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Saint John Damascene,

Pray for us.

Matthew 9:35-10: 1, 5, 6-8

I recall a point of etiquette which says that it is impolite to give away a gift that someone else has given you.  The re-giving of a gift implies that you really didn’t care for it in the first place.  It’s sort of a thanks-but-no-thanks kind of gesture. But when we move from the realm of the social to the spiritual, then it becomes necessary to reverse our way of thinking. Here the exact opposite holds true.  Jesus tells his disciples as he sends them on their first missionary journey: “The gift you have received, give as a gift.” 

Saint Francis Xavier,

Pray for us.

Matthew 9:27-31

Saint John Chrysostom wrote, “If you open yourself to your heart, you open yourself to the kingdom of God.” The kingdom where Jesus dwells, the “home” he came to bring into his world, is the place where we can catch up with him, where we can be healed from our blindness.

Matthew 7:21, 24-27

How good a listener am I? When meeting someone for the first time and they introduce themselves, do you remember their name? How well do we listen when someone is speaking? How well do we listen to the Scripture readings at Mass? Are we deliberately attentive to the Word of God?

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