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Mass Readings For ​Memorial of Saint Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr: 23rd February

Mass Readings For ​Memorial of Saint Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr: 23rd February

Reading 1 Sir 5:1-8

Rely not on your wealth;

say not: “I have the power.”

Rely not on your strength

in following the desires of your heart.

Say not: “Who can prevail against me?”

or, “Who will subdue me for my deeds?”

for God will surely exact the punishment.

Say not: “I have sinned, yet what has befallen me?”

for the Most High bides his time.

Of forgiveness be not overconfident,

adding sin upon sin.

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Imagine Walking With Those Who Walked With Jesus: ​St. Polycarp Feastday: February 23 

Imagine Walking With Those Who Walked With Jesus: ​St. Polycarp Feastday: February 23 

Imagine being able to sit at the feet of the apostles and hear their stories of life with Jesus from their own lips. Imagine walking with those who had walked with Jesus, seen him, and touched him. That was what Polycarp was able to do as a disciple of Saint John the Evangelist. 

But being part of the second generation of Church leaders had challenges that the first generation could not teach about. What did you do when those eyewitnesses were gone? How do you carry on the correct teachings of Jesus? How do you answer new questions that never came up before? 
With the apostles gone, heresies sprang up pretending to be true teaching, persecution was strong, and controversies arose over how to celebrate liturgy that Jesus never laid down rules for. 

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