Dn 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56
Glory and praise for ever!
16TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
Psalter: Week 4 / (Green/White)
St. Bridget of Sweden, religious
1st Reading: Ex 19:1-2, 9-11, 16-20b
Exactly two months after the Israelites had left Egypt, they arrived at the wilderness of Sinai. They arrived there coming from Rephidim and camped in the wilderness of Sinai.
Yahweh spoke to Moses, “I am going to come to you in a dense cloud so that the people may hear me speaking with you and trust you always.” Then Moses related to Yahweh what the people had said.
Again Yahweh spoke to Moses, “Go to the people and have them sanctified today and tomorrow; let them wash their garments and be ready for the third day. For on the third day Yahweh will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people.
On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning and a dense cloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast was heard. All the people in the camp trembled. Moses then made the people leave the camp to meet God and stand at the foot of the mountain.
Mount Sinai was completely covered in smoke because Yahweh had come down in fire, and the smoke rose as from a furnace. The whole mountain shook violently, while the blast of the trumpet became louder and louder. Moses spoke and God replied in thunder.
When Yahweh had come down to the summit of Mount Sinai, God called Moses who went to the summit.
Gospel: Mt 13:10-17
Then his disciples came to him and said, “Why do you speak to them in parables?”
Jesus answered, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but not to these people. For the one who has will be given more; and he will have in abundance. But the one who does not have will be deprived of even what he has. That is why I speak to them in parables; because they look and do not see; they hear; but they do not listen or understand.
“In them, the words of the prophet Isaiah are ful?lled: However much you hear, you do not understand; however much you see, you do not perceive.
“For the heart of this people has grown dull. Their ears hardly hear and their eyes dare not see. If they were to see with their eyes, hear with their ears and understand with their heart, they would turn back, and I would heal them.
But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear.
“For I tell you, many prophets and righteous people have longed to see the things you see, but they did not see them; and to hear the things you hear, but they did not hear them.”
Yesterday we were considering the evil of male chauvinism. Maybe today’s celebration of St. Bridget of Sweden can help open our eyes to that phenomenon. For even churchmen can be blind in reference to male chauvinism.
Item. There are five times more male saints in the liturgical calendar than female saints. Why?
Item. Female saints are usually described as “virgin” or “martyr” (or both), or “doctor” (3 cases). Never are they described as “wives” or “mothers.” Why not? Does the apostle Paul say that woman “will be saved through motherhood” (1 Tim 2:15)?
Item. Today’s saint raised eight children (four sons and four daughters). But this fact is apparently irrelevant to her having become a saint, unlike virginity or martyrdom. How is that?
Item. Not a single couple has ever been canonized as a couple in the course of history. (Ann and Joachim, Mary’s parents, were never officially canonized). Only recently have two couples (the Italian couple Quattrocchi in 2001, and the French couple Martin, the parents of St. Therese in 2008) been beatified. When will Catholic couples be given credible models with whom they can fully identify and after whom they can shape their married life?
At a time in history when the family is so threatened, let us request from our pastors that they provide us with family saints.
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