August 8, 2021
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Saint of the day
Saint Dominic (1170-1221)
Saint Dominic de Guzman was a Spanish theologian and the founder of the Order of Friars Preachers. At the age of 14 he went to the university to study theology and philosophy, and was ordained a priest as a young man. When a famine hit where he was studying, he sold his possessions and books to feed the poor. When traveling through Europe, Dominic was overwhelmed by the number of people who were listening to the Albigensian heresy (the denial of a revealed truth). The Albigensians taught that matter was evil and only God was good. Their teaching and lifestyle were popular with the common people, who were scandalized by the extravagant lifestyle of many priests and bishops of the time. Dominic knew Albigensian teaching was wrong because God revealed in the Scriptures that creation is good, and he wanted to win back people to the truth that God had revealed. Dominic formed an order of preachers, also known as Dominicans (they carry the initials OP after their name), who were devoted to penance, study, and preaching in order to win back those who were caught up in the Albigensian heresy. He knew that the clerical privileges often scandalized ordinary people, so he instructed those joining the order to live simple lives. He once told a bishop, "Heretics are more easily won over by examples of humility and virtue than by external display or a hail of words." Today thousands of men and women are in Dominican religious communities. Saint Dominic's feast day is August 8. (Taken from "The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth.")
Saint Dominic de Guzman sought to persuade the many individuals who had adopted heresy to return to the authentic Christian faith. Rather than influence the heretics by verbally attacking or arguing with them, Saint Dominic de Guzman made his life an argument, showing the heretics such virtue and humility that they were won over. His approach is a tribute to the lives we are called to live as Catholics.
Dear God, please ensure that my life is an example to all of your truth and goodness. Help my example teach others about the fruits of love and holiness.
Liturgical season information
Place in Year: Ordinary Time
Color of decorations and priest's vestments: Green
Reading I: 1 Kgs 19:4-8
Responsorial Psalm: Ps 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9
Reading II: Eph 4:30—5:2
Alleluia: Jn 6:51
Gospel: Jn 6:41-51View complete readings on USCCB.org