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15th Sunday of O.T. (A):
THE NECESSITY OF HAVING THE PROPER DISPOSITIONS TO RECEIVE GOD AND HIS WORD.
Summary vid + full text.
- Summary of ideas of today’s readings
- The necessity of having the proper dispositions so that God’s grace would bear fruit in us.
- To accept Christ, hear His Word is not enough. It is necessary to put it into practice no matter the difficulties it may entail.
1. Summary of ideas of today’s readings
In the first reading (Is 55:10-11) rain is compared to the word that comes from the mouth of God which waters the earth making it fertile and causing the seed to germinate. God will fulfill his plan and bring it to its fruition through His Word, Our Jesus Christ.
In the Gospel which recounts the Parable of the sower (Mt 13: 1-23), God’s Word is compared to the seed which is sown by…
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The Saints and the Holy Name:
All the Saints had an immense love for and
trust in the Name of Jesus. They saw in this
Name as in a clear vision all the love of Our Lord,
all His Power, all the beautiful things He said
and did when on Earth.
They did all their wonderful works in the Name
of Jesus. They worked miracles, cast out devils,
cured the sick and gave comfort to everyone using
and recommending to all the habit of invoking
the Holy Name. St. Peter and the Apostles converted
the World with this all-powerful Name.
The Prince of the Apostles began his glorious
career preaching the love of Jesus to the Jews in
the streets, in the Temple, in their synagogues.
His first striking miracle occurred when he was
going into the Temple with St. John. A lame man,
well known to the Jews who frequented the Temple
stretched out his hand expecting to receive an alms.
St. Peter said to him: “Gold and silver I have not
but what I have I willingly give thee. In the
Name of Jesus get up and walk”. .
And instantly the lame man bounded to his
feet and danced for joy.
The Jews were astonished but the great Apostle
said to them: “Why your wonder and surprise
as if we made this man sound by our
own power. No, it is by the power of Jesus that
this man walks”.
Innumerable times since the days of the Apostle
has the Name of Jesus been glorified.
We will quote a few of these countless examples
which show us how the Saints derived all their
strength and consolation from the Name of Jesus.
St. Paul was in a very special way the preacher
and doctor of the Holy Name. At first he was a
fierce persecutor of the Church, moved by a false
zeal and hatred for Christ. Our Lord appeared
to him on the road to Damascus and converted
him, making him the great Apostle of the Gentiles
and giving him his glorious mission which was to
preach and make known His Holy Name to Princes
and Kings, to Jews and Gentiles, to all nations
St. Paul filled with a burning love for Our Lord
began his great mission uprooting paganism,
casting down the false idols, confounding the
Philosophers of Greece and Rome, fearing no enemies
and conquering all difficulties, all, all in the
Name of Jesus.
St. Thomas of Aquinas says of him: “St Paul bore
the Name of Jesus on his forehead because he
gloried in proclaiming it to all men, he bore it on
his lips because he loved to invoke it, on his hands
for he loved to write it in his epistles, in his feet
because he carried it every where, in his heart for
his heart burned with love of it. He tells us
himself: “I live, yet not I but Christ liveth
Thought for the Day – 16 July
The Carmelites were known from early on as “Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.” The title suggests that they saw Mary not only as “mother” but also as “sister.” he word sister is a reminder that Mary is very close to us. She is the daughter of God and, therefore, can help us be authentic daughters and sons of God. She also can help us grow in appreciation of being sisters and brothers to one another. She leads us to a new realisation that all human beings belong to the family of God. When such a conviction grows, there is hope that the human race can find its way to peace. (Fr. Don Miller, OFM)
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Pray for us!
Quote/s of the Day – 16 July
In Hebrew Carmel means “garden” and expresses
not only the richness of the natural verdure which covers the mountain like a multicolored tapestry but also the grace and excellence of the many saints who flourished and flowered on its mystical summit…
Tall, majestic, strong and spacious, this Palestinian promontory,
rising out of the edge of the blue Mediterranean, was the site of many Biblical events.
It was the place of seclusion for early Christian monks who lived and prayed in its caves.
It was also the scene of battle and bloodshed for marauding armies:
-Saracens, Turks, and even Napoleon’s French troops-
who climbed its heights and left their destructive mark.
Both mountain and symbol, it stands as an enduring and tangible
testimony that the spirit of the great realities enacted there
will never be lost.
It was to St. Simon Stock, in a moment of ardent petition
for the preservation of the Order, that “the most glorious Mother of God appeared…
holding in her blessed hand the Scapular of Carmel and assured him of her predilection for those who would wear it piously.
In her appearance to Friar Stock, Mary entrusted him
with the Brown Scapular.
“Those who die devotedly clothed with this scapular
shall be preserved from eternal fire.”
“The brown scapular is a badge of salvation.
The brown scapular is a shield in time of danger.
The brown scapular is a pledge of peace
and special protection, until the end of time.”
“Wear the Scapular devoutly and perseveringly.
It is my garment.
To be clothed in it means you are continually
thinking of me, and I in turn,
am always thinking of you
and helping you to secure eternal life.”
Our Lady to St Simon Stock
One Minute Reflection – 16 July
I was (the Lord’s) delight day by day………….Proverbs 8:30
REFLECTION – “So pleasing to God was Mary’s humility that He was constrained by His goodness to entrust to her the Word, His only Son.
And it was that dearest Mother who gave Him to us.”……………St Catherine of Siena
PRAYER – Almighty Lord and God, let the gracious intercession of our Lady of Mount Carmel help us. Under her protection, may we come to the mountain of God, Christ the Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen
15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Optional Memorial)
Blessed Virgin of the Graces
Our Lady of Ziteil
Bl André de Soveral
St Andrew the Hermit
St Antiochus of Sebaste
Bl Arnold of Clairvaux
Bl Arnold of Hildesheim
St Athenogenes of Sebaste
Bl Bartolomeu Fernandez dei Martiri Fernandes
Benedict the Hermit
Bl Claude Beguignot
Bl Domingos Carvalho
St Domnio of Bergamo
Bl Dorothée-Madeleine-Julie de Justamond
St Elvira of Ohren
St Eugenius of Noli
St Faustus of Rome and Milan
St Fulrad of Saint Denis
St Generosus of Poitou
St Gobbán Beg
St Gondolf of Saintes
St Grimoald of Saintes
St Helier of Jersey
Bl John Sugar
St Landericus of Séez
Bl Madeleine-Françoise de Justamond
Bl Marguerite-Rose de Gordon
Bl Marguerite-Thérèse Charensol
Bl Marie-Anne Béguin-Royal
Bl Marie-Anne Doux
St Marie Madeline Postel
Bl Marie-Rose Laye
Bl Milon of Thérouanne
Bl Nicolas Savouret
Bl Ornandus of Vicogne
St Paulus Lang Fu
St Reinildis of Saintes
Bl Robert Grissold
Bl Simão da Costa
St Sisenando of Cordoba
St Tenenan of Léon
St Teresia Zhang Heshi
St Valentine of Trier
St Vitalian of Capua
St Vitaliano of Osimo
St Yangzhi Lang
Martyrs of Antioch – 5 saints: Five Christians who were martyred together. No details about them have survived by the names – Dionysius, Eustasius, Maximus, Theodosius and Theodulus. They were martyred in
Antioch, Syria, date unknown.