18th August 2019
Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Gospel of Luke 12:49-53
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘I have come to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were blazing already! There is a baptism I must still receive, and how great is my distress till it is over!
‘Do you suppose that I am here to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. For from now on a household of five will be divided: three against two and two against three; the father divided against the son, son against father, mother against daughter, daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law, daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.’
The Prince of Peace brings Division
Gospel meditation by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
The peace He came to bring us is not synonymous with the mere absence of conflicts. On the contrary, Jesus’ peace is the result of a constant battle against evil, not against human beings or human powers, but against Satan, the enemy of God and man. Anyone who desires to resist this enemy by remaining faithful to God and to good, must necessarily confront misunderstandings and sometimes real persecutions.
All, therefore, who intend to follow Jesus and to commit themselves without compromise to the truth, must know that they will encounter opposition and will become a sign of division between people, even in their own families. In fact, love for one’s parents is a holy commandment, but to be lived authentically it can never take precedence over love for God and love for Christ.
St Francis of Assisi’s famous words, Christians become “instruments of peace”; not of a peace that is inconsistent and only apparent but one that is real, pursued with courage and tenacity in the daily commitment to overcome evil with good (cf. Rom 12: 21) and paying in person the price that this entails.
Cf. Angelus, Sunday, 19 August 2007
Feasts this Week
Mon 19 St. John Eudes, missionary priest, founder (1601-1680, France)
Tue 20 St. Bernard, Abbot, Doctor (1090-1153, France)
Wed 21 St. Pius X, Pope (1835-1914, Italy)
Thu 22 Our Lady, Mother and Queen, Memorial
Fri 23 St. Rose of Lima, Virgin, 3rd Order Dominican (1586-1617, Peru)
Sat 24 St. Bartholomew, Apostle, Feast
(Psalter week IV)
Readings for Sunday 25th August (21st in Ordinary Time)
Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13.
The First Saint of the Americas
Saint Rose was born Isabel Flores in Lima, Peru in 1601. She took the name Rosa at her confirmation. From early childhood she was very pious and even penitential, it is said that as young as 6, she would wear a diadem with pins inside so as to poke her scalp, and even her bed seemed more like an instrument of torture than a place to rest. She was very charitable, especially towards the poor; she would help supporting her home with sowing and embroidery. She admired St. Catherine of Sienna, her biggest devotions were the Eucharist and the Blessed Mother with the Holy Child. She consecrated herself in virginity to God, against her parents’ will, since they wanted her to marry, and when she was 20 years old, she became a member of the third order with the Dominicans and at that time she redoubled her penances. ST. Rose of Lima died when she was 31 years old and was the first canonized saint of the American continent.
St. Rose, pray for us..
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