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24 October 2020 Catholic Mass Daily Bible Reading. USCCB. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 13,1-9. Some people told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with …More
24 October 2020 Catholic Mass Daily Bible Reading.

USCCB. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 13,1-9.

Some people told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with the blood of their sacrifices.
He said to them in reply, "Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were greater sinners than all other Galileans?
By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did!
Or those eighteen people who were killed when the tower at Siloam fell on them --do you think they were more guilty than everyone else who lived in Jerusalem?
By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did!"
And he told them this parable: "There once was a person who had a fig tree planted in his orchard, and when he came in search of fruit on it but found none,
he said to the gardener, 'For three years now I have come in search of fruit on this fig tree but have found none. (So) cut it down. Why should it exhaust the soil?'
He said to him in reply, 'Sir, leave it for this year also, and I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize it;
it may bear fruit in the future. If not you can cut it down.'"


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Saint Claude la Colombière (1641-1682)
Jesuit
Christian reflections


Of right fear
The subject of our fear should not be the small number of the elect but the sins that hold us back from not being of this number. You won't at all be condemned because you have been reproved but because you have lived badly. (…) We should fear, always fear, but with the fear that produces wisdom not that which leads us to slacken and despair.
It is so difficult to hold people's spirits at an even temperament. Sometimes they do not fear enough, sometimes they fear at just the wrong moment. They go so far as to fear extravagantly that their misfortune comes from God, who is the source of all their good, who desires their salvation. Everything he has done has been unable to persuade them that he wishes nothing so much as to save them. Yet it is an article of faith that God wishes to save all of us and that we can all be saved if we want to.
We see the door of heaven, and if we do not see it God would be unreasonable to command us to enter it. In addition, we see very well what it is that enters through this door and what we have to do to enter. Whose responsibility is it, then, that we do not enter? God's or ours?
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Letter to the Ephesians 4,7-16.
Brothers and sisters: Grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ's gift.
Therefore, it says: "He ascended on high and took prisoners captive; he gave gifts to men."
What does "he ascended" mean except that he also descended into the lower (regions) of the earth?
The one who descended is also the one who ascended far above all the heavens, …
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Letter to the Ephesians 4,7-16.
Brothers and sisters: Grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ's gift.
Therefore, it says: "He ascended on high and took prisoners captive; he gave gifts to men."
What does "he ascended" mean except that he also descended into the lower (regions) of the earth?
The one who descended is also the one who ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.
And he gave some as apostles, others as prophets, others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers,
to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,
until we all attain to the unity of faith and knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the extent of the full stature of Christ,
so that we may no longer be infants, tossed by waves and swept along by every wind of teaching arising from human trickery, from their cunning in the interests of deceitful scheming.
Rather, living the truth in love, we should grow in every way into him who is the head, Christ,
from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, with the proper functioning of each part, brings about the body's growth and builds itself up in love.

Psalms 122(121),1-2.3-4a.4b-5.
I rejoiced because they said to me,
"We will go up to the house of the LORD."
And now we have set foot
within your gates, O Jerusalem.

Jerusalem, built as a city
with compact unity.
To it the tribes go up,
To it the tribes go up,

the tribes of the LORD.
In it are set up judgment seats,
seats for the house of David.