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Wednesday, July 20th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Matthew 13:1-9.


Wednesday of the Sixteenth week in Ordinary Time

20 July 2016

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ

“But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit,

a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.
Whoever has ears ought to hear.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 13:1-9.

On  that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down by the sea.
Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat down, and the whole crowd stood along the shore.
And he spoke to them at length in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow.
And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and birds came and ate it up.
Some fell on rocky ground, where it had little soil. It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep,
and when the sun rose it was scorched, and it withered for lack of roots.
Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it.
But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit, a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.
Whoever has ears ought to hear.”

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Daily Mass, Wednesday 20 July 2016

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Wednesday of the Sixteenth week in Ordinary Time

20 July 2016

Commentary of the day

Saint John Chrysostom (c.345-407),

priest at Antioch then Bishop of Constantinople, Doctor of the Church
Homily 44 on Saint Matthew

“On rich soil, it produced fruit”

      “A sower went out to sow.” From whence did he go out? He who is present everywhere and fills the entire universe? How did he go out? Not in a physical sense but through a disposition of providence in our regard: he came near by clothing himself in our flesh. Since we are unable to go to him, our sins preventing our access, it is he who comes to us. And why did he go out? To destroy the ground where thistles were rampant? To punish the farm laborers for them? Not at all. He comes to cultivate this piece of land, take care of it and sow the word of holiness in it. For the seed he speaks of is, in fact, his own teaching; the field is the human soul; the sower, he himself…

It would be quite right to rebuke a farmer who sowed his seed so widely… But when it is a question of matters of the soul then stones can be turned into fruitful earth, the path can remain undisturbed by every passer-by and become a fertile field, thorns can be pulled up and allow the seed to grow peacefully. If it hadn’t been possible, he would not have broadcast his seed. And if the transformation never took place, that isn’t the sower’s fault but the fault of those who didn’t want to let themselves be changed. The sower carried out his work. If his seed has been wasted then the author of so great a blessing isn’t to blame.

Take good note that there are several ways of losing the seed… It is one thing to let the seed of God’s word dry out without tribulation or hassle, it’s another to see it perish beneath the shock of temptation… So that nothing similar should happen to us let us engrave the word in our minds, fervently, deeply. Then the devil may well go pulling out all around us, we shall have enough strength to keep him from pulling out anything in us.

 

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Wednesday of the Sixteenth week in Ordinary Time

20 July 2016

Saints of the day

St. Margaret of Antioch,

Virgin and Martyr (3rd century)

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SAINT MARGARET OF ANTIOCH
Virgin and Martyr
(3rd century)

        According to the ancient Martyrologies, St. Margaret suffered at Antioch in Pisidia, in the last general persecution. She is said to have been instructed in the Faith by a Christian nurse, to have been persecuted by her own father, a pagan priest, and, after many torments, to have gloriously finished her martyrdom by the sword.

        From the East, her veneration was exceedingly propagated in England, France, and Germany, in the eleventh century, during the holy wars.

        Her body is now kept at Monte-Fiascone in Tuscany.

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

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Wednesday of the Sixteenth week in Ordinary Time

20 July 2016

Saints of the day

St. Apollinaris,

Bishop and Martyr

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SAINT APOLLINARIS
Bishop and Martyr
(c. 2nd-3rd century)

        St. Apollinaris was the first Bishop of Ravenna; he sat twenty years, and was crowned with martyrdom in the reign of Vespasian. He was a disciple of St. Peter, and made by him Bishop of Ravenna.

        St. Peter Chrysologus, the most illustrious among his successors, has left us a sermon in honor of our Saint, in which he often styles him a martyr; but adds, that though he frequently suffered for the Faith, and ardently desired to lay down his life for Christ, yet God preserved him a long time to his Church, and did not allow the persecutors to take away his life. So he seems to have been a martyr only by the torments he endured for Christ, which he survived at least some days.

        His body lay first at Classis, four miles from Ravenna, still a kind of suburb to that city, and its seaport till it was choked up by the sands. In the year 549 his relics were removed into a more secret vault in the same church. St. Fortunatus exhorted his friends to make pilgrimages to the tomb, and St. Gregory the Great ordered parties in doubtful suits at law to be sworn before it.

        Pope Honorius built a church under the name of Apollinaris in Rome, about the year 630. It occurs in all martyrologies, and the high veneration which the Church paid early to his memory is a sufficient testimony of his eminent sanctity and apostolic spirit.

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

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