Monday of 5th Week of OT A--Memorial of Saint Scholastica, virgin

Comtemplating Life or the Life of Service?

Identical twin or fraternal twin? Do they think the same things and have the same passion? They said that identical twins are the result of a single fertilized egg splits into two parts after conception, resulting in the development of two individual embryos. Because the two embryos are the result of a single egg/sperm combination, they have the same genetic origins and thus the same DNA. Identical twins have almost identical brain wave patterns that they can share very similar physical characteristics; for instant, if one twin’s tooth doesn’t grow in, his or her identical twin will most likely miss the tooth as well. Since identical twins are often of the same sex, either two boys or two girls, because they form from a single zygote (fertilized egg) that contains either male (XY) or (XX) sex chromosomes. Fraternal twins can be either two girls, two boys, or one of each since they are the product of two separate eggs are fertilized by two separate sperm and implant in the womb at the same time.

Today, the Church remembers Saint Scholastica, twin sister with Saint Benedict, consecrated her life to God from her earliest youth. Both Saint Scholastica and Saint Benedict are highly possible fraternal twins that they share only 50% of DNA. In this share of 50% of DNA, a striking fact is that after her brother went to Monte Cassino, where he established his famous monastery, she took up her abode in the neighborhood at Plombariola, where she founded and governed a monastery of nuns, about five miles from that of Saint Benedict, who, it appears, also directed his sister and her nuns. In this share of 50% of DNA, they are buried in the same grave since Scholastica requests her brother to be buried with him. “Death did not separate the bodies of the two,” said Saint Gregory the Great, “whose minds had ever been united in the Lord.” Either in their contemplative minds focusing on God or in their life of service focusing on service in their monasteries, they are identical in God’s mind.

Just as Martha and Mary, reported in today’s Gospel, one is busy doing service to the Lord, and the other is busy contemplating listening to the Lord that they are all in the Lord’s mind at the same time, Saint Benedict and Saint Scholastica are in God’s mind. Just as Saint Benedict and Saint Scholastica are in God’s mind from their contemplating life and service, are we in God’s mind that either we live a contemplated life or the life of the service? Or rather, what have we contemplated in our Christian life? Money? Power? Material possessions? Drug addiction? Sex addiction? Gambling addiction? Etc. What does it mean the life of service for you and me if it’s not to help one another, specifically to bring peace to our loved ones, to say kind words to one another, to do good deeds to one another, and many more? Decision is yours.


Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen

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