Friday, 10 August 2018 -
Saint Lawrence, deacon and martyr - Feast
Readings of day

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 12:24-26.

Jesus said to his disciples: “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit.
Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life.
Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be. The Father will honor whoever serves me."
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Saint Augustine
"Where I am, there also will my servant be"

Dear brothers, your faith recognizes this seed fallen into the earth that death has multiplied. Your faith recognizes it because it dwells in your hearts. No christian hesitates to believe what Christ said of himself. But when this seed died and multiplied, many seeds were scattered on the earth. Saint Laurence is one of them, and today we celebrate the day when he was sown. We see what a tremendous harvest has sprung up from all those seeds scattered over all the earth and the sight fills us with joy, provided only that we ourselves belong to God's grain store, by his grace. For not everything that is harvested goes into the grain store. The same necessary and fruitful rain causes both good seed and straw to grow but we don't store both of them in the barn. Now is the time for us to choose...Listen to me, you holy seed, for I have no doubt that it is here in abundance... Listen to me or, rather, listen to him in me who was first called a good seed. Do not love your life in this world. If you truly love yourselves do not thus love your life, and then you will save your life... “Whoever loves his life in this world will lose it.” It is the good seed who said that: the seed thrown into the ground who died that he might bear much fruit. Listen to him because as he speaks so has he done. He both teaches us and shows us the way by example. Christ wasn't attached to the life of this world. He came into the world to be stripped of himself, to give his life and take it up again when he willed...He, the true man, is true God, a sinless man that he might take away the sin of the world, clothed with power so great that he could truly say: “I have power to lay down my life and power to take it up again. No one can take it from me; it is I who lay it down and I who take it up again” (Jn 10,18).

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