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Thursday, July 24th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Matthew 13:10-17.


Thursday of the Sixteenth week in Ordinary Time

24 JULY 2014

The disciples approached him and said, “Why do you speak to them in parables?”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 13:10-17.

The disciples approached him and said,
“Why do you speak to them in parables?”
He said to them in reply, “Because knowledge of the mysteries
of the kingdom of heaven has been granted to you,
but to them it has not been granted.
To anyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich;
from anyone who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
This is why I speak to them in parables,
because ‘they look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand.'”
Isaiah’s prophecy is fulfilled in them, which says:
‘You shall indeed hear but not understand you shall indeed look but never see.
Gross is the heart of this people, they will hardly hear with their ears,
they have closed their eyes, lest they see with their eyes
and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and be converted,
and I heal them.’
But blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears,
because they hear.
Amen, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed
to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear
what you hear but did not hear it”.

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Thursday of the Sixteenth week in Ordinary Time
24 July 2014

Saints of the day

St. Christina, Virgin and Martyr († c. 300)

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SAINT CHRISTINA
Virgin and Martyr
(† c. 300)

St. Christina was the daughter of a rich and powerful magistrate named Urbain. Her father, who was deep in the practices of heathenism, had a number of golden idols, which our Saint destroyed, and distributed the pieces among the poor. Infuriated by this act, Urbain became the persecutor of his daughter; he had her whipped with rods and then thrown into a dungeon. Christina remained unshaken in her faith.

Her tormentor then had her body torn by iron hooks, and fastened her to a rack beneath which a fire was kindled. But God watched over his servant and turned the flames upon the lookers-on. Christina was next seized, a heavy stone tied about her neck, and she was thrown into the lake of Bolsena, but she was saved by an angel, and outlived her father, who died of spite.

Later, this martyr suffered the most inhuman torments under the judge who succeeded her father, and finally was thrown into a burning furnace, where she remained, unhurt, for five days. By the power of Christ she overcame the serpents among which she was thrown; then her tongue was cut out, and afterwards, being pierced with arrows, she gained the martyr’s crown at Tyro, a city which formerly stood on an island in the lake of Bolsena in Italy, but was long since swallowed up by the waters.

Her relics are now at Palermo in Sicily.

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

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