POLONIA – EUROPE
CAMINOS DE SANTIAGO
PAROLA DEL GIORNO
LETTURA DEL GIORNO
Dal libro del Levìtico
Il Signore parlò a Mosè e ad Aronne e disse: «Se qualcuno ha sulla pelle del corpo un tumore o una pustola o macchia bianca che faccia sospettare una piaga di lebbra, quel tale sarà condotto dal sacerdote Aronne o da qualcuno dei sacerdoti, suoi figli. Il lebbroso colpito da piaghe porterà vesti strappate e il capo scoperto; velato fino al labbro superiore, andrà gridando: “Impuro! Impuro!”. Sarà impuro finché durerà in lui il male; è impuro, se ne starà solo, abiterà fuori dell’accampamento».
Dalla prima lettera di san Paolo apostolo ai Corìnzi
1Cor 10,31 – 11,1
Fratelli, sia che mangiate sia che beviate sia che facciate qualsiasi altra cosa, fate tutto per la gloria di Dio. Non siate motivo di scandalo né ai Giudei, né ai Greci, né alla Chiesa di Dio; così come io mi sforzo di piacere a tutti in tutto, senza cercare il mio interesse ma quello di molti, perché giungano alla salvezza.
Diventate miei imitatori, come io lo sono di Cristo.
VANGELO DEL GIORNO
Dal Vangelo secondo Marco
In quel tempo, venne da Gesù un lebbroso, che lo supplicava in ginocchio e gli diceva: «Se vuoi, puoi purificarmi!». Ne ebbe compassione, tese la mano, lo toccò e gli disse: «Lo voglio, sii purificato!». E subito la lebbra scomparve da lui ed egli fu purificato. E, ammonendolo severamente, lo cacciò via subito e gli disse: «Guarda di non dire niente a nessuno; va’, invece, a mostrarti al sacerdote e offri per la tua purificazione quello che Mosè ha prescritto, come testimonianza per loro». Ma quello si allontanò e si mise a proclamare e a divulgare il fatto, tanto che Gesù non poteva più entrare pubblicamente in una città, ma rimaneva fuori, in luoghi deserti; e venivano a lui da ogni parte.
14/02/2021 – La Parola globale del giorno – BIBLE – The global Word of the day
WORD GLOBAL OF THE DAY
READING OF THE DAY
First reading from the Book of Leviticus
Lv 13:1-2, 44-46
The Lord said to Moses and Aaron,
“If someone has on his skin a scab or pustule or blotch
which appears to be the sore of leprosy,
he shall be brought to Aaron, the priest,
or to one of the priests among his descendants.
If the man is leprous and unclean,
the priest shall declare him unclean
by reason of the sore on his head.
“The one who bears the sore of leprosy
shall keep his garments rent and his head bare,
and shall muffle his beard;
he shall cry out, ‘Unclean, unclean!’
As long as the sore is on him he shall declare himself unclean,
since he is in fact unclean.
He shall dwell apart, making his abode outside the camp.”
Second reading from the First Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians
1 Cor 10:31—11:1
Brothers and sisters,
Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do,
do everything for the glory of God.
Avoid giving offense, whether to the Jews or Greeks or
the church of God,
just as I try to please everyone in every way,
not seeking my own benefit but that of the many,
that they may be saved.
Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.
GOSPEL OF THE DAY
From the Gospel according to Mark
A leper came to Jesus and kneeling down begged him and said,
“If you wish, you can make me clean.”
Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand,
touched him, and said to him,
“I do will it. Be made clean.”
The leprosy left him immediately, and he was made clean.
Then, warning the him sternly, he dismissed him at once.
He said to him, “See that you tell no one anything,
but go, show yourself to the priest
and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed;
that will be proof for them.”
The man went away and began to publicize the whole matter.
He spread the report abroad
so that it was impossible for Jesus to enter a town openly.
He remained outside in deserted places,
and people kept coming to him from everywhere.
SAINT OF THE DAY
The Saint of the Day presents a daily calendar of Saints remembered by the Church. The pages feature the stories of the great witnesses of Christian life through the centuries, lighting our way on our journey of faith.
STS. CYRIL, MONK AND METHODIUS, BISHOP PATRONS OF EUROPE
For almost forty years they have protected the Europe that they helped to evangelize more than a thousand years ago. These saints were responsible for the spread of the Christian message, especially in Eastern Europe, prompting John Paul II to declare them co-patrons of Europe.
ST. VALENTIN, MARTYR ON THE VIA FLAMINIA
One of the most popular of all saints, St Valentine is the patron saint of lovers and of the town of Terni, in Italy. His feast-day falls on February 14th.
ST. ZENON, MARTYR ON THE APPIA
STS. CYRIL, MONK AND METHODIUS, BISHOP PATRONS OF EUROPE
The administrator and the scholar
They were born only two years apart. Methodius – whose baptismal name was Michael – was born in 825 (according to the Constantinian calendar) in the Greek city of Thessalonika, and Cyril followed in 827. History recounts that at first they were apart. The elder brother quickly distinguished himself as a capable administrator, becoming a public official in a province of the Byzantine Empire. The younger brother received a refined education in Constantinople – grammar, rhetoric, astronomy and music – meant to prepare him to be a high-level imperial functionary. But when he was finally offered such a position, Cyril refused it.
A new alphabet for the Bible
When Cyril was about 35, Emperor Michael III thought of him when the Khazars (in today’s Crimea) asked for a learned man who could debate with both Jews and Saracens. At that point the two brothers reunited, setting out on the first of numerous missions together. Two years later, in 863, they were asked to head to Greater Moldavia. The prince of that area had asked for missionaries who could counter the Germanic influence by speaking Slavic, but Cyril and Methodius went far beyond this. Probably realizing how difficult it was to communicate Sacred Scripture to the Slavic tribes in Latin and Greek, the official languages, the brothers – tradition has it, after prayer and fasting – invented a new alphabet, the “Glagolitic” alphabet, more commonly known as Cyrillic: 40 characters derived largely from medieval Greek cursive.
A Gospel for the East
Their work was so extraordinary that the Pope, who called them to Rome, set out in procession to welcome them. The great difficulties of their mission had damaged the health of the younger brother. On February 14, 869, Cyril, who had become a monk, died of an illness. Methodius was consecrated a bishop and continued their mission, overcoming hostility and incomprehension, and teaching his disciples how to translate the sacred texts. He died in 885 and was buried in the cathedral of Velehrad (in today’s Czech Republic). On December 31, 1980, in the apostolic letter Egregiae virtutis, John Paul II proclaimed the brothers patrons of Europe.