Reading I: Leviticus 25:1, 8-17
Responsorial: Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 7-8
Gospel: Matthew 14:1-12
Born about AD400, Peter became bishop of Ravenna in Italy. He was a wonderful preacher and teacher. His understanding of scripture was deep and profound. He has a powerful way of expressing things that apply as much to us today as they did 1600 yrs ago.
"Man, why do you have so low an opinion of yourself, when you are so precious to God?" he writes in his "Sermon on the Incarnation." He tells us that we are made in His likeness so that our lives may make the invisible God visible on earth. His sermons are well worth reading. His understanding of human nature are always valid.
Below is a quote from another of his semons on prayer and fasting. It sums up in a few words all we need to know.....its the doing that is the hard part!
“Prayer, mercy and fasting: These three are one, and they give life to each other. Fasting is the soul of prayer; mercy is the lifeblood of fasting. Let no one try to separate them; they cannot be separated. If you have only one of them or not all together, you have nothing. So if you pray, fast; if fast, show mercy; if you want your petition to be heard, hear the petition of others. When you fast, see the fasting of others. If you hope for mercy, show mercy. If you look for kindness, show kindness. If you want to receive, give.”