Saturday, July 24, 2021 UTC

JULY 11: 7TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST & COMMEMORATION OF BENEDICTINES, OUR VENERABLE FATHER BENEDICT

01-anonymous-christ-heals-the-two-blind-men-on-the-road-to-jericho-duomo-di-monreale-monreale-sicily-it JULY 11: CONFESSION – 08:30 AM, DIVINE LITURGY – 09:00 AM (LIVE-STREAMED); DIVINE LITURGY – 11:00 AM.

PROPERS: SundayAfterPentecost07DivineLiturgy

Parishes live-streaming in the Diocese can be found here: https://www.eparchyofpassaic.com/livestream

In today’s Gospel Reading, Matthew 9:27-35, Two Blind Men are Healed. Today’s Gospel reading speaks of truths that are of great importance to our everyday lives. It speaks of the love of God for us and our love for God as well as that God never leaves us without His merciful assistance. Two blind men, cry out: “Have mercy on us, Jesus!” They are very persistent. They know and believe in the power of the Lord Jesus Christ without any doubt whatsoever. They plead: “Heal us!” The Lord asks them: “Do you believe in Me? Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They reply: “Yes, Lord, of course we believe!” Then He touches their eyes and they are opened – the blind men recover their sight. We all resemble these two blind men not only in our spiritual blindness, but our bodily ailments, which torment us as did theirs. We ask the Lord to stop our suffering and for the return of our health and the joy of life, which we have somehow lost. But we do not always resemble the blind men in their faith in the Lord and in His power. Let us believe Him and be faithful, as the two blind men believed Him.

On this day, we commemorate St. Benedict.  St. Benedict, also called Saint Benedict of Nursia, is the founder of the Benedictine monastery at Monte Cassino and was the father of Western monasticism.  He established the norm for monastic living throughout Europe. Pope Paul VI proclaimed him the patron saint of all Europe in 1964. St. Benedict wrote the Rule for monasteries. which was and is still used in many monasteries and convents around the world. He was viewed as a monastic leader, not a scholar. The Rule was the sole example of Benedict’s writing, but it reflects the best of the monastic tradition and was passed on to the European West.