HERE I AM, LORD. SEND ME
Your priests, O Lord, shall be clothed with justice; your holy ones shall ring out their joy.
O God, in the priest Blessed Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi you joined the apostolic
zeal of a pastor to the way of life of a monk. Grant us by his intercession that
persevering in prayer, we seek untiringly the coming of your kingdom. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son and our elder brother, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen!
First reading Philippians 2:1-11
Brethren: If there is any encouragement in Christ, any incentive of love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfishness or conceit, but in humility count others better than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Responsorial Psalm: Isaiah 12:2-3,4bcde,5-6(R.1de)
R. Your anger turned away and you comforted me.
“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.” With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. R.
Give thanks to the LORD, call upon his name; make known his deeds among the nations, proclaim that his name is exalted. R.
“Sing praises to the LORD, for he has done gloriously; let this be known in all the earth. Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.” R.
Gospel Acclamation 2Corintians 5:19
Alleluia, alleluia! God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Alleluia!
Gospel Matthew 13:44-46
At that time: Jesus said to the crowds, “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.
Prayer over the Offerings
Receive, O Lord, we pray, the offerings made for the salvation of your people,
so that through the intercession of blessed Cyprian Michael we may flee the
enticements of sin and draw near to the company of heaven. Through Christ our Lord. Amen!
Communion antiphon: cf.Mt 24:46-47
Blessed is the servant whom the Lord finds watching when he comes. Amen I
say to you, he will put that servant incharge of all his property.
Prayer after Communion
Grant our request, we pray, O Lord our God, that, defended by the protection of blessed Cyprian Michael, we may live by this Sacrament of your wisdom in serenity and moderation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen!
Fr. Tansi was a young man from Aguleri who at the age of 22, entered the seminary and was ordained a priest of Onitsha Diocese in 1937. After 13 years of zealous service in his diocese, he decided to devote his life to contemplation and prayer; hence in 1950 he joined the Mount Saint Bernard Abbey, near Nottingham England. His rapid growth in holiness became quite evident to those who knew him and even after his death many profess to receiving favours thanks to his intercession. During the celebration of the year for Priests (June 19, 2009 – June 18, 2010), the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed Blessed Michael Iwene Tansi as the patron of Nigerian priests (June 3, 2010). Since then his tomb in the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity Onitsha has become one of the major pilgrimage sites in Nigeria. He worked assiduously in rooting out idolatry and idol worship. The virtues modeled by the life of Blessed Tansi are those of simplicity, humility and poverty. He was an ardent preacher of the word of God.
God calls us out to be disciples of his peace and love following the footsteps of his Only-Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, may we respond to this divine call in total obedience with the blessing of Almighty God, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!