Memorial of St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious
First Reading: 2 Kings 19:9-11, 14-21, 31-36
9 And when the king heard concerning Tirha’kah king of Ethiopia, “Behold, he has set out to fight against you,” he sent messengers again to Hezeki’ah, saying, 10 “Thus shall you speak to Hezeki’ah king of Judah: `Do not let your God on whom you rely deceive you by promising that Jerusalem will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria. 11 Behold, you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands, destroying them utterly. And shall you be delivered?'” 14 Hezeki’ah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it; and Hezeki’ah went up to the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD. 15 And Hezeki’ah prayed before the LORD, and said: “O LORD the God of Israel, who art enthroned above the cherubim, thou art the God, thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; thou hast made heaven and earth. 16 Incline thy ear, O LORD, and hear; open thy eyes, O LORD, and see; and hear the words of Sennach’erib, which he has sent to mock the living God. 17 Of a truth, O LORD, the kings of Assyria have laid waste the nations and their lands, 18 and have cast their gods into the fire; for they were no gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone; therefore they were destroyed. 19 So now, O LORD our God, save us, I beseech thee, from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou, O LORD, art God alone.” 20 Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezeki’ah, saying, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: Your prayer to me about Sennach’erib king of Assyria I have heard. 21 This is the word that the LORD has spoken concerning him: She despises you, she scorns you — the virgin daughter of Zion; she wags her head behind you — the daughter of Jerusalem. 31 for out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors. The zeal of the LORD will do this. 32 Therefore thus says the LORD concerning the king of Assyria, He shall not come into this city or shoot an arrow there, or come before it with a shield or cast up a siege mound against it. 33 By the way that he came, by the same he shall return, and he shall not come into this city, says the LORD. 34 For I will defend this city to save it, for my own sake and for the sake of my servant David.” 35 And that night the angel of the LORD went forth, and slew a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the camp of the Assyrians; and when men arose early in the morning, behold, these were all dead bodies. 36 Then Sennach’erib king of Assyria departed, and went home, and dwelt at Nin’eveh.
Reflection for the day: “He who is not a man of prayer will never attain to a great act of holiness, nor will he ever triumph over himself.” — St. Aloysius Gonzaga
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