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23 July 2017

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Wisdom 12:13, 16-19
Psalm 85:5-6, 9-10, 15-16
Romans 8:26-27
The Gospel of Matthew   13:24-30

Jesus put another parable before the crowds:
‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. While everybody was asleep his enemy came, sowed darnel all among the wheat, and made off. When the new wheat sprouted and ripened, the darnel appeared as well. The owner’s servants went to him and said, “Sir, was it not good seed that you sowed in your field? If so, where does the darnel come from?” “Some enemy has done this” he answered. And the servants said, “Do you want us to go and weed it out?” But he said, “No, because when you weed out the darnel you might pull up the wheat with it. Let them both grow till the harvest; and at harvest time I shall say to the reapers: First collect the darnel and tie it in bundles to be burnt, then gather the wheat into my barn.”’

The Seed of Error

In the foregoing parable the Lord spoke to such as do not receive the word of God; here of those who receive a corrupting seed. This is the contrivance of the Devil, ever to mix error with truth. He then points out the manner of the Devil’s snares, saying, “While men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares in the midst of the wheat, and departed.” He here shews that error arose after truth, as indeed the course of events testifies; for the false prophets came after the Prophets, the false apostles after the Apostles, and Antichrist after Christ. For unless the Devil sees somewhat to imitate, and some to lay in wait against, he does not attempt anything. Therefore because he saw that this man bears fruit an hundred, this sixty, and this thirtyfold, and that he was not able to carry off or to choke that which had taken root, he turns to other insidious practices, mixing up his own seed, which is a counterfeit of the true, and thereby imposes upon such as are prone to be deceived. So the parable speaks, not of another seed, but of tares which bear a great likeness to wheat corn. Further, the malignity of the Devil is shewn in this, that he sowed when all else was completed, that he might do the greater hurt to the farmer’s purpose.
St. John Chrysostom, Catena Aurea

Saints of the week
Mon 24 Saint Charbel Makhlouf, Priest  
Tue 25 Saint James, Apostle Feast 
Wed 26 Saint Joachim and Saint Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary 
Sat 29 Saints Mary, Martha and Lazarus, friends of the Lord (in our diocese).

Psalter Week IV

Next Sunday’s Readings
1 Kings 3:5, 7-12
Psalm 118:57, 72, 76-77, 127-130
Romans 8:28-30
Matthew 13:44-52

St. Charbel Makhlouf,
Maronite Catholic priest, monk, and hermit (24 July)

Youssef Antoun Makhlouf was born to a humble Lebanese family in 1828. From an early age he showed signs of piety and preferred solitude. When he was 23 he made a pilgrimage to the monastery where he stayed and took the name “Charbel,” after an early martyr. At 25, he professed his monastic vows and was later ordained to the priesthood. His superiors noticed God’s gifts in him as miraculous events began to take place earning him the nickname of “wonder-worker,” even among the Muslims. When he was 47, he was granted permission to live as a solitary monk in a nearby hermitage dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul where he lived in rigorous asceticism and a profound union with God, deeply devoted to God’s Eucharistic presence. He suffered a stroke and died shortly after on Christmas Eve 1898 and his tomb soon became a pilgrimage site. His body is incorrupt and numberless miracles have taken place through St. Charbel’s intercession all over the world, particularly in Latin America, where the Maronite Saint enjoys widespread devotion. Pope Paul VI canonized him in 1977 and previously, at his beatification, the same pope had said that St. Charbel was “a new, eminent member of monastic sanctity,” who “through his example and his intercession is enriching the entire Christian people.” He was canonized by the same Pope in 1977. St. Charbel, pray for us.

Weekly News

St. Michael’s Hospice Shop will be closed next week and will ONLY be opened on Wednesday 26 July and Sunday 30 July. Normal Schedule resumes on Monday 31 July. The Parish Office will remain opened.

CARITAS PAPHOS currently needs:

  • Nοn-perishable food to support approximately 40 households a week in the Paphos area.
  • Computer whiz to manage crowdfunding appeals.
  • Teachers for basic Greek.
  • Transportation of students (lifts).

Prayers and donations always help. Contact Wendy Burdon 99 040294.

Archangel Michael Hospice: Volunteers needed in the areas of reception, nursing assistants and cafeteria. Contact Mona (99 494 140).

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