Monday 19 October 2020

About Today Readings

Ss John de Brebeuf, Isaac Jogues & Cc.; St Paul of the Cross

Ephesians 2:1-10. The Lord made us, we belong to him – Psalm 99(100). Luke 12:13-21.

Be rich toward God

Today the Church remembers John de Brebeuf, Isaac Jogues, and six other French Jesuit missionaries who were killed in America by Iroquois, Mohawk and Huron Indians in the 1640s after attempting their evangelisation. Today is also the feast of the Italian St Paul of the Cross, the founder of the Passionists, who died on 18 October 1775, the feast of St Luke, the evangelist. Today’s readings echo in the lives of these saints. Luke reminds us that ‘life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.’ Paul tells the Ephesians: ‘we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works.’ Luke’s final words invite us not to store up things for ourselves, but to be rich toward God. Unlike the farmer in this parable, the saints we honour today did not take life easy. Rarely would they have eaten, drunk and made merry.

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