The Parish of St. Augustine

As a man of 32 years, Augustine of Hippo was the despair of his mother Monica. His life to that point had been full of trouble, of searching and half-hearted praying that God save him---but not too soon, O Lord. As he wept, tormented by his lack of faith, in the garden of a house in Milan far away from his hometown near Carthage, he heard a child's singsong voice, repeating "Tolle, lege, tolle, lege..." ("Take and read, take and read..."). He again picked up the epistles of St. Paul and saw this: "... put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the desires of the flesh." (Romans, chapter 13:13-14)

He felt as if the words were directed to him: "It was as though my heart was filled with a light of confidence and all the shadows of my doubt were swept away." Now ready to open his heart to God's will, he was baptized by St. Ambrose at Easter the following year, 387, along with his son Adeodatus and his friend Alypius. (St. Augustine's Confessions, VIII, 12)

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time + + + August 28, 2016

Gospel                               Luke 14: 1, 7-14

On a sabbath Jesus went to dine
at the home of one of the leading Pharisees,
and the people there were observing him carefully.

He told a parable to those who had been invited,
noticing how they were choosing the places of honor at the table.
“When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet,
do not recline at table in the place of honor. 
A more distinguished guest than you may have been invited by him,
and the host who invited both of you may approach you and say,
‘Give your place to this man,’
and then you would proceed with embarrassment
to take the lowest place. 
Rather, when you are invited,
go and take the lowest place
so that when the host comes to you he may say,
‘My friend, move up to a higher position.’
Then you will enjoy the esteem of your companions at the table. 
For every one who exalts himself will be humbled,
but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” 
Then he said to the host who invited him,
“When you hold a lunch or a dinner,
do not invite your friends or your brothers
or your relatives or your wealthy neighbors,
in case they may invite you back and you have repayment.
Rather, when you hold a banquet,
invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind;
blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you.
For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”