ST. MEDARD, one of the most illustrious prelates of the Church of France in the sixth century, was born of a pious and noble family, at Salency, about the year 457. From his childhood he evinced the most tender compassion for the poor. On one occasion he gave his coat to a destitute blind man, and when asked why he had done so, he answered that the misery of a fellow-member in Christ so affected him that he could not help giving him part of his own clothes. Being promoted to the priesthood in the thirty-third year of his age, he became a bright ornament of that sacred order. He preached the word of God with an unction which touched the hearts of the most hardened; and the influence of his example, by which he enforced the precepts which he delivered from the pulpit, seemed irresistible. In 530, Alomer, the thirteenth bishop of that country, dying, St. Medard was unanimously chosen to fill the see, and was consecrated by St. Remigius, who had baptized King Clovis in 496, and was then exceeding old. Our Saint's new dignity did not make him abate anything of his austerities, and, though at that time seventy-two years old, he thought himself obliged to redouble his labors. Though his diocese was very wide, it seemed not to suffice for his zeal, which could not be confined; wherever he saw the opportunity of advancing the honor of God, and of abolishing the remains of idolatry, he overcame all obstacles, and by his zealous labors and miracles the rays of the Gospel dispelled the mists of idolatry throughout the whole extent of his diocese. What rendered this task more difficult and perilous was the savage and fierce disposition of the ancient inhabitants of Flanders, who were the most barbarous of all the nations of the Gauls and Franks. Our Saint, having completed this great work in Flanders, returned to Noyon, where he shortly after fell sick, and soon rested from his labors at an advanced age, in 545. The whole kingdom lamented his death as the loss of their common father and protector. His body was buried in his own cathedral, but the many miracles wrought at his tomb so moved King Clotaire that he translated the precious remains to Soissons.
Reflection. —The Church takes delight in styling her founder "THE AMIABLE JESUS," and He likewise says of Himself, "I am meek and humble of heart."
Lives Of The Saints By Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. Edition www.globalgrey.co.uk
Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS
Introit • Wisdom 1, 7
The Spirit of the Lord hath filled the whole earth, alleluia: and that which containth all things hath knowledge of the voice, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 67, 2. Let God arise and His enemies be scattered, and let them that hate Him fly before His face. Glory be …
O God, Who on this day didst teach the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant us in the same Holy Spirit ever to delight in those things which are right and to rejoice in His consolation. Through… in the unity of the same.
Epistle • Acts 8, 5-8
Lesson from the Acts of the Apostles.
[Philip converts the Samaritans and baptizes the eunuch.]
In those days, And Philip going down to the city of Samaria, preached Christ unto them. And the people with one accord were attentive to those things which were said by Philip, hearing, and seeing the miracles which he did. For many of them who had unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, went out. And many, taken with the palsy, and that were lame, were healed.
Alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 130, 30. Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created; and Thou shalt renew the face of the earth. Alleluia. (here all kneel). Come, O Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful; and kindle in them the fire of Thy love.
Gospel • Luke 9, 1-6
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St Luke.
[Christ sends forth his apostles, feeds five thousand with five loaves, is transfigured and casts out a devil.]
At that time, Jesus calling together the twelve apostles, he gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick. And he said to them: Take nothing for your journey; neither staff, nor scrip, nor bread, nor money; neither have two coats. And whatsoever house you shall enter into, abide there, and depart not from thence. And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off even the dust of your feet, for a testimony against them. And going out, they went about through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing everywhere.
Offertory • Ps. 67, 29, 30
Confirm this, O God, which Thou hast wrought in us; from Thy temple, which is in Jerusalem, kings shall offer presents to Thee, alleluia.
Sanctify, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the gifts offered, and cleanse our hearts with the light of the Holy Spirit. Through… in the unity of the same.
Communion • Acts 2, 2, 4
Suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a mighty wind coming where they were sitting, alleluia; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, speaking the wonderful works of God, alleluia, Alleluia.
May the infusion of the Holy Spirit cleanse our heats, O Lord, and make them fruitful inwardly by His dew watering them. Through… in the unity of the same.