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Thursday, July 10th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Matthew 10:7-15.


Thursday of the Fourteenth week in Ordinary Time

10 JULY 2014

Jesus said to his Apostles: “As you go, make this proclamation:
‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 10:7-15.

Jesus said to his Apostles: “As you go, make this proclamation:
‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’
Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons.
Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.
Do not take gold or silver or copper for your belts;
no sack for the journey, or a second tunic, or sandals,
or walking stick. The laborer deserves his keep.
Whatever town or village you enter, look for a worthy person in it,
and stay there until you leave.
As you enter a house, wish it peace.
If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; if not,
let your peace return to you.”
Whoever will not receive you or listen to your words–go outside
that house or town and shake the dust from your feet.
Amen, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom
and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.”

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Thursday of the Fourteenth week in Ordinary Time

Commentary of the day

Saint Bonaventure
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Saint Bonaventure (1221-1274),
Franciscan, Doctor of the Church

Life of Saint Francis, Legenda major,
ch. 3 (trans. ©Franciscan Institute of St Bonaventure University)

“Make this proclamation: ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand’ “

At the same time, another good man entered the Order [of Saint Francis], bringing the number of the man of God’s blessed offspring to seven. Then the pious father called all his sons to himself and, as he told them many things about the kingdom of God, contempt for the world, the denial of their own wills, and the chastising of their bodies, he revealed his proposal to send them to the four corners of the world…

“Go,” the gentle father said to his sons, “while you are announcing peace to the people, preach repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Mk 1,4). Be patient in trials, watchful in prayer, strenuous in work, moderate in speech, reserved in manner, and grateful for favors, for because of all these things an eternal kingdom is being prepared for you” (Mt 5,3; Lk 6,20).

As they humbly prostrated themselves on the ground before God’s servant, they accepted the command of obedience with a spirit of joy. Then Francis spoke to each one individually: “Cast your care upon the Lord, and he will sustain you” (Ps 54[55],23). He was accustomed to saying this phrase whenever he sent a brother under obedience. Knowing he should give himself as an example to others, he too then set out with one companion for one part of the world that he might first practice rather than preach (cf. Acts 1,1).

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014

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Thursday of the Fourteenth week in Ordinary Time

Saint of the day

Thursday, 10 July 2014

The Seven Holy Brothers & their mother St. Felicitas,
Martyrs († c. 150)

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THE SEVEN HOLY BROTHERS and
ST. FELICITAS, their Mother
Martyrs
(† c. 150)

The illustrious martyrdom of these Saints happened at Rome, under the Emperor Antoninus. The seven brothers were the sons of St. Felicitas, a noble, pious, Christian widow in Rome, who, after the death of her husband, served God in a state of continency and employed herself wholly in prayer, fasting, and works of charity. By the public and edifying example of this lady and her whole family many idolaters were moved to renounce the worship of their false gods, and to embrace the Faith of Christ.

This excited the anger of the heathen priests, who complained to the emperor that the boldness with which Felicitas publicly practised the Christian religion drew many from the worship of the immortal gods, who were the guardians and protectors of the empire, and that, in order to appease these false gods, it was necessary to compel this lady and her children to sacrifice to them.

Publius, the prefect of Rome, caused the mother and her sons to be apprehended and brought before him, and, addressing her, said, “Take pity on your children, Felicitas; they are in the bloom of youth, and may aspire to the greatest honors and preferments.” The holy mother answered, “Your pity is really impiety, and the compassion to which you exhort me would make me the most cruel of mothers.” Then turning herself towards her children, she said to them, “My sons, look up to heaven, where Jesus Christ with his Saints expects you. Be faithful in his love, and fight courageously for your souls.”

Publius, being exasperated at this behavior, commanded her to be cruelly buffeted; he then called the children to him one after another, and used many artful speeches, mingling promises with threats to induce them to adore the gods. His arguments and threats were equally in vain, and the brothers were condemned to be scourged. After being whipped, they were remanded to prison, and the prefect, despairing to overcome their resolution, laid the whole process before the emperor. Antoninus gave an order that they should be sent to different judges, and be condemned to different deaths.

Januarius was scourged to death with whips loaded with plummets of lead. The two next, Felix and Philip, were beaten with clubs till they expired. Sylvanus, the fourth, was thrown headlong down a steep precipice. The three youngest, Alexander, Vitalis, and Martialis, were beheaded, and the same sentence was executed upon the mother four months after.

Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. ed. [1894]

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014

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