Friday of the 16th Week in Ordinary Time – July 24, 2020

Memorial for Saint Sharbel Makhlūf, Priest

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St. Sharbel was born in Lebanon in 1828, a devout son in a humble family. At the age of 23, he joined a Maronite monastic community of Our Lady of Mayfouk, but after transferred to the Monastery of St. Maron near Beirut. There, he took vows and began studying for the priesthood. After his ordination, he spent many years in his monastery living a very ascetical way of life. In 1875 he received permission to live as a hermit in a chapel overseen by the monastery. For 23 years, he lived there as a hermit. Paul VI canonized him in 1977 as a shining example of an Eastern Christian sanctity.

July 24 is the anniversary of the Carmelite Martyrs of Guadalajara, Blessed Maria Pilar, Teresa of the Child Jesus and Maria Angeles were shot on 24 July 1936 in Guadalajara, Spain.  They were the first of the thousands of martyrs of the Spanish Civil War to be recognised as martyrs by the Church.

Reading 1JER 3:14-17

Return, rebellious children, says the LORD,
for I am your Master;
I will take you, one from a city, two from a clan,
and bring you to Zion.
I will appoint over you shepherds after my own heart,
who will shepherd you wisely and prudently.
When you multiply and become fruitful in the land,
says the LORD,
They will in those days no longer say,
“The ark of the covenant of the LORD!”
They will no longer think of it, or remember it,
or miss it, or make another.

At that time they will call Jerusalem the LORD’s throne;
there all nations will be gathered together
to honor the name of the LORD at Jerusalem,
and they will walk no longer in their hardhearted wickedness.

Responsorial PsalmJER 31:10, 11-12ABCD, 13

R. (see 10d) The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.
Hear the word of the LORD, O nations,
proclaim it on distant isles, and say:
He who scattered Israel, now gathers them together,
he guards them as a shepherd his flock.
R. The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.
The LORD shall ransom Jacob,
he shall redeem him from the hand of his conqueror.
Shouting, they shall mount the heights of Zion,
they shall come streaming to the LORD’s blessings:
The grain, the wine, and the oil,
the sheep and the oxen.
R. The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.
Then the virgins shall make merry and dance,
and young men and old as well.
I will turn their mourning into joy,
I will console and gladden them after their sorrows.
R. The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.

AlleluiaSEE LK 8:15

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are they who have kept the word with a generous heart
and yield a harvest through perseverance.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMT 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.”