earth is full of your creatures.
Bless the Lord, my soul. R.
Jesus proclaimed the gospel of the Kingdom
and he healed all sorts of diseases and infirmities among the people. (Cf. Mt 4:23)
Those who touched it were saved.
From the Gospel according to Mark
During that time, Jesus and his disciples, having made the crossing to land, reached Gennèsaret and landed.
When I got off the boat, people immediately recognized him and, rushing from all over that region, they began to bring the sick to him on stretchers wherever they heard he was.
And where he arrived, in villages or cities or countryside, they laid the sick in the squares and begged him to be able to touch at least the hem of his cloak; and as many as touched it were saved.
Word of the Lord.
Saint Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938)
Journal, § 948-949
« Those who touched the fringe of his cloak were healed »
Divine mercy, which accompanies us throughout life, I trust in you.
Divine mercy, which envelops us especially at the hour of our death, I trust in you.
Divine mercy, may you give us eternal life, I trust in you.
Divine mercy, present in every moment of life, I trust in you.
Divine mercy, who protect us from hell fire, I trust in you.
Divine mercy, which converts hardened sinners, I trust in you.
Divine mercy, wonder for the angels, inconceivable for the saints, I trust in you.
Divine mercy, unfathomable in all divine mysteries, I trust in you.
Divine mercy, may you raise us from all misery, I trust in you.
Divine mercy, source of our happiness and joy, I trust in you.
Divine mercy, calling us from non-being into existence, I trust in you.
Divine mercy, that you carry in your hands what exists, I trust in you.
Divine mercy, which crowns all that exists and will exist, I trust in you.
Divine mercy, in which we are immersed, I trust in you.
Divine mercy, sweet stillness of tormented hearts, I trust in you.
Divine mercy, only hope of desperate souls, I trust in you.
Divine mercy, rest of hearts, peace amidst fears, I trust in you.
Divine mercy, delight and wonder of holy souls, I trust in you.
Divine Mercy, who gives us hope against all hope, I trust in you.
OR God eternal, whose mercy is unfathomable and the treasure of compassion inextinguishable, look upon us with kindness and fill us with your mercy so that we do not despair in difficult moments, we do not lose courage, but rather we submit with great confidence to your holy will which is love and mercy itself.
WORDS OF THE HOLY FATHER
“How do I receive redemption, forgiveness that God gave me, the make me son with his Son, With love, with tenderness, with freedom or I hide in the rigidity of closed Commandments, which are always safer - in quotation marks - but they do not give you joy, because they do not make you free.
Each of us can wonder how these two marvels live, the marvel of creation and the even more marvel of re-creation.
And may the Lord make us understand this great thing and make us understand what He did before creating the world: he loved!
Let us understand yours love towards us and we can say – as we said today – 'You are so great Lord! Thank you thank you!'. Let's carry on like this." (Santa Martha February 6, 2017)