- Saturday, 13 January 2018 -
Saturday of the First week in Ordinary Time
Readings of day

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 2:13-17.

Jesus went out along the sea. All the crowd came to him and he taught them.
As he passed by, he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus, sitting at the customs post. He said to him, "Follow me." And he got up and followed him.
While he was at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners sat with Jesus and his disciples; for there were many who followed him.
Some scribes who were Pharisees saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors and said to his disciples, "Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?"
Jesus heard this and said to them (that), "Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners."
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Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori
"The man got up and followed him"

O my beloved Redeemer, behold my heart. I give it wholly to you: it is no longer mine, but yours. When you came into the world you offered to the Eternal Father, offered and gave your whole will as you taught us through the mouth of David: «In the scroll of the book it is written that I should do your will. My God, I delight in your law» (Ps 40[39]:8-9). Therefore, O beloved Savior, I offer you my whole will today. Formerly it rebelled against you; through it I offended you. But now, with all my heart, I regret the use I made of it: all those sins that have so wretchedly deprived me of your friendship. I am deeply sorry and now dedicate this will to you, holding nothing back. "Lord, what would you have me do?" (Acts 22:10). Lord, tell me what you want of me: I am ready to carry out everything you desire. Do with me and with all that is mine as is pleasing to you: I accept all, I consent to all. I know that you seek what is best for me: "Into your hands I commend my spirit" (Ps 31[30]:6). In your mercy help it, keep it, enable it to be always yours and all for you, since "You have redeemed it, Lord, God of truth" (Ps 31[30]:6) at the cost of your blood.

6th Address for the Octave of Christmas