The Introit is a call to prayer, yes, but a call to prayer followed by Catholic Action. It bespeaks “the voice of joy,” yes, but also counsels “clap your hands,” which in ancient times signified not only to praise a person by the tongue but to work for him with the hands. Since if all the tree’s life goes into the wagging tongues of waving leaves, how can there be any fruit? Deeds, not mere words, are acceptable to God and are the best kind of example to neighbour.
“The fruit” of sin is shame and death (Epistle), while the fruit of sanctity is life everlasting. “By their fruits” shall you know false teachers of false Christians (Gospel).
Not so much what one “says” about the Lord, but he who “does” His Will, brings forth good fruit. The Holy Eucharist is t h e “ health giving ” (Postcommunion) fruit of Calvary, to counteract the poison laden “Dead Sea” fruit of the world.
The 12th July is Feast of St. John Gualbert Abbot of the tenth century who forgave the murderer of his brother, became a monk, and founded in Tuscany a new order using the Rule of St. Benedict. Although the 1962 Missal does not commemorate feasts on Sunday, perhaps we would do well to pray to St. John for the ability to forgive those who hate us.
Low Mass for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost will take place at 12:30pm at St Francis of Assisi Church, Llay Chain, Llay.