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FRIDAY OF THE SIXTEENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME JULY 23, 2021 MEMORIAL ST BRIDGET


(1303-1373)


A reading of the holy Gospel according to Mt 13:18-23


Jesus said to his disciples: “Hear the parable of the sower. The seed sown on the path is the one who hears the word of the Kingdom without understanding it, and the Evil One comes and steals away what was sown in his heart. The seed sown on rocky ground is the one who hears the word and receives it at once with joy. But he has no root and lasts only for a time. When some tribulation or persecution comes because of the word, he immediately falls away. The seed sown among thorns is the one who hears the word, but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word and it bears no fruit. But the seed sown on rich soil is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.”


REFLECTION

But the seed sown on rich soil is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.”


God saw creation and said it was very good. He made us to be temples of the Holy Spirit.


But since the Garden of Eden when sin entered, we have been struggling with the world; it’s temptations, allurements and defilement of our bodies.


Our attachments are not our final end but in reading both the Old and New Testament, it appears that we still need help.

God gave us the Ten Commandments but we have conveniently set them aside. We do whatever we want with our bodies-abort our babies; take drugs; mutilate them; and counter the order and care ordained by God. We have lost our dignity.


We have deliberately turned ourselves into selfish, uncontrollable human beings turning away from the good seed and allowing His words, His death to become imbedded in thorns and rocks.


The Saint for today is St Bridget who listened to God. She was able to bear fruit for the Kingdom of God. She had visions of Our Lady and the crucified Christ. She knew about temperance, sacrifice and caring for others. Her family was wealthy. After becoming a widow she founded the Brigittine monastery for men and women.


They chose an austere, joyful and detached life. She sought to correct Church abuses and was known as the “pioneer reformer”. She led a life of penitence but was active in reforming the Church and bringing souls to God.


”The world would have peace if only men of politics will follow the Gospel.”

(St Bridget)



God Bless You.









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