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Friday, July 11th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Matthew 10:16-23.


Friday of the Fourteenth week in Ordinary Time

11 JULY 2014

“Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves;
so be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves.”

JESUS 7

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 10:16-23.

Jesus said to his Apostles: “Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves;
so be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves.
But beware of men, for they will hand you over to courts and scourge you in their synagogues,
and you will be led before governors and kings for my sake as a witness
before them and the pagans.
When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say.
You will be given at that moment what you are to say.
For it will not be you who speak but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
Brother will hand over brother to death, and the father his child; children will rise up against parents and have them put to death.
You will be hated by all because of my name, but whoever endures to the end will be saved.
When they persecute you in one town, flee to another. Amen, I say to you,
you will not finish the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.”

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Friday of the Fourteenth week in Ordinary Time

11 JULY 2014

Commentary of the day

Saint John XXIII (1881-1963), pope

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Saint John XXIII (1881-1963), pope

Journal of a soul, August 1961 (©Geoffrey Chapman)

“When they hand you over, do not worry”

Turning my thoughts in on myself and on the varied events of humble life, I must admit that hitherto the Lord has spared me tribulations which make the service of truth, justice and charity hard distasteful for so many souls… O God, how can I thank you for the kindness always shown to me wherever I went in your name, always in simple obedience, not to do my own will but yours? “What shall I render to the Lord for all the things that he has rendered to me?” (Ps 116[115],12). I know that my answer, to myself and to the Lord, is always the same: “I will take the chalice salvation, and I will call upon the name of the Lord” (v.13).

As I have already indicated in these pages: if and when the great tribulation befalls me, I must accept it willingly; and if it delays its coming a little longer, I must continue to nourish myself with the Blood of Jesus, with the addition of all those great and little tribulations which the good Lord may send me. The short Psalm 131[130] has always made, and still makes, a great impression on me: “O Lord, my heart is not lifted up, my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvellous for me. But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a child quieted at its mother’s breast.” Oh, how I love these words! But even if they were to lose their comfort for me towards the end of my life, Lord Jesus, you will strengthen me in my suffering. Your blood, your blood which I shall continue to drink from your chalice, that is, from your Heart, shall be for me a pledge of eternal salvation and happiness. “For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory, beyond all comparison” (2 Cor 4,17).

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014

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Friday of the Fourteenth week in Ordinary Time

11 JULY 2014

Saint of the day

St. Benedict, Abbot (c. 480-547),
Patron of Europe
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SAINT BENEDICT
Abbot
(c. 480-547)

St. Benedict, blessed by grace and in name, was born of a noble Italian family about 480. When a boy he was sent to Rome, and there placed in the public schools. Scared by the licentiousness of the Roman youth, he fled to the desert mountains of Subiaco, and was directed by the Holy Spirit into a cave, deep, craggy, and almost inaccessible. He lived there for three years, unknown to any one save the holy monk Romanus, who clothed him with the monastic habit and brought him food. But the fame of his sanctity soon gathered disciples round him. The rigor of his rule, however, drew on him the hatred of some of the monks, and one of them mixed poison with the abbot’s drink; but when the Saint made the sign of the cross on the poisoned bowl, it broke and fell in pieces to the ground.

After he had built twelve monasteries at Subiaco, he removed to Monte Casino, where he founded an abbey in which he wrote his rule and lived until death. By prayer he did all things: wrought miracles, saw visions, and prophesied. A peasant, whose boy had just died, ran in anguish to St. Benedict, crying out, “Give me back my son!” The monks joined the poor man in his entreaties; but the Saint replied, “Such miracles are not for us to work, but for the blessed apostles. Why will you lay upon me a burden which my weakness cannot bear? ” Moved at length by compassion he knelt down and, prostrating himself upon the body of the child, prayed earnestly. Then rising, he cried out, “Behold not, O Lord, my sins, but the faith of this man, who desires the life of his son, and restore to the body that soul which you have taken away.” Hardly had he spoken when the child’s body began to tremble, and taking it by the hand he restored it alive to its father.

Six days before his death he ordered his grave to be opened, and fell ill of a fever. On the sixth day he requested to be borne into the chapel, and, having received the body and blood of Christ, with hands uplifted, and leaning on one of his disciples, he calmly expired in prayer on the 21st of March, 547.

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

Pope Paul VI proclaimed Benedict patron of Europe (Feast in Europe) on the 24th of October, 1964 (Apostolic Letter: Pacis nuntius).

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014

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