READING OF THE DAY: 22 AUGUST, 2013

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“Jesus again in reply spoke to the chief priests and the elders of the people in parables saying,

“The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son.

He dispatched his servants to summon the invited guests to the feast, but they refused to come.

A second time he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those invited: “Behold, I have prepared my banquet, my calves and fattened cattle are killed, and everything is ready; come to the feast.”‘

Some ignored the invitation and went away, one to his farm, another to his business.

The rest laid hold of his servants, mistreated them, and killed them.

The king was enraged and sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city.

Then he said to his servants, ‘The feast is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy to come.

Go out, therefore, into the main roads and invite to the feast whomever you find.’

The servants went out into the streets and gathered all they found, bad and good alike, and the hall was filled with guests.

But when the king came in to meet the guests he saw a man there not dressed in a wedding garment.

He said to him, ‘My friend, how is it that you came in here without a wedding garment?’

But he was reduced to silence.

Then the king said to his attendants, ‘Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.’

Many are invited, but few are chosen.” -Matthew 22:1-14.

SAINT OF THE DAY: 22 AUGUST, 2013

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Saint Symphorian
Martyr
(† 180)

About the year 180 a great procession in honor of the Roman goddess Ceres was organized at Autun in southern France.

Among the crowd was one who refused to pay the ordinary marks of worship.

That non-conformist was therefore dragged before the magistrate and accused of sacrilege and sedition.

When asked his name and condition, he replied, My name is Symphorian; I am a Christian. He was the son of a noble Christian family, still young and so innocent that he was thought to converse with the holy Angels.

The Christians of Autun were few in number and little known, and the judge could not believe that the youth was serious in his purpose.

He caused the laws enforcing pagan worship to be read, expecting a ready compliance.

The young man replied that it was the law of the King of kings that he must obey. Give me a hammer, he said, and I will break your idol in pieces.

He was scourged and thrown into a dungeon.

Some days later this son of light came forth from the darkness of his prison, haggard and worn, but full of joy.

He despised the riches and honors offered to him as he had despised torments.

He died by the sword, and went to the court of his heavenly King.

The mother of Saint Symphorian stood on the city walls and saw her son taken out to die.

She knew the honors he had refused and the dishonor of his death, but she esteemed the approval of Christ better than all the riches of the earth, and she cried out to him, My son, my son, keep the living God in your heart; look up to Him who reigns in heaven!

Thus she shared in the glory of his passion, and her name lives with his in the records of the Church.

Many miracles spread the glory of Saint Symphorian, and of Christ, the King of all Saints.