Commentary: Wayback Machine.
'Tis also the festival of Saint Vladimir, Confessor (circa 956-1015, A.K.A. Grand Prince Vladimir I of Kiev, the Great): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.
Commentary: Grandson of St. Olga of Kiev (11 July).
Scripture of the Day
The Book of Genesis, chapter forty-nine, verses twenty-nine thru thirty-two & chapter fifty, verses fifteen thru twenty-six(a);
Psalm One Hundred Five, verses one & two, three & four, & six & seven;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter ten, verses twenty-four thru thirty-three.
Commentary: Gospel reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, Jesus instructs his disciples in today's Gospel, "Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both body and soul in Gehenna."Mass Readings—Memorial of St. Bonaventure
What is the greatest fear we have? Undoubtedly, the fear of losing our own lives; we fear the death of the body. But Jesus is telling us not to worry about those paper tigers that can only affect the body and its goods.
When I am in love with God, when I am "fearing" him above all things, I am rooted in a power that transcends space and time, a power that governs the universe in its entirety, a power that is greater than life and death.
More to it, this power knows me intimately and guides me according to his purposes: "Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father's knowledge. Even all the hairs of your head are counted. So do not be afraid." Because of this we have nothing to fear from anything or anybody here below.
The Letter to the Ephesians, chapter three, verses fourteen thru nineteen;
Psalm One Hundred Nineteen, verse twelve;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter twenty-three, verses eight thru twelve.