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Sunday, August 17th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Matthew 15:21-28.


Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A

17 AUGUST 2014

“Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is tormented by a demon.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 15:21-28.

At that time Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon.
And behold, a Canaanite woman of that district came and called out,
“Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is tormented by a demon.”
But he did not say a word in answer to her. His disciples came and asked him,
“Send her away, for she keeps calling out after us.”
He said in reply, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
But the woman came and did him homage, saying, “Lord, help me.”
He said in reply, “It is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.”
She said, “Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters.”
Then Jesus said to her in reply, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.”
And her daughter was healed from that hour.

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Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A

17 AUGUST 2014

Commentary of the day

William of Saint-Thierry (c.1085-1148),
Benedictine, then a Cistercian monk
Meditations, no.2 (©Cistercian Fathers series)

“Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David!”

Sometimes I feel you passing by, you do not stop for me but go straight on, leaving me crying after you like the Canaanite woman… Should I draw near again, when this occurs? Yes, surely, Lord. For the whelps that are chased with blows from their master’s house return immediately and, hanging watchfully about the place, receive their daily bread. I come again when I am driven out; shut out, I howl; and beaten, I implore. A dog cannot live without a man’s companionship, nor can my soul without the Lord her God.

Open to me, therefore, Lord, that I may come to you and be enlightened by you. You dwell in your heavens, but you have made darkness your secret place, even the dark waters amid the clouds of the air. And, as the Prophet says, “You have set a cloud before you, so that our prayer may not pass through,”(Lam 3,44). But, as for me, I have rotted on earth, my heart thick and earthy… Your heavenly stars do not shine for me; the sun is darkened and the moon gives no light. In psalms and hymns and spiritual songs I hear your mighty acts proclaimed; out of your Gospels your words and deeds shine forth at me, and the example of your servants… your promises in Scripture, the promises your Truth has made, obtrude themselves without cease upon my sight and battering my deafness with their din… But long persistence in bad ways, along with very great insensibility of mind, has hardened me. I have learned to sleep with the sunshine full on my face, and have grown used to it. I have become accustomed to not seeing what takes place before my eyes…

How long, O Lord, how long? How long will you defer to rend the heavens and come down? (Ps 13[12],1; Is 64,1)… How long will you delay… so to shatter my dullness that I may be no longer what I am… and so be turned, at least at eventide, and hunger like a dog that runs about your city? – the city of which a portion sojourns still on earth but the greater part rejoices already in heaven – so that maybe I may find some who will receive my fainting soul into their habitation?

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Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A

17 AUGUST 2014

Saint of the day

SAINT HYACINTH
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SAINT HYACINTH
Dominican Missionary
(1185-1257)

Hyacinth, the glorious apostle of Poland and Russia, was born of noble parents in Poland, about the year 1185. In 1218, being already Canon of Cracow, he accompanied his uncle, the bishop of that place, to Rome. There he met St. Dominic, and received the habit of the Friar Preachers from the patriarch himself, of whom be became a living copy. So wonderful was his progress in virtue that within a year Dominic sent him to preach and plant the Order in Poland, where he founded two houses.

His apostolic journeys extended over numerous regions. Austria, Bohemia, Livonia, the shores of the Black Sea, Tartary, and Northern China on the east, and Sweden and Norway to the west, were evangelized by him, and he is said to have visited Scotland. Everywhere multitudes were converted, churches and convents were built; one hundred and twenty thousand pagans and infidels were baptized by his hands. He worked numerous miracles, and at Cracow raised a dead youth to life.

He had inherited from St. Dominic a most filial confidence in the Mother of God; to her he ascribed his success, and to her aid he looked for his salvation. When St. Hyacinth was at Kiev the Tartars sacked the town, but it was only as he finished Mass that the Saint heard of the danger. Without waiting to unvest, he took the ciborium in his hands, and was leaving the church. As he passed by an statue of Mary a voice said: “Hyacinth, my son, why do you leave me behind? Take me with you, and leave me not to my enemies.” The statue was of heavy alabaster, but when Hyacinth took it in his arms it was light as a reed. With the Blessed Sacrament and the statue he came to the river Dnieper, and walked dry-shod over the surface of the waters.

On the eve of the Assumption he was warned of his coming death. In spite of a wasting fever, he celebrated Mass on the feast, and communicated as a dying man. He was anointed at the foot of the altar, and died the same day, 1257.

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

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