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St. Mary of Egypt

In last Sunday’s Gospel (Mark 9:17-31), the disciples were disappointed because they could not cast out a demon from a young man, but Christ did. His disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” The Lord responds, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.

The Service of Love and the Love of Service
When reading the lives of the saints, it is easy to discern their love for Christ. This passion for the risen Lord led them to participate in his ministry, through acts of service, rooted in kindness. Any service to the church, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, from reading the epistle, to singing, to serving, to even vacuuming the church or lighting candles, is a active ministry, full of grace, only if it is carried out in love, sacrifice, devotion, and steadfastness.

This is the life of the saint; this is a life which is well pleasing to God. Let each one of us emulate this life.

Fr Marc Vranes
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