SAINT OF THE DAY: 03 FEBRUARY, 2015

Saint Blaise

Bishop and Martyr
(† 316)

Saint Blaise

Saint Blaise devoted the earlier years of his life to the study of philosophy, and afterwards became a physician. In the practice of his profession he saw so much of the miseries of life and the hollowness of worldly pleasures, that he resolved to spend the rest of his days in the service of God.

From being a healer of bodily ailments, he became a physician of souls, then retired for a time, by divine inspiration, to a cavern where he remained in prayer.

When the bishop of Sebaste in Armenia died, Blaise, much to the gratification of the inhabitants of that city, was chosen to succeed him.

Saint Blaise at once began to instruct his people, as much by his example as by his words, and the great virtues and sanctity of the servant of God were attested by many miracles.

From all parts, the people came flocking to him for the cure of bodily and spiritual ills.

When the governor of Cappadocia and Lesser Armenia, Agricolaus, began a persecution by order of the Emperor Licinius, Saint Blaise was seized.

After interrogation and a severe scourging, he was hurried off to prison.

While he was under custody, a distraught mother, whose only child was dying of a throat disease, threw herself at his feet and implored his intercession.

Touched at her grief, he offered up his prayers, and the child was cured.

The prisoner was brought before Agricolaus again for further questioning, and again was whipped while tied to a pillar.

He was spared from drowning when thrown into a lake; the governor ordered then that he be beheaded.

At the execution site he prayed aloud to God for his persecutors, and asked that in the future those who would invoke him might be aided, as he had been permitted to assist them during his lifetime.

Our Lord appeared to him and said in a voice which all bystanders heard, that He granted his prayer.

Since that time his intercession has often been effectually solicited, especially in cases of all kinds of throat problems.

(SOURCE: Little Pictorial Lives of the Saints, a compilation based on Butler’s Lives of the Saints and other sources by John Gilmary Shea (Benziger Brothers: New York, 1894); Les Petits Bollandistes: Vies des Saints, by Msgr. Paul Guérin (Bloud et Barral: Paris, 1882), Vol. 2)

COMMENTARY FOR 03 FEBRUARY, 2015

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Commentary on The Reading of the day provided by:

Saint Ambrose (c.340-397), Bishop of Milan and Doctor of the Church
Commentary on St. Luke, 6, 57-59 ( SC 45)

“If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured”

It is our faith that touches Christ; it is our faith that sees him. It isn’t our body that touches him; the eyes of our nature cannot seize him.

For seeing without perceiving is not seeing; hearing without understanding is not hearing, neither is touching if one doesn’t touch with faith…

If we consider the size of our faith and if we understand the greatness of the Son of God, we realize that, in relation to him, we only touch the fringe; we cannot reach the top of his garment.

Therefore, if we too want to be healed by him, let us touch in faith the fringe of Christ.

He is aware of all those who touch his clothes, who touch him while he has his back turned.

For God doesn’t need eyes to see; he doesn’t have physical senses, but he has in himself the knowledge of all things.

Happy then those who are able to touch at least the borders of the Word: for who can seize it entirely?

READING OF THE DAY: 03 FEBRUARY, 2015

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“When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered around him, and he stayed close to the sea.

One of the synagogue officials, named Jairus, came forward. Seeing him he fell at his feet and pleaded earnestly with him, saying, “My daughter is at the point of death. Please, come lay your hands on her that she may get well and live.”

He went off with him, and a large crowd followed him and pressed upon him.

There was a woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years.

She had suffered greatly at the hands of many doctors and had spent all that she had. Yet she was not helped but only grew worse.

She had heard about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak.

She said, “If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured.”

Immediately her flow of blood dried up. She felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction.

Jesus, aware at once that power had gone out from him, turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who has touched my clothes?”

But his disciples said to him, “You see how the crowd is pressing upon you, and yet you ask, ‘Who touched me?'”

And he looked around to see who had done it.

The woman, realizing what had happened to her, approached in fear and trembling. She fell down before Jesus and told him the whole truth.

He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.”

While he was still speaking, people from the synagogue official’s house arrived and said, “Your daughter has died; why trouble the teacher any longer?”

Disregarding the message that was reported, Jesus said to the synagogue official, “Do not be afraid; just have faith.”

He did not allow anyone to accompany him inside except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James.
When they arrived at the house of the synagogue official, he caught sight of a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly.

So he went in and said to them, “Why this commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but asleep.”

And they ridiculed him.

Then he put them all out. He took along the child’s father and mother and those who were with him and entered the room where the child was.

He took the child by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise!”

The girl, a child of twelve, arose immediately and walked around.

(At that) they were utterly astounded.

He gave strict orders that no one should know this and said that she should be given something to eat.” -Mark 5:21-43.