Blessed Mary of Jesus
Born in 1560 at Tartanedo (Spain) she took the Discalced Carmelite habit at Toledo in 1577 and made her profession the following year. She spent the rest of her life serving God in that Carmel, except for a brief period in 1585 when she helped with a foundation at Cuerva. She died at Toledo on 13th September, 1640. St Teresa of Jesus thought extremely highly of her. She was a great contemplative, intensely devoted to our Lord, and often drawing inspiration from the liturgy.
Entrance Antiphon -
Come, bride of Christ, and receive the crown, which the Lord has prepared for you for ever.
Lord, you enabled Blessed Mary of Jesus to contemplate the mysteries of your Son and become a living image of his love. Give us through her prayers the burning faith to seek Jesus in all things and the love to prove by our actions the presence within us of him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans - 8:31-39
Nothing can come between us and the love of Christ.
With God on our side who can be against us? Since God did not spare his own Son, but gave him up to benefit us all, we may be certain, after such a gift, that he will not refuse anything he can give. Could anyone accuse those that God has chosen? When God acquits, could anyone condemn? Could Christ Jesus? No! He not only died for us--he rose from the dead, and there at God's right hand he stands and pleads for us.
Nothing therefore can come between us and the love of Christ, even if we are troubled or worried, or being persecuted, or lacking food or clothes, or being threatened or even attacked. As scripture promised: For your sake we are being massacred daily, and reckoned as sheep for the slaughter. These are the trials through which we triumph, by the power of him who loved us.
For I am certain of this: neither death nor life, no angel, no prince, nothing that exists, nothing still to come, not any power, or height or depth, nor any created thing, can ever come between us and the love of God made visible in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Responsorial Psalm - Ps: 33:2- 3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 (R.9a)
R/. Taste and see that the Lord is good.
I will bless the Lord at all times,
his praise always on my lips;
in the Lord my soul shall make its boast.
The humble shall hear and be glad. R/.
Glorify the Lord with me.
Together let us praise his name.
I sought the Lord and he answered me;
from all my terrors he set me free. R/.
Look towards him and be radiant;
let your faces not be abashed.
This poor man called; the Lord heard him
and rescued him from all his distress. R/.
The angel of the lord is encamped
around those who revere him, to rescue them.
Taste and see that the Lord is good.
He is happy who seeks refuge in him. R/.
Revere the Lord, you his saints.
They lack nothing, those who revere him.
Strong lions suffer want and go hungry
but those who fear the Lord lack no blessing. R/.
Gospel Acclamation - Jn 14-21
Anybody who loves me
will be loved by my Father,
and I shall love him and show myself to him.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John - 14: 13-21
Anybody who receives my commandments and keeps them will be one who loves me.
Jesus said to his disciples:
'Whatever you ask for in my name I will do,
so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
If you ask for anything in my name,
I will do it.
If you love me you will keep my commandments.
I shall ask the Father,
and he will give you another Advocate
to be with you for ever,
that Spirit of truth
whom the world can never receive
since it neither sees nor knows him;
but you know him,
because he is with you, he is in you.
I will not leave you orphans;
I will come back to you.
In a short time the world will no longer see me;
but you will see me,
because I live and you will live.
On that day
you will understand that I am in my Father
and you in me and I in you.
Anybody who receives my commandments and keeps them
will be one who loves me;
and anybody who loves me will be loved by my Father,
and I shall love him and show myself to him'.
Prayer over the Gifts
Lord, receive our worship in memory of Blessed Mary of Jesus, the virgin. By this perfect sacrifice make us grow in unselfish love for you and for our brothers and sisters. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Communion Antiphon - Jn 14:21,23
Whoever loves me will be loved by my Father. We shall come to him and make our home with him.
Prayer after Communion
Almighty God, may we who are strengthened by the power of this sacrament learn from the example of Blessed Mary of Jesus
to seek you above all things and to live in this world as your new creation. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Office of Readings
Second Reading - A reading from Interior Castle by St. Teresa of Jesus
What I mean by meditation is to busy one's understanding in the following way. We begin to think about God's goodness to us in giving us His only Son, but we don't stop there: we go on to all the other mysteries of His glorious life. Or we begin with His prayer in the garden, and our understanding doesn't stop until we picture Him nailed to the cross. Or we take a single scene from the passion, and go on thinking about that one mystery, working out in detail everything that can be thought or felt about it. It is a very admirable and meritorious kind of prayer.
No soul that has received so much from God, such precious proofs of His love, can forget them. They are live sparks that can only intensify what we feel for our Lord. Anyone who says he can't dwell on these mysteries is quite mistaken. He will often have them in mind, especially when they are being celebrated by the Catholic Church.
The company of our beloved Jesus, and His blessed Mother, is far too good to be given up. For my own part I could not wish for any blessing that had not been won for us by Him, through whom every good thing comes to us.
Our Lord said Himself, "No one can come to the Father except through me," and "Whoever sees me, sees my Father." So if we never look at Him, or think about what we owe Him and the death He underwent for our sake, I don't see how we can hope to know Him or do anything to serve Him. (Without such good works, what good is faith? And what good are works unless they are joined to the merits of Jesus Christ, our only good, which alone have any worth?) And how can anyone persuade us to love our Lord?
R/. Let your hearts be comforted in the knowledge of Christ, God's mystery: * in Him lies hidden every treasure of wisdom and knowledge.
V/. You must live in Him, be rooted in Him, built up on Him; * in Him lies hidden every treasure of wisdom and knowledge.
Blessed be God, Who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing.
If you gladly share Christ's sufferings, you will have far greater joy when His glory is revealed.