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Seventh Sunday after Pentecost – Sunday, July 16

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Divine life shows itself in acts. St. Augustine, explaining the Introit, says that “hands and tongue must agree together, the one glorifying God and the other acting accordingly”. The Gospel declares that it is not those who say: “Lord, Lord” who will enter the kingdom of heaven, but those who do the will of the Father. A tree is judged by its fruit. If good species give “grapes and figs”, there are also “thorns and thistles” on which none are gathered. Therefore, “they shall be cut down and thrown into the fire” (Gospel). What fruit, adds the Apostle, have you gathered from sin, except shame and eternal death? whilst “by serving God, you produce fruits of holiness and win eternal life” (Epistle).

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