The Patience of God

Greetings on this the Saturday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time
Readings: EPH 4:7-16; PS 122:1-2, 3-4AB, 4CD-5; LK 13:1-9
Notes: We continue to approach World Mission Sunday and with that in mind let us take a moment to review.

Monday – Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr – (a listener of the Apostle John) His letters to this day encourage us to be in unity of Spirit and orderly in faith that people may come to know Christ.

Tuesday – Feast of Saint Luke, evangelist – We honor ‘The Evangelist’ who, a gentile, came to know Christ through the Apostle Peter and Paul, and John Mark.

Wednesday – Saints John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, Priests, and Companions, Martyrs – Churchmen following their evangelization calling to spread the gospel even to the point of their own lives and not at the expense of the lives of others.

Thursday – Jesus desires to set the world afire with the Father’s love!

For our purposes that is enough to show the World Mission is deeply embedded in the love-work of the Church.

Friday – Judge yourself for yourself. You are the master and steward of your own person. Your conscience is yours alone to examine. But who can help me know the right path (Reconciliation)?

Saturday, today, also, The Patience of God. Three plus one or said another way, until the Second Coming we shall evangelize the Good News.

First reading
Diversity of Gifts.

Grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

For building up the Body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of faith and knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood to the extent of the full stature of Christ.

Living the truth in love, we should grow in every way into him who is the head, Christ, from whom the whole Body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, with the proper functioning of each part

Brings about the Body’s growth and builds itself up in love.

Responsorial Psalm
Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.

Alleluia Verse
I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked man, says the Lord, but rather in his conversion that he may live.

Gospel Portion
And he told them this parable:

“There once was a person who had a fig tree planted in his orchard, and when he came in search of fruit on it but found none, he said to the gardener, ‘For three years now I have come in search of fruit on this fig tree but have found none. So cut it down. Why should it exhaust the soil?’ He said to him in reply, ‘Sir, leave it for this year also, and I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize it; it may bear fruit in the future. If not you can cut it down.’”

We shall work continuously to cultivate the ground, fertilize and water each fig tree with the hope they will bear fruit. Wherever you are, whomever you are, God has deemed you worthy of his love and compassion.

Three years plus one. Which is four. In Jewish theology: the Four question, the Four sons, the Four Matriarchs, the Four cardinal points and the Four cups of wine.

  • Every question
  • Every male
  • Every female
  • Everywhere
  • Every liturgy

For you, as long as you live.
For the Church, until the Second Coming.

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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