Daily Homily 2014-08-05

Matthew 15:1-2, 10-14

Then came to him from Jerusalem scribes and Pharisees, saying:

Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the ancients? For they wash not their hands when they eat bread.

10 And having called together the multitudes unto him, he said to them: Hear ye and understand.

11 Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man: but what cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.

12 Then came his disciples, and said to him: Dost thou know that the Pharisees, when they heard this word, were scandalized?

13 But he answering them, said: Every plant which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.

14 Let them alone: they are blind, and leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into the pit.


The Dedication of Saint Mary Major teaches us that Mary can truly be called the Mother of God because she gave birth to Jesus who is fully Man and fully God. 

From the Roman Martyrology:

  • Pope Sixtus III dedicated the basilica of Saint Mary in Rome on the Esquiline hill after the Council of Ephesus affirming that Mary was the Mother of God.

We pray then that through the intercession of Holy Mary our hearts would be converted and filled with the Grace of God.

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.






Pope Francis Praying at Saint Mary Major