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    First Reading

    Exodus 20:1-17...
    28/07/2017

    God spoke all these words. He said, ‘I am Yahweh your God who brought you out of Egypt, where you lived as slaves. You shall have no other gods to rival me. You shall not make yourself a carved image or any likeness of anything in heaven above or on earth beneath or in the waters under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them. For I, Yahweh your God, am a jealous God and I punish a parent’s fault in the children, the grandchildren, and the great-grandchildren among those who hate me; but I act with faithful love towards thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments. You shall not misuse the name of Yahweh your God, for Yahweh will not leave unpunished anyone who misuses his name. Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy. For six days you shall labour and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath for Yahweh your God. You shall do no work that day, neither you nor your son nor your daughter nor your servants, men or women, nor your animals nor the alien living with you. For in six days Yahweh made the heavens, earth and sea and all that these contain, but on the seventh day he rested; that is why Yahweh has blessed the Sabbath day and made it sacred. Honour your father and your mother so that you may live long in the land that Yahweh your God is giving you. You shall not kill. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not give false evidence against your neighbour. You shall not set your heart on your neighbour’s house. You shall not set your heart on your neighbour’s spouse, or servant, man or woman, or ox, or donkey, or any of your neighbour’s possessions.’


    Gospel

    Matthew 13:18-23...
    28/07/2017

    Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Pay attention to the parable of the sower. When anyone hears the word of the kingdom without understanding, the Evil One comes and carries off what was sown in his heart: this is the seed sown on the edge of the path. The seed sown on patches of rock is someone who hears the word and welcomes it at once with joy. But such a person has no root deep down and does not last; should some trial come, or some persecution on account of the word, at once he falls away. The seed sown in thorns is someone who hears the word, but the worry of the world and the lure of riches choke the word and so it produces nothing. And the seed sown in rich soil is someone who hears the word and understands it; this is the one who yields a harvest and produces now a hundredfold, now sixty, now thirty.’


  • Daily Reflections

    Reflection

    16th Week in Ordinary Time...
    28/07/2017

    Matthew specifies that the word that is sown is the word of the kingdom. While in Mark collective nouns are used focussing on a group of people, Matthew emphasises individual responsibility by changing the nouns to the singular. Despite these changes, Matthew essentially adopts the interpretation of the Parable as in Mk 4:13-20 where it is understood as the Church’s reflection on its bearing witness to the Gospel that Christ inaugurated. Christianity is both an individual and communitarian religion. Each sacrament has both the individual and communitarian dimensions. This means that while on the one hand we are each responsible for the other, we are also responsible for ourselves and need to make our commitment individually.


  • Saint of the Day

    Saint Alphonsa of the Immaculate Conception

    As a child, Alphonsa, baptized Anna, was so fascinated by the life of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux that she set herself the twin-objective of becoming a “nun” and a “saint” through prayer and penance. Resolved never to marry, Anna planned to disfigure herself by putting her foot into a big fire so as to foil the marriage plans an aunt who had brought her up since the untimely death of her mother had for her. But she accidentally slipped and fell right into the fire! Her recovery from the resultant burns was followed by due assent from her aunt to fulfil her dream! Anna joined the Clarist Convent in Bharananganam as a postulant in 1928, taking the name Alphonsa, received the habit in the year 1930, entered the “novitiate” in 1935, and took her vows in 1936. Illness and misunderstandings dogging her life and formation, her virtues of steadfastness, concern and patience stood her in good stead. When her superiors suggested that she should pray for permanent relief from her ailments, she answered: “I am ready to suffer not only this but anything. ….. Let the Lord do with me as he wills, trampling over, wounding or piercing me, a humble sacrificial offering for the sake of … priests and religious who are growing less fervent in their spiritual life.” Alphonsa died just three weeks before her 36th birthday [1946] and was canonized in 2008. Reflection: “By your most cruel death give me lively faith, a firm hope and perfect charity, so that I may love you with all my heart and all my soul and all my strength.” (Saint Clare)

Agenda Paolina

 28/07/2017

* PD: 1932 arrivo in Francia.

 28/07/2017

† SSP: Ch. Bede Dillon (1952) - Fr. Mario Andrea Peressutti (2006) - Fr. Matteo Filippetto (2013) - Fr. Richard Brunner (2014) - D. Osamu Tomura (2016) • PD: Sr. M. Nohemy Gómez (2007) • IGS: D. Licio Guidi (1993).

Thoughts

 28/07/2017 The pen is required for the press; so also for preparing the script for the cinema and for radio and television broadcasting (Pr 5, p. 41).

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