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Sunday, July 20th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Matthew 13:24-43.


Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A

20 JULY 2014

“When the crop grew and bore fruit,
the weeds appeared as well.”
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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 13:24-43.

Jesus proposed another parable to the crowds. “The kingdom of heaven
may be likened to a man who sowed good seed in his field.
While everyone was asleep his enemy came and sowed weeds all
through the wheat, and then went off.
When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well.
The slaves of the householder came to him and said,
‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field?
Where have the weeds come from?’
He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ His slaves said to him,
‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’
He replied, ‘No, if you pull up the weeds you might uproot
the wheat along with them.
Let them grow together until harvest; then at harvest time
I will say to the harvesters, “First collect the weeds and tie
them in bundles for burning; but gather the wheat into my barn.”‘”
He proposed another parable to them. “The kingdom of heaven is
like a mustard seed that a person took and sowed in a field.
It is the smallest of all the seeds, yet when full-grown it is
the largest of plants. It becomes a large bush, and the
‘birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches.'”
He spoke to them another parable. “The kingdom of heaven is like
yeast that a woman took and mixed with three measures of wheat
flour until the whole batch was leavened.”
All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables.
He spoke to them only in parables,
to fulfill what had been said through the prophet:
“I will open my mouth in parables, I will announce what has lain
hidden from the foundation of the world.”
Then, dismissing the crowds, he went into the house.
His disciples approached him and said,
“Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”
He said in reply, “He who sows good seed is the Son of Man,
the field is the world, the good seed the children of the kingdom.
The weeds are the children of the evil one,
and the enemy who sows them is the devil.
The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
Just as weeds are collected and burned (up) with fire,
so will it be at the end of the age.
The Son of Man will send his angels,
and they will collect out of his kingdom all who cause others
to sin and all evildoers.
They will throw them into the fiery furnace,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.
Then the righteous will shine like the sun in
the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears ought to hear.”

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Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A

Commentary of the day

Saint Macarius of Egypt

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Homily attributed to Saint Macarius of Egypt (?-390),
monk

No.24, 4 ; PG 34, 662

“Until the whole batch was leavened”

If someone kneads bread without mixing leaven into it, they may well apply themselves to the task, knead and work at it, the dough will not rise and can’t be used as food. But when leaven has been mixed in it draws all the dough to itself and makes it all rise, as in the parable the Lord applied to the Kingdom… It is the same with meat: no matter how much care you take, if you neglect to put in salt to preserve it,… it will smell bad and become uneatable. In the same sort of way, imagine the whole of humanity as meat or dough and that the divine nature of the Holy Spirit is salt and leaven from another world. If the heavenly leaven of the Spirit and good salt of the divine nature… are not added to our lowly human nature and mixed into it, the soul will never lose its bad odor of sin and will not rise by losing the heaviness and impurities of the “leaven of wickedness” (1Cor 5,7)…

If a soul only relies on its own strength and thinks itself able to achieve complete success of itself, without the help of the Holy Spirit, it is greatly deceived. It is not made for the dwelling places of heaven nor made for the Kingdom… If sinful man does not draw near to God, does not renounce the world, does not await in hope and patience a good that is foreign to its own nature, namely the strength of the Holy Spirit; if the Lord does not instil his own divine life from on high into that soul, that person will never taste the true life… On the other hand, if he has received the Spirit’s grace, if he does not turn away from it, if he does not offend him by his negligence and wrongdoing, if, after persevering a long time like this in the fight, he does not “grieve the Spirit” (Eph 4,30), he will have the happiness of winning eternal life.

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014

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Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A

SAINTS OF THE DAY

St. Margaret of Antioch, Virgin and Martyr

(3rd century)
St. Apollinaris, Bishop and Martyr
St. Kunigunde

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SAINT MARGARET OF ANTIOCH
Virgin and Martyr
(3rd century)

According to the ancient Martyrologies, St. Margaret suffered at Antioch in Pisidia, in the last general persecution. She is said to have been instructed in the Faith by a Christian nurse, to have been persecuted by her own father, a pagan priest, and, after many torments, to have gloriously finished her martyrdom by the sword.

From the East, her veneration was exceedingly propagated in England, France, and Germany, in the eleventh century, during the holy wars.

Her body is now kept at Monte-Fiascone in Tuscany.

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

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014

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