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Friday, January 29th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Mark 4:26-34.


Friday of the Third week in Ordinary Time

29 January 2016

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ

It is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground,

is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth.

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 4:26-34. 

Jesus said to the crowds: “This is how it is with the Kingdom of God; it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land
and would sleep and rise night and day and the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how.
Of its own accord the land yields fruit, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.
And when the grain is ripe, he wields the sickle at once, for the harvest has come.”
He said, “To what shall we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable can we use for it?
It is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth.
But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade.”
With many such parables he spoke the word to them as they were able to understand it.
Without parables he did not speak to them, but to his own disciples he explained everything in private.

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DAILY MASS – Friday 29 January 2016   

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Friday of the Third week in Ordinary Time

29 January 2016

Commentary  of the day

Saint Gregory of Nyssa (c.335-395),

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 Icon of St. Gregory of Nyssa

Saint Gregory of Nyssa (c.335-395), monk and Bishop
Sermon on the deceased

“First the shoot, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear”

This present life is a path leading to the end of our hope in the same way that we see fruit on the shoots as they begin to emerge from flower and which, thanks to the flower, comes into existence as fruit even if the flower is not itself the fruit. Even so, the harvest born of sowing does not immediately appear with its ear but the blade first springs up and then, once the blade has died, the stem of corn rises up and in this way the fruit ripens at the head of the ear…

Our Creator has not destined us for an embryonic life; nature’s goal is not the life of the newborn. Neither does it envisage the successive ages that it puts on with time in the process of the growth that alters its form, nor the dissolution of the body following on from death. All these states are stages along the way on which we advance. The goal and end of the journey through these stages is the divine likeness…; the awaited end of life is blessedness. But today, all that concerns the body – death, old age, youth, childhood and the formation of the embryo – all these states like so many plants, stalks and ears, form a pathway, a succession and a potential that makes possible the hoped for maturity.

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2016

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Friday of the Third week in Ordinary Time

29 January 2016

Saint of the day

St. Gildas the Wise,

Abbot (6th century)

SAINT GILDAS THE WISE (or Gildas of Rhuys)
Abbot
(c. 500-570 or 581)

        St. Gildas was a 6th-century British monk. He learned, from the instructions and examples of the most eminent servants of God, to copy in his own life whatever seemed most perfect.

His renowned learning and literary style earned him the designation Gildas Sapiens (Gildas the Wise).

He wrote eight canons of discipline, and a severe invective against the crimes of the Britons, called De Excidio Britanniae and he also wrote an invective against the British clergy, whom he accused of sloth of seldom sacrificing at the altar.

He fell asleep in the Lord in 570 or in 581

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