24th Sunday after Pentecost (5th remaining after Epiphany)
In the gospels for the preceding Sundays, the divinity of Jesus was manifested in His miracles: today it is affirmed by His doctrine, at which the Jews of Nazareth "wondered."
In Jesus' kingdom here on earth there are both good and bad subjects, wheat and tares, and it is only when our Lord comes to judge men, that He will separate the one from the other for all eternity.
Famíliam tuam, quaesumus, Dómine, contínua pietáte custódi: ut, quae in sola spe grátiae coeléstis innítitur, tua semper protectióne muniátur.
In Thine infinite goodness, we beseech Thee, O Lord, to watch over Thy household, that even as it relies solely upon the hope of Thy heavenly grace, so it may ever be defended by Thy protection.