Saturday 19 September 2020

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St Januarius

1 Corinthians 15:35-37, 42-49. I will walk in the presence of God, with the light of the living – Psalm 55(56):10-14. Luke 8:4-15.

The parable of the sower

There would be excitement in Naples today. The blood of their patron martyr saint, St Januarius (or Gennaro), liquefies three times a year, and this day, his feast day, is one of those days. Januarius was martyred during the great persecution of the emperor Diocletian in 303. A vial of his dried blood is kept in the cathedral. It warms and flows to remind the Neapolitans of their closeness to heaven.

Both readings today remind us of this closeness. Luke’s parable of the scattered seed highlights the struggle of God’s word to find a home in the human heart. Paul’s reflection on the resurrected body speaks of our bodies buried like corruptible, weak seed, but rising glorious, powerful and spiritual. Luke’s parable suggests a God who is extravagantly generous with the gift of seed.

A touch of God’s word in our hearts now is a promise of unbelievable life to come.

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