St. Claire of Assisi
- Reading I: Joshua 3:7-10a, 11, 13-17
- Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 114
- Gospel: Matthew 18:21-19:1
The Old Testament reading shows the Israelites crossing the Jordan River led by the Ark of the Covenant and its designated bearers, the Levites. Joshua, the servant of Moses, now becomes the leader of the Israelites as they begin the conquest of the Promised Land.
With this event, the Lord upholds Joshua as Israel’s new leader, but at the same time, makes it clear that His presence will now be signalled by the Ark of the Covenant.
The Gospel selection is about the topic of forgiveness. Peter asks Jesus how many times one should forgive a brother who has sinned. Read this article from Bible Notes: Forgiveness from the Heart
Today is also the memorial of St. Clare of Assisi.
Born in 1193, Clare belonged to a wealthy, aristocratic family. She renounced her noble status and wealth to live in humility and poverty, adopting the lifestyle that Francis of Assisi recommended. Although her parents were planning a marriage for her with some important figure, as was then the custom, Clare, with a daring act inspired by her deep desire to follow Christ and her admiration for Francis, at the age of 18 left her family home and, in the company of a friend, Bona di Guelfuccio, made her way in secret to the Friars Minor at the little Church of the Portiuncula. It was the evening of Palm Sunday in 1211. In the general commotion, a highly symbolic act took place: while his companions lit torches, Francis cut off Clare’s hair and she put on a rough penitential habit. From that moment she had become the virgin bride of Christ, humble and poor, and she consecrated herself totally to him. Like Clare and her companions, down through history innumerable women have been fascinated by love for Christ which, with the beauty of his Divine Person, fills their hearts. And the entire Church, through the mystical nuptial vocation of consecrated virgins, appears what she will be for ever: the pure and beautiful Bride of Christ. (Read the rest of the article here.)
St. Clare on the Web
- Catholic Encyclopedia: St. Claire of Assisi
- WikiPedia: Claire of Assisi
- Catholic Online: St. Claire
- SQPN: St. Claire of Assisi
- American Catholic: St. Claire
Popularity: 10% [?]