Happy Feast Day!

Greetings on this the Feast of Saint Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr
Readings: 2 COR 9:6-10; PS 112:1-2, 5-6, 7-8, 9; JN 12:24-26
Notes: My Fellow Deacons – Happy Feast Day!!
A wonderful life summary provided by Franciscan Media:

Reflection by Franciscans

Once again we have a saint about whom almost nothing is known, yet one who has received extraordinary honor in the Church since the fourth century. Almost nothing—yet the greatest fact of his life is certain: He died for Christ. We who are hungry for details about the lives of the saints are again reminded that their holiness was after all, a total response to Christ, expressed perfectly by a death like this.

Be a seed of faith for your world.

First reading
Brothers and sisters:
Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion,
for God loves a cheerful giver.

(P.S. I am not always a cheerful giver. Gotta work on that.)

Responsorial Psalm
Blessed the man who is gracious and lends to those in need.

An evil report he shall not fear;
his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD.
His heart is steadfast; he shall not fear
till he looks down upon his foes.

Alleluia Verse
Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life, says the Lord.

Gospel Portion
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat;
but if it dies, it produces much fruit.
Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world
will preserve it for eternal life.
Whoever serves me must follow me,
and where I am, there also will my servant be. The Father will honor whoever serves me.”

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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