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Catholic Lectionary

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2011 | MEMORIAL
OUR LADY OF SORROWS
The Gospel for this memorial is proper.
YEARS 1 & 2


From Thursday of the 24th Week in Ordinary Time
First Reading 1 Timothy 4:12–16
Response Psalm 111:2
Psalm Psalm 111:7–10
Gospel Acclamation Matthew 11:25
Gospel Luke 7:36–50


Or from the Proper of Saints
First Reading Hebrews 5:7–9
Response Psalm 31:17
Psalm Psalm 31:2, 3b–6, 15–16, 20
Gospel Acclamation Text
Gospel John 19:25–27 or Luke 2:33–35



Catholic Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).

HOW SWEET THE NAME OF JESUS SOUNDS

September 15


HOW SWEET THE NAME OF JESUS SOUNDS
John Newton, 1725–1807
Unto you therefore which believe He is precious. (1 Peter 2:7 KJV)
One of the important activities we need for our spiritual growth and maturity is to spend time daily in quiet meditation and communion with our Lord. Although Bible reading and prayer are absolutely necessary, it is still possible to engage in these pursuits without ever experiencing real communion with Christ Himself. We must learn to say—
Once His gifts I wanted, now the Giver own;
Once I sought for blessing, now Himself alone!
—A. B. Simpson
John Newton has given believers an excellent text for extolling and meditating upon Christ. This worship of our Lord reaches its crescendo in the fourth stanza when Newton lists ten consecutive titles for Jesus: Shepherd, Brother, Friend, Prophet, Priest, King, Lord, Life, Way, End. In the fifth and sixth stanzas, Newton realizes that a Christian’s praise of Christ’s names will always be inadequate until He i…