Today’s July 31st Reading


The Collect for the Feast Day of Ignatius of Loyola according to the BCP, amended,:

Almighty God, from whom all good things come: You called Ignatius of Loyola to the service of your Divine Majesty and to find you in all things. Inspired by his example, strengthened by his companionship and prayers may we labor without counting the cost and seek no reward other than knowing that we do your will; through Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.

Today is also in the Coptic Kalendar the feast of Falling Asleep of St. Simeon the First and the Commemoration of the Martyrdom of St. Apanoub and in in the Russian Kalendar it is among others the Commemoration of the Martyrdom of several 20th century saints:Yuri, Benjamin the Bishop, and Sergius the monk in 1922. May all the Saints in Glory pray for and with us through Jesus Christ Our Lord Amen

Here follows the Gospel from the Roman Lectionary:

For those who find the notion of judgement hard to accept this Gospel is really hard. But is it so difficult to believe that those who have deliberately and willfully incited people to hate or harm or worship or embrace false gods of oppression and exploitation and wealth are the ones who have by their intentions and actions placed themselves outside of the Kingdom?

Jesus dismissed the crowds and went into the house.
His disciples approached him and said,
“Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”
He said in reply, “He who sows good seed is the Son of Man,
the field is the world, the good seed the children of the Kingdom.
The weeds are the children of the Evil One,
and the enemy who sows them is the Devil.
The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
Just as weeds are collected and burned up with fire,
so will it be at the end of the age.
The Son of Man will send his angels,
and they will collect out of his Kingdom
all who cause others to sin and all evildoers.
They will throw them into the fiery furnace,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.
Then the righteous will shine like the sun
in the Kingdom of their Father.

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