2015-08-30 Homily of Fr. Eduard Perrone for the 14th Sunday after Pentecost

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This homily was delivered by Fr. Perrone at the 9:30 a.m. EF Mass for the 14th Sunday after Pentecost.  Use the embedded player in this post, or hear it on SoundCloud if you have the free app on your mobile device.

EPISTLE ¤ Galatians 5. 16-24
Lesson from the Epistle of Blessed Paul the Apostle to the Galatians.

[Let us walk in the spirit and we shall not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. The flesh makes us commit all kind of sins.]

Brethren, Walk in the spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lusts of the flesh: for the flesh lusteth against the spirit, and the spirit against the flesh; for these are contrary one to another: so that you do not the things that you would. But if you are led by the spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest; which are fornication, uncleanness, immodesty, luxury, idolatry, witchcrafts, enmities, contentions, emulations, wraths, quarrels, dissensions, sects, envies, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like; of which I foretell you, as I have foretold to you, that they who do such things, shall not obtain the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the spirit is charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, longanimity, mildness, faith, modesty, continency, chastity. Against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s, have crucified their flesh with the vices and concupiscences.

GOSPEL ¤ Matthew 6. 24-33
† Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Matthew.

[“You cannot serve God and mammon.” “Therefore be not solicitous for your life . . . nor for your body . . . For your father knoweth that you have need of all these things. Seek ye therefore first the Kingdom of God and His justice.”]

At that time Jesus said to His disciples: No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will sustain the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and mammon. Therefore I say to you, be not solicitous for your life, what you shall eat, nor for your body, what you shall put on. Is not the life more than the meat, and the body more than the raiment? Behold the birds of the air; for they neither sow nor do they reap, nor gather into barns, and your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are you not of much more value than they? And which of you, by taking thought, can add to his stature one cubit? And for raiment why are you solicitous? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they labor not, neither do they spin; but I say to you, that not even Solomon in all his glory was arrayed as one of these. Now if God so clothe the grass of the field, which is today, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, how much more you, O ye of little faith! Be not solicitous therefore saying: What shall we eat, or what shall we drink, or wherewith shall we be clothed? for after all there things do the heathen seek. For your Father knoweth that you have need of all these things. Seek ye therefore first the kingdom of God, and His justice; and all these things shall be added unto you.

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