Monday 7 August 2023

About Today Readings

St Sixtus II & Cc; St Cajetan

Numbers 11:4-15. Sing with joy to God our help – Psalm 80(81):12-17. Matthew 14:22-36.

The work of the Holy Spirit is never done

There is grumbling in the readings today, grumbling against Moses for the boring manna in the desert, and we suspect the grumbling of the disciples when the people of Gennesaret stop them from being alone with the Lord after the storm. We still grumble. In these days of high interest rates and mortgage pressure we note that St Cajetan, whose feast is today, is the patron of bankers. He dedicated his life in the early 16th century to helping the sick and the poor. He founded a bank to help the poor when other banks were charging such high interest. It became the Banco di Napoli. Would that bankers today took note. Still, the work of the Holy Spirit is never done, probing the hearts and souls of disciples in every age, including us, soothing our grumbling and inspiring us to care for the poor and the sick.

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