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Wednesday,July 26th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Matthew 13:1-9.


Wednesday of the Sixteenth week in Ordinary Time

26 July 2017

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ

Jesus  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.

 

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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Wednesday of the Sixteenth week in Ordinary Time

26 July 2017

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, 3-4

“Anyone who has ears to hear, let them hear”

Now these things Christ said in the parable of the sower, manifesting that he discoursed to all without grudging. For as the sower makes no distinction in the land submitted to him, but simply and indifferently casts his seed; so Christ himself too makes no distinction between rich and poor, wise and unwise, slothful and diligent, brave and cowardly; but he discourses to all, fulfilling his allotted role even though he foreknows the end result. Thus it is to be in his power to say: “What ought I to have done, that I have not done?” (Is 5:4)…

But  he speaks this parable as though anointing his disciples and to teach them that, even though there are more lost ones than there are those who receive the word, yet they should not despair. For this was the case even with their Lord and he, who fully foreknew that this was how it would be, neverthless did not desist from sowing.

But how can it be reasonable, someone says, to sow among the thorns, on the rock, along the wayside? So far as the seeds and the earth are concerned it cannot be reasonable at all! But as regards people’s souls and their instruction, it is extremely praiseworthy. For a farmer could indeed be reasonably blamed for doing such a thing,  it being impossible for rock to become earth, or the wayside not to be a wayside, or thorns, thorns. But where rational beings are concerned it is not so. There is such a thing as rocky ground being changed and becoming rich land; and the wayside being no longer trampled on, nor lying open to all that pass by, but becoming a fertile field; and thorns being destroyed and the seed securely flourishing. For had it been impossible then this Sower would not have sown. And if the transformation did not take place in all, that is no fault of the Sower but of those who were unwilling to be changed, his task having been accomplished. And if they betrayed what they received from him then he, who demonstrates such love to them, is blameless.

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Wednesday of the Sixteenth week in Ordinary Time

26 July 2017

Saints of the day

Joachim and Anne,

parents of the Virgin Mary –

proper readings

 

Readings for the Feast in the Province of Québec

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to saint Matthew 13, 11.16-17

Jesus said to his disciples : “Knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven has been granted to you. Blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear. Amen, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”

 

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Wednesday of the Sixteenth week in Ordinary Time

26 July 2017

Saints of the day – Memorial

Sts. Joachim & Anne,

Parents of the Bl. Virgin Mary

SAINT JOACHIM and SAINT ANNE
Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Memorial

        These names are given to the mother and father of the Blessed Virgin by a tradition dating back to the second century.

 

By tradition Joachim and Anne are considered to be the names of the parents of Mary, the Mother of God. We have no historical evidence, however, of any elements of their lives, including their names. Any stories about Mary’s father and mother come to us through legend and tradition. We get the oldest story from a document called the Gospel of James, though this document is not a historical source, nor the Word of God. The legend told in this document says that after years of childlessness, an angel appeared to tell Anne and Joachim that they would have a child. Anne promised to dedicate this child to God (much the way that Samuel was dedicated by his mother Hannah — Anne — in 1 Kings).

As St. John Damascene wrote: “Joachim and Ann, how blessed a couple! All creation is indebted to you. For at your hands the Creator was offered a gift excelling all other gifts: a chaste mother, who alone was worthy of him.”

Whatever their names or the facts of their lives, the truth is that it was the parents of Mary who nurtured Mary, taught her, brought her up to be a worthy Mother of God. It was their teaching that led her to respond to God’s request with faith, “Let it be done to me as you will.” It was their example of parenting that Mary must have followed as she brought up her own son, Jesus. It was their faith that laid the foundation of courage and strength that allowed her to stand by the cross as her son was crucified and still believe.

Such parents can be examples and models for all parents.

Anne (or Ann) is the patron saint of Christian mothers and of women in labor.

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