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Thursday, June 23rd. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Matthew 7:21-29.


Thursday of the Twelfth week in Ordinary Time

23 June 2016

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ 

 

“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts

on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 7:21-29.

Jesus said to his disciples: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.
Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? Did we not drive out demons in your name? Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?’
Then I will declare to them solemnly, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers.’
Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.
The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock.
And everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand.
The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined.”
When Jesus finished these words, the crowds were astonished at his teaching,
for he taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.”

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Daily Mass, Thursday 23 June 2016

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Thursday of the Twelfth week in Ordinary Time

23 June 2016

Saint of the day

St. Etheldreda,

abbess (7th century)

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SAINT ETHELDREDA
Abbess
(7th century)

        Born and brought up in the fear of God-her mother and three sisters are numbered among the Saints-Etheldreda had but one aim in life, to devote herself to his service in the religious state. Her parents, however, had other views for her, and, in spite of her tears and prayers, she was compelled to become the wife of Tonbercht, a tributary of the Mercian king. She lived with him as a virgin for three years, and at his death retired to the Isle of Ely, that she might apply herself wholly to heavenly things.

        This happiness was but short-lived; for Egfrid, the powerful King of Northumbria, pressed his suit upon her with such eagerness that she was forced into a second marriage. Her life at his court was that of an ascetic rather than a queen: she lived with him not as a wife but as a sister, and, observing a scrupulous regularity of discipline, devoted her time to works of mercy and love.

After twelve years, she retired with her husband’s consent to Coldingham Abbey, which was then under the rule of St. Ebba, and received the veil from the hands of St. Wilfrid. As soon as Etheldreda had left the court of her husband, he repented of having consented to her departure, and followed her, meaning to bring her back by force. She took refuge on a headland on the coast near Coldingham; and here a miracle took place, for the waters forced themselves a passage round the hill, barring the further advance of Egfrid.

        The Saint remained on this island refuge for seven days, till the king, recognizing the divine will, agreed to leave her in peace. God, who by a miracle confirmed the Saint’s vocation, will not fail us if, with a single heart, we elect for him.

        In 672 she returned to Ely, and founded there a double monastery. The nunnery she governed herself, and was by her example a living rule of perfection to her sisters.

        Some time after her death, in 679, her body was found incorrupt, and St. Bede records many miracles worked by her relics.

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

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