TUESDAY THE FIFTEENTH OF MAY, 2018
God our father, make us joyful in the ascension of your son, Jesus Christ. May we follow him into the new creation, for his ascension is our glory and our hope. We ask this through our lord, Jesus Christ, your son who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
( "New Saint Joseph Sunday Missal" )
Look, you saints, the sight is glorious: see the man of sorrows now;
from the fight returned victorious, every knee to him shall bow.
Crown him! Crown him! Crowns become the victor's brow.
Crown the saviour, angels, crown him; rich the trophies Jesus brings;
in the seat of power enthrone him, while the vault of heaven rings:
Crown him! Crown him! Crown the saviour king of kings!
Sinners in derision crowned him, mocking thus the saviour's claim;
saints and angels crowd around him, sing his title, praise his name.
Crown him! Crown him! Spread abroad the victor's fame!
Hark, those bursts of acclamation! Hark, those loud triumphant chords!
Jesus takes the highest station; O what joy the sight affords!
Crown him! Crown him! King of kings, and lord of lords!
( Thomas Kelly )
MEDITATION by Tim Madsen
Isidore the Farm Labourer, lover of the poor
Saints that date back to the middle ages are often bishops or popes, missionaries, or monks. One singular exception to this rule, is Saint Isidore, a Spanish farm worker who was known for his piety, his love for the poor and his treatment of animals.
He was born in Madrid in 1070 AD and spent his entire adult life as a farm labourer for a wealthy landowner. He married and, together with his wife, had one son who died in his teen years.
In the morning before going to work, Isidore would usually attend Mass at one of the churches in Madrid. His devotion to Christ was so intense that it spawned several miracle stories about him.
One such story told of two angels who ploughed alongside Isidore, one on the left and the other on the right, so that his work was the work of three men.
A more fanciful story involved his love for animals. It seems he was carrying a sack of corn to be ground at the local mill. It was a bitterly cold day and he came across a flock of pigeons searching in vain for food. He spilled out half his sack of corn for them, and took the remaining corn to the mill. When it was ground, it produced double the amount of expected flour.
Isidore's wife, Maria, always kept a pot of stew on the fireplace in their humble home as Isidore would often bring home anyone who was hungry. One day he brought home more hungry people than usual. After she served many of them, Maria told him that there simply was no more stew in the pot. He insisted that she check the pot again, and she was able to spoon out enough stew to feed them all.
Saint Isidore is widely venerated as the patron saint of farmers, peasants, day labourers and agriculture in general. In the midst of all the sainted ecclesiastics, his sanctity testifies to the dignity of human labour and that ordinary life can lead to holiness just as well as life in the church.
He died on this day in 1230 AD.
Scripture. In the ninth chapter of "Luke," at verse sixty-two, we read:
Jesus said to him, "No one who puts a hand to the plough and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”
... for peace in the world.
... for farmers and all agricultural workers; for day labourers.
... for workers who are exploited by employers and gang masters; for their freedom from oppression.
... for families. DETAILS
... for the victims of Donald Trump's decision to move the United States' embassy in Israel from Tehran to Jerusalem.
... for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and all who have been unjustly imprisoned by despotic regimes. DETAILS
... for those who have died recently and for those who mourn their passing.
... for those who are unwell and for those caring for them.
... for those, both close to us and far off, who we hold in our personal prayers.
... for ourselves.
THE LORD'S PRAYER
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever. Amen.
From "Miracles" by C. S. Lewis:
The Resurrection was not regarded simply or chiefly as evidence for the immortality of the soul. It is, of course, often so regarded today: I have heard a man maintain that "the importance of the Resurrection is that it proves survival." Such a view cannot at any point be reconciled with the language of the "New Testament." On such a view Christ would simply have done what all men do when they die: the only novelty would have been that in his case we were allowed to see it happening. But there is not in scripture the faintest suggestion that the Resurrection was new evidence for something that had in fact been always happening. The "New Testament" writers speak as if Christ’s achievement in rising from the dead was the first event of its kind in the whole history of the universe. He is the "first fruits," the "pioneer of life." He has forced open a door that has been locked since the death of the first man. He has met, fought, and beaten the King of Death. Everything is different because he has done so. This is the beginning of the New Creation: a new chapter in cosmic history has opened.
Almighty God, we thank you for the deep faith and daily labour of Isidore, your faithful servant. Bless all who farm the fields and help us all to work toward the elimination of hunger in our world today; through Jesus Christ, your son, our saviour and lord. Amen.
May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
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