Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Gospel Commentary, by Msgr. João Scognamiglio Clá Dias, EP
First Reading – Is 66:10-14c
Thus says the LORD: Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad because of her, all you who love her; exult, exult with her, all you who were mourning over her! Oh, that you may suck fully of the milk of her comfort, that you may nurse with delight at her abundant breasts! For thus says the LORD: Lo, I will spread prosperity over Jerusalem like a river, and the wealth of the nations like an overflowing torrent. As nurslings, you shall be carried in her arms, and fondled in her lap; as a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; in Jerusalem you shall find your comfort. When you see this, your heart shall rejoice and your bodies flourish like the grass; the LORD’s power shall be known to his servants.
Responsorial Psalm – Ps 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7, 16, 20 (R.1)
R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
Shout joyfully to God, all the earth,
sing praise to the glory of his name;
proclaim his glorious praise.
Say to God, “How tremendous are your deeds!” R.
“Let all on earth worship and sing praise to you,
sing praise to your name!”
Come and see the works of God,
his tremendous deeds among the children of Adam. R.
He has changed the sea into dry land;
through the river they passed on foot;
therefore let us rejoice in him.
He rules by his might forever. R.
Hear now, all you who fear God, while I declare
what he has done for me.
Blessed be God who refused me not
my prayer or his kindness! R.
Second Reading – Gal 6:14-18
Brothers and sisters: May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither does circumcision mean anything, nor does uncircumcision, but only a new creation. Peace and mercy be to all who follow this rule and to the Israel of God. From now on, let no one make troubles for me; for I bear the marks of Jesus on my body. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters. Amen.
Gospel – Lk 10:1-12, 17-20 or Lk 10:1-9
At that time the Lord appointed seventy-two others whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit. He said to them, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest. Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves. Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals; and greet no one along the way. Into whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this household.’ If a peaceful person lives there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you. Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you, for the laborer deserves his payment. Do not move about from one house to another. Whatever town you enter and they welcome you, eat what is set before you, cure the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God is at hand for you.’ [Whatever town you enter and they do not receive you, go out into the streets and say, ‘The dust of your town that clings to our feet, even that we shake off against you.’ Yet know this: the kingdom of God is at hand. I tell you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom on that day than for that town.” The seventy-two returned rejoicing, and said, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name.” Jesus said, “I have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky. Behold, I have given you the power to ‘tread upon serpents’ and scorpions and upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”]
St. Thomas, Apostle. Feast omitted today, due to falling on a Sunday. He did not believe the disciples who announced to him the Resurrection of Jesus, but when Our Lord showed to him His wounds and let him touch them, St. Thomas exclaimed: “My Lord and my God!”, thus repairing his unbelief with this categorical declaration of Christ’s divinity. He evangelized in India, where his commemoration is normally a liturgical solemnity.
St. Germanus of the Isle of Man, bishop (c. 474). He was a nephew of Saint Patrick, by whom he was ordained, and became a missionary monk who laboured to spread the Gospel beyond the bounds of Ireland to Wales and Brittany, and was eventually sent to the Isle of Man as bishop.
St. Leo II, Pope (†683). Well versed in Greek and Latin, a friend of poverty and the poor, he confirmed the decrees of the Third Council of Constantinople and affirmed Papal supremacy in face of repeated attempts by the Patriarchs of Constantinople to establish independence from Rome.
St. Heliodorus, bishop (†fourth-fifth century). Disciple of St. Valerianus of Aquileia, he participated in the Council of Aquileia in 381, against the Arian heresy.
St. Anatolius, bishop (†458). Patriarch of Constantinople, defender of the dogma of the divine and human natures in Christ during the Council of Chalcedon.
St. Philip Phan Van Minh, priest and martyr (†1853). He gave himself up to death fearing for the safety of the family that sheltered him during persecution. He was beheaded in Cochinchina, in present-day Vietnam, by order of King Tu Ðuc.
St. Joseph Nguyên Ðình Uyên, martyr (†1838). Lay Dominican tertiary and catechist who was imprisoned and barbarously tortured in Hung Yên, Vietnam, for refusing to trample on a cross.
St. Raymond Gayrard, layman (†1118). Upon becoming a widower, he dedicated himself to works of charity, founded a hospital and was admitted as a canon of St. Sernin Church in Toulouse, France
Blessed Mary Ann Mogás Fontcuberta, virgin (†1886). Founded the Congregation of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Mother of the Divine Shepherd in Fuencarral, Spain.