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St. John of Matha

December 17, 2013

Reflection

 

St. John of Matha - Founder of the Order of the Most Holy Trinity (Trinitarians)

 

St John of Matha, whose feast is celebrated today, was born of a very pious noble family.   He could have lived a life of privilege but opted for a life of service.  After being ordained, he devoted his life and resources to liberating Christian slaves.

 

His life was an example of unwavering faith.  During one of those trips, having ransomed hundreds of slaves, the enemy took away the helm from his vessel and tore all its sails.  But St John, filled with faith and trust, used cloaks for sails and asked God to be his pilot.   Singing psalms and prayers, they safely sailed to Italy.

 

Thought Questions

 

Are we using our resources to liberate others from loneliness, despair?  Are we freeing ourselves from whatever enslaves us?   Resentments, greed, anger…?

 

Prayer

 

Lord please; enlighten me to see how I can be set free from what keeps me from You.  Give me the faith to always trust Your will.

 

By Cris Diaz

 

 

Readings

 

Reading 1 GN 49:2, 8-10

 

Jacob called his sons and said to them:
“Assemble and listen, sons of Jacob,
listen to Israel, your father.

“You, Judah, shall your brothers praise
–your hand on the neck of your enemies;
the sons of your father shall bow down to you.
Judah, like a lion’s whelp,
you have grown up on prey, my son.
He crouches like a lion recumbent,
the king of beasts–who would dare rouse him?
The scepter shall never depart from Judah,
or the mace from between his legs,
While tribute is brought to him,
and he receives the people’s homage.”

 

Responsorial Psalm PS 72:1-2, 3-4AB, 7-8, 17

 

R. (see 7) Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.


O God, with your judgment endow the king,
and with your justice, the king’s son;
He shall govern your people with justice
and your afflicted ones with judgment. 

The mountains shall yield peace for the people,
and the hills justice.
He shall defend the afflicted among the people,
save the children of the poor.

Justice shall flower in his days,
and profound peace, till the moon be no more.
May he rule from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.

May his name be blessed forever;
as long as the sun his name shall remain.
In him shall all the tribes of the earth be blessed;
all the nations shall proclaim his happiness. 

 

Gospel MT 1:1-17

 

The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ,
the son of David, the son of Abraham.

Abraham became the father of Isaac,
Isaac the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers. 
Judah became the father of Perez and Zerah,
whose mother was Tamar. 
Perez became the father of Hezron,
Hezron the father of Ram,
Ram the father of Amminadab. 
Amminadab became the father of Nahshon,
Nahshon the father of Salmon,
Salmon the father of Boaz,
whose mother was Rahab. 
Boaz became the father of Obed,
whose mother was Ruth. 
Obed became the father of Jesse,
Jesse the father of David the king.

David became the father of Solomon,
whose mother had been the wife of Uriah. 
Solomon became the father of Rehoboam,
Rehoboam the father of Abijah,
Abijah the father of Asaph. 
Asaph became the father of Jehoshaphat,
Jehoshaphat the father of Joram,
Joram the father of Uzziah. 
Uzziah became the father of Jotham,
Jotham the father of Ahaz,
Ahaz the father of Hezekiah. 
Hezekiah became the father of Manasseh,
Manasseh the father of Amos,
Amos the father of Josiah.
Josiah became the father of Jechoniah and his brothers
at the time of the Babylonian exile.

After the Babylonian exile,
Jechoniah became the father of Shealtiel,
Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
Zerubbabel the father of Abiud. 
Abiud became the father of Eliakim,
Eliakim the father of Azor,
Azor the father of Zadok. 
Zadok became the father of Achim,
Achim the father of Eliud,
Eliud the father of Eleazar. 
Eleazar became the father of Matthan,
Matthan the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary. 
Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ.

Thus the total number of generations
from Abraham to David
is fourteen generations;
from David to the Babylonian exile, fourteen generations;
from the Babylonian exile to the Christ,
fourteen generations.

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Comments

Enrique Reyes  |  LA  |  December 17, 2013  |  2:04 PM

St. John de Matha is truly inspiring. Sometimes the stories of saints seem surreal, but there is always a part in them that makes them human, such as surrendering themselves to a higher being, God. Pope Francis reminds me of the saints, such as St. John de Matha. He truly lives by the word of Jesus, surrendering himself to God and living a poor life by opting out of many privileges as a Pope. It is an example of how it is possible, in our modern age, to surrender to God and provide service to the less fortunate. It is holding strong to our principles as desciples of Christ and live by them. 


Fr. Bill  |  LA  |  December 17, 2013  |  12:50 PM

Thank you, Cris, for the beautiful reflection on the founder of the religious Order to which both Fr. Frank and I belong, The Trinitarians. St. John de Matha was an interesting figure, historically. He was the first to found a religious community that left the confines of a monastery. We are used to them, now, but back then, it was unheard of. He paved the way for Franciscans and Dominicans and all the other Orders who chose an active apostolate. And, in an angry age, when Christians only interacted with Moslems and Moslems with Christians by  taking up the sword against each other, he chose to find a way to "love people back to where they belong." In a time of anger and rage, he spoke of a gentler path. In a time of war and violence, he reached out a hand of friendship. That is why he has been my model for religious life. I've not always been successful--but, I'll bet he wasn't either! We walk, we fall, we get up and walk again. Such is the struggle for goodness. I think he would want to help each of us to free ourselves from our "ruts" that are robbing us of energy for true Living. I think he would also ask us to be concerned for Christians throughout the world who are dying at the rate of 11 each hour for the faith--TODAY is, truly, "the age of martyrs." Our attention to this modern horror can have a lasting effect. 


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