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27 October 2020 Catholic Mass Daily Bible Reading. USCCB. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 13,18-21. Jesus said, “What is the Kingdom of God like? To what can I compare it? It is …More
27 October 2020 Catholic Mass Daily Bible Reading.

USCCB. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 13,18-21.

Jesus said, “What is the Kingdom of God like? To what can I compare it?
It is like a mustard seed that a person took and planted in the garden. When it was fully grown, it became a large bush and 'the birds of the sky dwelt in its branches.'"
Again he said, "To what shall I compare the kingdom of God?
It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch of dough was leavened."


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Blessed Charles de Foucauld (1858-1916)
hermit and missionary in the Sahara
§ 190, Psalm 95 (Meditations on the Psalms, pub. New City press, 2002)


Every soul can become the first in the Kingdom
How good you are, O my God, to call all nations to salvation. (…) And not just all the nations in general through your apostles and their successors, but each person individually and at every moment through the unceasing action of your grace! And not just to salvation and to heaven but to the "first place" in heaven, for you are always "knocking at the door of each soul" by your grace, and it depends on every soul, by accepting a grace at whatever moment, in staying faithful to it, to receive immediately afterwards an even greater grace and thus to see grace grow, increasing in it moment by moment, and soon taking on immense developments if it is faithful in constantly receiving it.
Let us remain faithful to grace with constancy, from no matter which point of our life, and in a short while it will become in us like the mustard seed, a tree in which the birds of heaven come to rest which, through the communion of saints, by the application of their merits, the power of their prayers and examples, will bring great glory to God, not only through himself but while helping towards the sanctification of many others! Oh! my God! what a destiny you make of us for all! Every soul may become a sun, a great tree, "the first in the kingdom of God"; every soul can receive torrents of grace. You unendingly offer all this to each of us: for this it is enough to be constantly faithful to grace from no matter which moment of our life. Oh may the present moment be that blessed instant for me!
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Letter to the Ephesians 5,21-33.
Brothers and sisters: be subordinate to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Wives should be subordinate to their husbands as to the Lord.
For the husband is head of his wife just as Christ is head of the church, he himself the savior of the body.
As the church is subordinate to Christ, so wives should be subordinate to their husbands in everything.
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Letter to the Ephesians 5,21-33.
Brothers and sisters: be subordinate to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Wives should be subordinate to their husbands as to the Lord.
For the husband is head of his wife just as Christ is head of the church, he himself the savior of the body.
As the church is subordinate to Christ, so wives should be subordinate to their husbands in everything.
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the church and handed himself over for her
to sanctify her, cleansing her by the bath of water with the word,
that he might present to himself the church in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.
So (also) husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
For no one hates his own flesh but rather nourishes and cherishes it, even as Christ does the church,
because we are members of his body.
"For this reason a man shall leave (his) father and (his) mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh."
This is a great mystery, but I speak in reference to Christ and the church.
In any case, each one of you should love his wife as himself, and the wife should respect her husband.

Psalms 128(127),1-2.3.4-5.
Blessed are you who fear the LORD,
who walk in his ways!
For you shall eat the fruit of your handiwork;
blessed shall you be, and favored.

Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine
in the recesses of your home;
Your children like olive plants
around your table.

Behold, thus is the man blessed
who fears the LORD.
The LORD bless you from Zion:
may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
all the days of your life.