Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Saints + Scripture

'Tis the Memorial of Saint Pius X, Pope (1835-1914, the "Pope of the Blessed Sacrament;" A.K.A. Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto), two hundred fifty-seventh (CCLVII) Bishop of Rome, previously Bishop of Mantua & Patriarch of Venice: Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, Saint-link trēs, & Wikipedia-link; Pontiffs-link & Wikipedia-link Pontiff; & Wikipedia-link Mantua & Wikipedia-link Venice.

Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
[St.] Pius X is known for vigorously opposing modernist interpretations of Catholic doctrine, promoting liturgical reforms & orthodox theology.
Minute Meditations from the Popes:
Lord Jesus, increase my love for the Church & the Eucharist after the example of pope St. Pius X. May it lead me to the sanctity we see in him.
'Tis also the festival of Our Lady of Knock (apparition 21 August 1879): Madonna-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Abraham of Smolensk, Priest & Abbot (circa 1172-1222): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Victoire Rasoamanarivo (1848-1894): Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Brunon Zembol, Religious & Martyr, O.F.M. (1905-1942, A.K.A. Jan Zembol), martyred in the reign of the Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, one of the One Hundred Eight Blessed Polish Martyrs: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link (List, № 1); Martyrs-link Polska & Wikipedia-link Polska.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Wednesday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time
The Book of Judges, chapter nine, verses six thru fifteen;
Psalm Twenty-one, verses two & three, four & five, & six & seven;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter twenty, verses one thru sixteen.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in today’s Gospel, we hear of a landowner who goes out to hire workers for his field, hiring some the first thing in the morning and then others at different times during the day. Then he pays each the same wage. Why should those who have worked only an hour be paid the same as those who have slaved in the hot sun all day? Is the landowner really being unfair?

Perhaps he saw something that the first workers didn’t see. Perhaps he saw, in his compassion, that their day spent waiting for work to feed their families was a terrible one, marked by anxiety and a sense of failure. Or perhaps he knew that they were poorer, more desperate, less gifted. Maybe he knew they needed a bit more encouragement.

Here’s a second perspective on this mysterious story. We sinners are very susceptible to a reward-centered understanding of our relationship to God. Tit for tat; I do this, then you better do that. But this is very juvenile.

We’ve been invited to work in the vineyard of the Lord. That is the greatest privilege imaginable, to participate in the Lord’s work of saving the world. Why are we fussing about rewards? And how liberating this is! I don’t have to spend my life fussing and spying and worrying and comparing. I can live.
Video reflection by Jem Sullivan, Ph.D.: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Mass Readings—Memorial of St. Pius X
The First Letter to the Thessalonians, chapter two, verses two(b) thru eight;
Psalm Eighty-nine, verses two & three, four & five, twenty-one & twenty-two, & twenty-five & twenty-seven;
The Gospel according to John, chapter twenty-one, verses fifteen, sixteen, & seventeen.

Scripture Study—Historical Books
The Book of Judges, chapter eight, verses twenty-two thru thirty-five;
The Book of Judges, chapter nine (verses one thru fifty-seven).

Commentary: Gideon's Ephod Becomes a Snare (Judges, 8:22-28); the Death of Gideon (8:29-35); Abimelech Tries to Establish a Monarchy (9:1-6); Jotham's Parable of the Trees, Vine, & Bramble (9:7-21); & the Downfall of Abimelech (9:22-57).

Scripture Study—Day 91: Progeny Point, Day 24
The Book of Genesis, chapter thirty-nine, verses nineteen thru twenty-three.

Commentary: Joseph & Potiphar's Wife (concluded; Genesis, 39:19-23).

Papal Quote o' the Day
"Pius X knew no other road than the Eucharist by which he cold arrive at heroism in his love of God. He knew no other road by which he could return to the Redeemer of the world, Who by means of the Eucharist poured out the wealth of His Divine love on humans."
—Pope Ven. Pius XII (1876-1958)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"I was born poor, I lived poor, & I wish to die poor."
—Pope St. Pius X (1835-1914, feast day: 21 August)

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