Federation of St. Scholastica 1922 - 2022: The same call and gift of the Spirit that came to Benedict of Nursia early in the 6th century came to the women who formed the Federation of Saint Scholastica early in the 20th century. This same call and gift of the Spirit comes to us today, inspiring and animating us to respond to the gospel with the good zeal of Benedict, with listening hearts, with clarity of spiritual vision, and with hearts impelled by love. In the years leading up to our centennial celebration in 2022, we intend to publicly celebrate the vision and dedication of Benedictine women over the past 100 years while at the same time supporting current works as well as new and wider efforts to bring the peace of Christ and the justice of the gospel to today’s turbulent world.
15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Glenna Smith, OSB, Benedictine Sisters of Virgina, Bristow, VA
Matthew 13:1-23 OR 13:1-9
In today’s Gospel we hear Jesus say, “Whoever has ears ought to hear.” He also says, “…many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it. Saint Benedict begins his Rule with the word “listen,” not just “listen” but “Listen…with the ear of your heart.” Is there any other way to hearken to the Word except with the ear of our hearts? Otherwise, can we grasp anything of Jesus’ message?