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Saturday, September 19th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Luke 8:4-15.


Saturday of the Twenty-fourth week in Ordinary Time

19 September 2015

“Some seed fell on good soil, and when it grew,

it produced fruit a hundredfold.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 8:4-15.

When a large crowd gathered, with people from one town after another journeying to Jesus, he spoke in a parable.
A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path and was trampled, and the birds of the sky ate it up.
Some seed fell on rocky ground, and when it grew, it withered for lack of moisture.
Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew with it and choked it.
And some seed fell on good soil, and when it grew, it produced fruit a hundredfold.” After saying this, he called out, “Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear.”
Then his disciples asked him what the meaning of this parable might be.
He answered, “Knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of God has been granted to you; but to the rest, they are made known through parables so that ‘they may look but not see, and hear but not understand.’
This is the meaning of the parable. The seed is the word of God.
Those on the path are the ones who have heard, but the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts that they may not believe and be saved.
Those on rocky ground are the ones who, when they hear, receive the word with joy, but they have no root; they believe only for a time and fall away in time of trial.
As for the seed that fell among thorns, they are the ones who have heard, but as they go along, they are choked by the anxieties and riches and pleasures of life, and they fail to produce mature fruit.
But as for the seed that fell on rich soil, they are the ones who, when they have heard the word, embrace it with a generous and good heart, and bear fruit through perseverance.

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Saturday of the Twenty-fourth week in Ordinary Time

19 September 2015

Commentary of the day

Saint Gregory the Great (c.540-604)

Jerome and Gregory.

Jerome and Gregory.

 Saint Gregory the Great (c.540-604), Pope, Doctor of the Church
Homilies on the Gospel, 1,15

Bearing fruit through perseverance

Be watchful so that the word you have received may resonate in the depth of your heart and dwell there. Take care that the seed not fall upon the path for fear that the evil spirit might come and take the word away from your memory. Take care that the rocky soil does not receive the seed and produce good actions that are lacking the roots of perseverance. For many rejoice when they hear the word and they prepare to undertake good works. But when trials have hardly begun to assail them they give up what they had undertaken. Thus, the rocky soil lacked water, so much so that the wheat germ could not bear the fruit of perseverance.

But the good earth gives fruit through patience. Let us understand by this that our good works can be of value, if we patiently bear the trouble caused by our neighbor. Moreover, the more we advance towards perfection, the more we have to endure trials. Once our soul has abandoned the love of the present world, the hostility of this world increases. That is why we see many toiling under a heavy burden (Mt 11:28) although their works are good… But according to the word of the Lord, “they bear fruit through their constancy” by bearing these trials humbly, so much so that after having toiled, they will be invited to enter into the peace of heaven.

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Saturday of the Twenty-fourth week in Ordinary Time

19 September 2015

Saint of the day

St. Januarius, Bishop and Martyr († 305)

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ST. JANUARIUS
Bishop and Martyr
(† 305)

        Many centuries ago, St. Januarius died for the faith in the persecution of Diocletian, and to this day God confirms the faith of his Church, and works a continual miracle, through the blood which Januarius shed for Him.

The Saint was Bishop of Beneventum, and on one occasion he travelled to Misenum in order to visit a deacon named Sosius. During this visit Januarius saw the head of Sosius, who was singing the gospel in the church, girt with flames, and took this for a sign that ere long Sosius would wear the crown of martyrdom. So it proved. Shortly after Sosius was arrested, and thrown into prison. There St. Januarius visited and encouraged him, till the bishop also was arrested in turn. Soon the number of the confessors was swollen by some of the neighboring clergy. They were exposed to the wild beasts in the amphitheatre. The beasts, however, did them no harm; and at last the Governor of Campania ordered the Saints to be beheaded.

Little did the heathen governor think that he was the instrument in God’s hand of ushering in the long succession of miracles which attest the faith of Januarius. The relics of St. Januarius rest in the cathedral of Naples, and it is there that the liquefaction of his blood occurs. The blood is congealed in two glass vials, but when it is brought near the martyr’s head it melts and flows like the blood of a living man.

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