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September 30, 2008

Readings for October 1, 2008

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Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, virgin and doctor of the Church

1st Reading Job 9:1-12, 14-16 (Douay-Rheims Challoner text)

And Job answered, and said: Indeed I know it so, and that man cannot be justified compared with God. If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him for a thousand. He is wise in the heart, and mighty in strength: who hath resisted him, and hath had peace? Who hath removed mountains, and they whom he overthrew in his wrath, knew it not. Who shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble. Who commandeth the sun and it riseth not: and shutteth up the stars as it were under a seal: Who alone spreadeth out the heavens, and walketh upon the waves of the sea. Who maketh Arcturus, and Orion, and Hyades, and the inner parts of the south. Who doth things great and incomprehensible, and wonderful of which there is no number. If he come to me, I shall not see him: if he depart I shall not understand. If he examine on a sudden, who shall answer him? or who can say: Why dost thou so? What am I then, that I should answer him,  and have words with him? I , who although I should have any just thing, would not answer, but would make supplication to my judge. And if he should hear me whin I call, I shold not believe that he had heard my voice.


Gospel According to St. Luke 9:57-62 (Ronald Knox Translation)

As they went on their journey, a man said to him, I will follow you wherever you are going. But Jesus told him. Foxes have holes, and the birds of the air their resting-places; the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head. To another he said, Follow me, and he answered. Lord, give me leave to go home and bury my father first. But Jesus said to him. Leave the dead to bury their dead; it is for you to go out and proclaim God’s kingdom. And there was yet another who said, Lord, I will follow you, but first let me take leave of my friends. To him Jesus said, No one who looks behind him, when he has once put his hand to the plough, is fitted for the kingdom of God.


Catechism of the Catholic Church 1021

The Particular Judgement

Death puts an end to human life as the time open to either accepting or rejecting the divine grace manifested in Christ. The New Testament speaks of judgment primarily in its aspect of final encounter with Christ in his second coming, but also repeatedly affirms that each will be rewarded immediately after death in accordance with his workds and faith. The parable of the poor man Lazarus and the words of Christ on th cross to  the good thief, as well  as other New Testament texts speak of a final destiny of the soul- a destiny which can be different for some and for others.

Notes for Job 9:1-12, 14-16 (Douay-Rheims Challoner text)

Chap. 9 Ver. 9 Arcturus &c. These are names of stars or constellations. In Hebrew, Ash, Cesil and Cimah


Notes for St. Luke 9:57-62 (Haydock Bible Commentary)

Ver. 57. Follow thee, &c. Although the Sovereign Lord of all is most munificent, yet he does not lavish his gifts on all without distinction, but bestows them on the worthy only. When, therefore, this man offered to follow Christ, he answers him by telling him, that all who follow him, must daily take up their cross, and renounce the conveniences of this life. Thus he mentions what was reprehensible in his person. There appears likewise great presumption in his conduct, as he did not petition to be admitted, as other Jews did, but seems to claim the honour of the apostleship; an honour which none must assume, but such as are called by God. (Hebrews v.) (St. Cyril in St. Thomas Aquinas)

Ver. 60. Bury their dead, &c. Though this was an act of religion, yet it was not permitted him; that we may learn to prefer always the concerns of God to all human considerations. (St. Ambrose) — However necessary this might appear, however easy, however short the time which it would take up, might be, it is not permitted him. Not the least delay can be allowed, although a thousand impediments stand in the way; for spiritual things must be preferred to things even the most necessary. (St. Chrysostom, hom. xxviii. on S. Matt.)

Ver. 62. Putting his hand to the plough. A proverb and metaphor, to signify that nothing must hinder a man from God’s service. (Witham) — Christ seems here to allude to the call of Eliseus by Elias. The former was at the plough, and the latter called him. Immediately Eliseus quits his plough, runs with Elias’s permission to bid adieu to his father and mother, sacrifices two of his oxen, roasts them with the wood of the plough, and joins the company of the prophets. Jesus Christ wishes that all who follow him, should in like manner think of nothing else. (Calmet)

September 29, 2008

Daily Readings for September 30, 2008

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Memorial of Saint Jerome, priest and doctor of the Church

1st Reading Job 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23 (Douay-Rheims Challoner text)

After this Job opened his mouth, and cursed his day, And he said, Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said: A man child is conceived Why did I not die in the womb, why did I not perish when I came out of the belly? Why received upon the knees? why suckled at the breast? For now I should have been  asleep and still, and should have rest in my sleep. With kings and consuls of the earth, who build themselves solitudes: Or with princes that possess gold and fill their houses with silver: Or as a hidden untimely birth I should not be, or as they that being conceived have not seen the light. There the wicked cease from tumult, and there the wearied in strength are at rest. Why is light given to him that is in misery, and life to them that are in bitterness of soul? That look for death and it cometh not, as they dig for a treasure: And they rejoice exceedingly when they have found the grave. To a man whose way is hidden, and God hath surrounded him with darkness?

Gospel According to St. Luke 9:51-56 (Ronald Knox translation)

And now the time was drawing near for his taking away from the earth, and he turned his eyes steadfastly towards the way that led to Jerusalem. And he sent messengers before him, who came into a Samaritan village, to make all in readiness. But the Samaritans refused to receive him, because his journey was in the direction of Jerusalem. When they found this, two of his disciples, James and John, asked him, Lord, would you have us bid fire come down from heaven, and consume them? But he turned and rebuked them. You do not understand, he said, what spirit it is you share. The Son of Man has come to save men’s lives, not to destroy them. And so they passed on to another village.

Catechism of the Catholic Church 1047

The visiable universe, then,  is itself destined to be transformed, “so that the world itself, restored in an original state, facing no further  obstacles , should be at the service  of the just,” sharing their glorification in the risen Jesus Christ.

Notes on Job 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23 (Douay-Rheims Challoner text)

Chap 3. Ver. 1 Cursed his day. Job cursed the day of his birth, not by way of wishing evil to anything of God’s creation; but only to express in a stronger manner his sense of human miseries in general, and of his own calamities in particular

Notes on St. Luke 9:51-56 (Haydock Bible Commentary)

Ver. 51. The days of his assumption, i.e. of his ascension into heaven. See the same Greek word in Mark xvi. 19. and Acts i. 11. — He steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem, or literally, he fixed[3] his countenance to go up to Jerusalem. — And (ver. 53.) because his face was of one going to Jerusalem. These expressions come from the style of the Hebrews. See 4 Kings xii. 17; Jeremias xlii. 15; Ezechiel iv. 3. The sense is, that the Samaritans perceived that he and his company were going up to adore in Jerusalem, at which they were displeased, having an antipathy against the Jews and their temple. (Witham) — It is not here said, as some interpreters have believed, that his journey to Jerusalem was the last of his life, in which he was crucified. It appears from the context, that there were still many months before the death of Christ, and that this journey was probably for the feast of Pentecost. But that year was the last of the life of Jesus Christ and he already knew the dispositions of the Jews, and what was to befall him shortly. These words, he set his face, are often used in Scripture for obstinacy and hardness in evil. (Proverbs vii. 13. 21. 29; Jeremias xlii. 15. &c.) But we may likewise take them to signify a strong resolution, and intrepid and inflexible firmness, to perform what you have resolved. Jesus Christ shewed by his air, by his conduct and discourse, that notwithstanding the malice of his enemies, he was determined to go to Jerusalem. (Calmet)

Ver. 52. Messengers, &c. St. Jerome believes that Christ sent true angels before him to announce his coming. The Greek word aggelos, generally signifies an angel; but it likewise means a messenger. Most interpreters believe he sent James and John, to prepare what was necessary for provisions and lodging. This precaution was necessary, as he was always followed by great crowds. The history, from verse 51 to the end of the chapter, is mentioned by none of the evangelists, except St. Luke. (Calmet)

Ver. 54. Wilt thou that we command fire, &c. In the Greek is added as Elias did. These words might be first in the margin, and thence by transcribers taken into the text. The two apostles, called the sons of thunder, knew their Master was greater than Elias; and therefore they are for calling for fire from heaven, as he had done. (Witham) — It was probably this trait in the life of James and John, which gained them the name of boanerges, the sons of thunder. Their too great zeal for the glory of Jesus Christ, and the spirit of revenge, of which they were not yet healed, caused them to make this petition; which seemed in some manner justified by the example of Elias, 4th book of Kings, chap. i. 10. Many editions have the addition of these words, as Elias did. (Calmet)

Ver. 55. You know not of what spirit you are, i.e. that my Spirit, which you ought to follow, is the Spirit of mercy, mildness, and patience. (Witham)

Ver. 56. But to save souls. It might be translated, to save men’s lives;[4] but is seems better here to stick to the letter, especially since in most Greek copies we read, the souls of men. (Witham)

[3] Ver. 51. Faciem suam firmavit, ut iret in Jerusalem, to prosopon autou esterixe tou poreuesthai. — Facies ejus erat euntis in Jerusalem, to prosopon autou en poreuomenon.

[4] Ver. 56. Animas in most Greek copies, psuchas anthropon.

September 28, 2008

Daily Readings for September 29, 2008

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Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, archangels

1st Reading Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 (Douay Rheims Challoner Text)

I beheld till thrones were placed, and the Ancient days sat: his garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like clean wool: his throne like flames of fire: the wheels of it like a burning fire. A swift stream of fire issued forth from before him: thousands of thousands ministered to him, and the ten thousand times a hundred thousand stood before him: the judgment sat, and the books were opened. I beheld therefore in vision of the night, and lo, one like the son of man came withe the clouds of heaven, and he came even to the Ancient of days: and they presented him before him. And he gave him power, and the glory and a kingdom: and all the peoples, tribes and tongues shall serve him: his power is an everlasting  power that shall not be taken away: and his kingdom that shall not be destroyed.

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Apocalypse 12:7-12 (Douay-Rheims Challoner text)

And there was a great battle in heaven, Michael and his angels fought with the dragon, and the dragon fought and his angels: And they prevailed not, neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, and the old serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, and who seduceth the whole world: and he was cast unto the earth, and his angels were thrown  down with him. And I heard a loud voice in heaven saying: Now is come salvation, and the strength, and the kingdom of our God and the power of Christ: because the accuser of our brethren is cast forth who accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame  him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of the testimony, and they loved not their lives unto death. Therfore rejoice, O  heavens,  and you that dwell therein. Woe to the earth, and to the sea, because the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, knowing that heath but a short time

Gospel According to St. John 1:47-51(Douay-Rheims Challoner text)

Jesus saw Nathaniel coming to him: and he saith of him: Behold the Israelite inded in whom there is no guile. Nathaniel saith to him: Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said to him: Before that Phillip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee: Nathaniel answered him, and said: Rabbi, thou art the Son of God, thou art the king of Israel. Jesus answered, and said to him: Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, thou believest: great things than these shalt thou see: And he saith to him: Amen, amen I say to you, you shall see the heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.

Catechism of the Catholic Church 165

It is then we must turn to the witnesses of faith: to Abraham, who “in hope… believed against hope”; to the Virgin Mary, who, in “her pilgrimage of faith,” walked into the “night of faith” in sharing the darkness of her son’s suffering and death; and to so many others: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by a so great a clud of witneses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perserverence  the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith”

Notes on Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 (Haydock Bible Commentary)

Ver. 8. Go you up to this festival day, which lasted eight days. — I go not with you, nor to be there at the first day, nor in that public manner as you desire. But when the feast was half over, about the fourth day, Jesus went thither in a private manner, yet so that when he arrived, he spoke publicly in the temple. (Witham)

Ver. 13. No one publicly took the part of Jesus, however favourable were their private sentiments; for the Jews hated and persecuted such as sided with him. (Bible de Vence)

Notes on Apocalypse 12:7-12 (Haydock Bible Commentary)

Ver. 10-12. Now is come salvation….rejoice, O ye heavens. The blessed in heaven rejoice for the victories of the faithful on earth, and also for the reward and glory which would shortly be given them in heaven. (Witham) — Woe to the earth, &c. Both Pastorini and Calmet refer this woe to the persecution of Dioclesian. The dragon, the devil, is more irritated than ever against the Christians; he therefore stimulates the pagans to exercise their utmost cruelty against them, knowing that a Christian emperor (Constantine) would in a short time extend the reign of Jesus Christ over the whole world.

Notes on St. John 1:47-51 (Haydock Bible Commentary)

Ver. 50. Greater things than these. Greater miracles and proofs that I am the Messias, and the true Son of God. (Witham)

Ver. 51. You shall see the heaven open, &c. It is not certain when this was to be fulfilled: St. Chrysostom thinks at Christ’s ascension; others refer it to the day of judgment. (Witham)

September 27, 2008

Daily Readings for September 28, 2008

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1st Reading Ezechiel 18:25-28 (Douay-Rheims Challoner text)

And you have said: The way of the Lord is not right. Hear ye, therefore, O house of Israel: It is my way that is not right and are not rather your ways perverse? For when that just turneth, and committeth iniquity, he shall die therein: in the justice that he hath wrought he shall die. And when the wicked turneth away himself from all his wickedness, which he hath wrought, and doeth judgment, and justice: he shall save his soul alive. Because he considereth and turneth away himself from all iniquities which he hath wrought, he shall surely live, and not die.

2nd Reading Phiippians 2:1-11(Douay-Rheims Challoner text)

If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of charity, if any society of the spirit, if any bowels of commiseration: Fulfill ye my joy,, that you be of one mind, having the same charity, being of one accord, agreeing in sentiment. Let nothing be done through contention, neither by vain glory: but in humility, let each esteem others better than themselves: Each one not considering the tings that are his own, but those that are other men’s. For let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men, and in habit found as a man. He humbled himself, becoming obedient unto death, even to the death of the cross. For which cause God also hath exalted him, and hath given him a name which is above all names: For in the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth: And that every tongue should confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is the in the glory of God the Father.

Gospel According to St. Matthew 21:28-32 (Ronald Knox Translation)

But tell me what you think; there was a man who had two sons, and when he went up to the first, and said, Away with you, my son, and work in my vineyard to-day, he answered; Not I, but he relented afterwards and went. Then he went up to the other, and said the like to him; and his answer was, I will, sir; but he did not go. Which of the two carried out his father’s will? The first, they said. And Jesus said to them, Believe me, the publicans and the harlots are further on the road to God’s kingdom than you. John came among you following all due observance, but could win no belief from you; the publicans believed him, and the harlots, but even when you saw that, you would not relent, and believe him.

Catechism of the Catholic Church 1696

The way of Christ “leads to life”; a contrary way “leads to destruction.” The Gospel parable of the to ways remains ever present in the catechesis of the Church; it shows the importance of moral decisions for our salvation: “There are two ways, the one of life, the other death; but between the two, there is great difference.”

Note on Ezechiel 18:25-28 (Haydock Bible Commentary)

Ver. 24. Remembered, to procure him pardon; yet he will suffer less than if he had never done any good. (Calmet)

Ver. 25. Not right, in thus punishing or rewarding for the last act; (Theodoret) or rather, God shews that those who complain are guilty.

Notes on Philippians 2:1-11 ( Douay-Rheims Challoner Text)

Chap 2. Ver. 7 Emptied himself, exinanivit amde himself as of no account.
Ver 12 With fear, &c. This is against. the false faith, and presumptuous security of modern sectaries.

Notes on Mathew 21:28-33(Haydock Bible Commentary)

Ver. 28. A certain man had two sons, &c. The ancient interpreters, by the first son generally understand the Gentiles, as also publicans and scandalous sinners; and by the second, the Jewish people. The Gentiles, &c. who at the first did not, would not worship and serve God; yet afterwards they, as also publicans, and many sinners, received the faith, and being converted, became faithful servants of God, and saints: the Jews, or the greatest part of them, who pretended to be God’s servants, and his people, rejected the gospel and their Messias; therefore this commination follows, the publicans, &c. shall go before you into the kingdom of God. (Witham) — By these two sons are to be understood, says St. Chrysostom, the Gentiles and the Jewish people; the latter our Redeemer wishes to make sensible of their own great ingratitude, and of the ready obedience of the cast-off Gentiles. For they having never heard the law, nor promised obedience have still shewn their submission by their works; whereas the Jews, after promising to obey the voice of God, had neglected the performance. (Hom. lxviii.)

September 26, 2008

Daily Readings for September 27, 2008

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1st Reading Ecclesiastes 11:9-12:8 (Douay-Rheims Challoner text)

If a man live many years and have rejoiced in them all, he must remember the darksome time, and the many days:which when they shall come, the things past shall be accused of vanity. Rejoice for therefore, O young man, in thy youth, and walk in the ways of thy heart, and in the sight of thy eyes: and know that for all these God will bring thee into judgement. Remove any anger from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh. For youth and pleasure are vain. Remember thy Creator in the days of thy youth, before the time of affliction come, and the years draw nigh of which thou shalt say: They please me not: Before the sun, and the light, and the moon, and the stars be darkened, and the clouds return after the rain: When the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall stagger, and the grinders shall be idle in a small number, and they that look through the holes shall be darkened: And they shall shut the doors in the street, when the grinder’s voice shall be low, and they shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of music shall grow deaf. And they shall fear high things, and they shall be afraid in the way,  the almond tree shall flourish, the locust shall be made fat, and the caper tree shall be destroyed: because man shall go into the house of his eternity, and the mourners shall go round about the street. Before the siver cord be broken, and the golen fillet shink back, and the pitcher be crushed at the fountain, and the wheel be broken upon the cistern, And the dust return into its earth, from whence it was, and the spirit returns to God, who gave it.

Gospel according to St. Luke 9:43-45 (Ronald Knox Translation)

But Jesus checked the unclean spirit, and cured the boy, and gave him back to his father; so that all were amazed at this great evidence of God’s power. And while men were yet wondering at all that Jesus did, he said to his disciples, Remember this well. The Son of Man is soon to be betrayed into the hands of men. But they could not understand what he said; it was hidden from them, so that they could not perceive the meaning of it; and they were afraid to ask him about this saying of his.

Catechism of the Catholic Church 1007

Death is the end of earthly life. Our lives are measured by time, in the course oof which we change, grow old and , as with all living beings on earth, death seems like the normal end of life. That aspect of the death lends urgency to our lives: remembering our mortality helps us realize that we have a limited time in which to bring our lives to fulfillment:

Remember  also your Creator in the days of your youth,… before the dust returns to the earth  as it was, and the spirit returns to God, who gave it.

Notes on Ecclesiastes 11:9-12:8 (Douay Rheims Challoner text)

Chap. 12 Ver. 2. Berfore the sun, &c. That is, before old age: the effects of which upon all the senses of faculities are described in the following verses, under a variety of figures

Notes on Luke 9:43-45 (Haydock BIble Commentary)

Ver. 45. They understood not this word. They understood well enough what was meant by being delivered into the hands of his enemies, and being put to death; but they could not comprehend how Jesus Christ, whom they knew to be the Messias, and the Son of God, and whom they believed to be immortal, and eternal, could suffer death, or affronts and outrages from men. These ideas seemed incompatible; they perceived in them some mystery, which they could not penetrate. (Calmet)

September 25, 2008

Readings for September 26, 2008

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1st Reading Ecclesiastes 3:1-11(Douay-Rheims Challoner text)

All things have their season and in their times pass under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted. A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to destroy, and time to build. A time to weep, and a time to laugh. A time to mourn, and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather. A time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces. A time to get, and a time to lose. A time to keep, and a time to cast away. A time to rend, and a time to sew. A time to silence and a time to speak. A time to love, and a time of hatred. A time of war, and a time of peace. What hath man more of his labour. I have seen the trouble, which God hath given the sons of men to be excericised in it.

Gospel According to St. Luke 9:18-22 (Ronald Knox Translation)

There was a time when he had gone apart to pray, and his disciples were with him; and he asked them. Who do the multitude say that I am? They answered, John the Baptist; others say Elias; others, that one of the old prophets has returned to life. Then he said to them. But who do you say that I am? And Peter answered. You are the Christ whom God has anointed. And he laid a strict charge upon them, bidding them tell no one of it; The Son of Man, he said, is to be much ill-used, and rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be put to death, and rise again on the third day.

Catechism of the Catholic Church 849

The origin and purpose of mission. The Lord’s missionary mandate is ultimately grounded in the eternal love of the Most Holy Trinity: “The Church on the earth is by her natures missionary since, according to the paln of the Father, she has as her origin the mission of the Son and the Holy Spirit.” The ultimate purpose of the mission is none other thant to make men share in the communion between the Father and the Son in the Spirit of love.

Notes on Ecclesiastes 3:1-11(Haydock Bible Commentary)

Ver. 1. Heaven, in this world, where alone things change. (St. Jerome) — Nothing is here perpetual, but to be used in a proper manner. (Worthington) — The heart must not be attached to any thing created. (Calmet) — Pleasure had been condemned and approved, chap. 2. He shews that all must have its time. (Menochius)

Ver. 5. Stones, with a sling, or to render a field useless, 4 Kings iii. 25., and Isaias v. 2. — Embraces. Countenance was sometimes prescribed for married people, Leviticus xx. 18., and 1 Corinthians vii. (St. Jerome) (St. Augustine, Enchiridion 78.) (Calmet) — Hatred often succeeds love, ver. 8., and 2 Kings xiii. 14. (Haydock)

Ver. 9. Labour? What advantage does he derive from any of these things? (Chap. i. 3.) (Calmet)

Ver. 11. Consideration. Literally, “dispute.” Hebrew and Septuagint, “heart.” (Haydock) — Pagnin, “He has implanted the desire of immortality in their hearts.” — End. If we could discover the properties of each thing, we should be in raptures; (Calmet) but as we cannot, this increases our vexation. (Menochius)

Notes on Luke 9:18-22 (Haydock Bible Commentary)

Ver. 18. As he was alone praying: i.e. remote from the people, though his disciples are said to have been with him. (Witham)

September 24, 2008

Daily Readings for September 25, 2008

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1st Reading Ecclesiastes 1:2-11 (Douay-Rheims Challoner text)

Vanity of vanities, said Ecclesiastes: vanity of vanities, and all is vanity: What hath a man more of all his labour, that he taketh under the sun? One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth standeth for ever. The sun riseth, and goeth down, and returneth to his place: and there rising againg. Maketh his round by the south, and turneth again to the north: the spirit goeth forward surveying all places round about, and returneth to his circuits. All the rivers run into the sea, yet the see doth not overflow: unto the place from whence the rivers come, they return, to flow again. All things are hard: man cannot explain them by word. They is not filled with seeing, neither is the ear filled with hearing. What is that hath been? the same thing that shall be done. Nothing under the sun is new, neither is any man able to say: Behold this is new: for it hath already gone before the ages that were before us. This no rememberence of former things: nor inded of those things which hereafter are to come, shall there be any rememberence with tehem that shall be in the latter end.

Gospel According to St. Luke 9:7-9(Ronald Knox Translation)

And Herod, who was prince in that quarter, heard of all his doings, and did not know what to think, some telling him that John had risen from the dead, and some that Elias had appeared, and some that one of the old prophets had returned to life. John, said Herod, I beheaded; who can this be, of whom I hear such reports? And he was eager to see him.

Catechism of the Catholic Church 998

Who will rise? All the dead will rise, “those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of judgement.”

Notes for Ecclesiastes 1:2-11(Haydock Bible Commentary)

Ver. 2. Vanities. Most vain and despicable, (Calmet) and frustrating the expectations of men. (Menochius) — St. Augustine reads vanitantium, and infers that this vanity of sublunary things is an effect of man’s sin. Yet he afterwards discovered that he had read incorrectly. (Retractions i. 7.)

Ver. 3. Labour. People fight for a mere point; for such is the earth compared with the universe. (Seneca, q. Nat.) Hoc est punctum, &c., Matthew xvi. 26.

Ver. 4. Ever. Its substance remains, though the form be changed. (Calmet) — At the end of time, it will be purified to continue for ever. (Worthington)

Ver. 5. Place daily. Its annual motion is then mentioned. (Calmet)

Ver. 6. Spirit. The sun, (St. Jerome) which is like the soul of the world, and which some have falsely asserted to be animated; or rather (Calmet) the wind is meant, as one rises in different parts of the world when another falls. (Pliny, [Natural History?] ii. 27.) (Menochius)

Ver. 7. Again. The sea furnishes vapours, &c. Homer (Iliad Greek: Ph.) expresses himself in the same manner.

Ver. 8. Hearing. In all sciences there are many difficulties. If a man had arrived at perfect knowledge, his researches would cease.

Ver. 10. New. Such vicissitudes have occurred before, though we must not infer that the world is eternal; or that there have been many others before this, as Origen would suppose. (Prin. iii. 5., &c.) (Calmet) — Men’s souls, which are created daily, are nevertheless of the same sort as Adam’s was; and creatures proceed from others of the same species, which have been from the beginning. (St. Thomas Aquinas p. 1. q. 73.) (Worthington) — Natural and moral things continue much the same. (Menochius)

Ver. 11. Things. Otherwise we should read of similar events to those which we behold. The same cause naturally produces the same effect.

Notes for Luke 9:7-9(Haydock Bible Commentary)

Ver. 8. Risen from the dead. Herod was perplexed and in suspense about the report, that it was John [the Baptist] that was risen from the dead. … From this it appears, that some of the Jews, and Herod himself, believed in some kind of metempsychosis, or transmigration of souls. Josephus says, (Antiquities lib. xviii, chap. 2.) that the Pharisees believed the soul to be immortal; and after death, to depart to some subterraneous places, where they received the recompense of good, or evil, according to their actions. There the souls of the wicked remain for ever, without the power of departing thence. The souls of the good sometimes returned, and entered other bodies. Herod probably thought that the soul of John the Baptist was united to that of Christ, in the same body, and was thence enabled to perform new and more extraordinary functions. Such were the reveries of some of the Rabbins; who, as St. Jerome remarks, abused the passages of the gospel we are now explaining, in support of this Pythagorean doctrine. Most of the Jews believed the true doctrine of the resurrection, viz. that of the body; which must one day be renewed to life by the same soul which now animates it: and this is the doctrine of faith and of the Church, which she teaches you from both the Old and New Testament, instead of that transmigration of souls, which has no foundation or appearance of truth. It is probable that this error was widely diffused among the Jews, in our Saviour’s time. It was a doctrine suited to the taste of the Orientals. Some think they can see traces of it in the history of Elias. That prophet being taken away, and the Jews seeing Eliseus perform the same miracles, said, that the spirit of Elias had rested on him. (Calmet)

September 23, 2008

Daily Readings for September 24, 2008

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1st Reading Proverbs 30:5-9 (Douay-Rheims Challoner text)

Every word of God is fire tried: he is a buckler to them that hope in him. Add not any thing to his words, lest thou be reproved, and found a liar: Two things I have asked of thee, deny them not to me before I die. Remove from me vanity, and lying words. Give meith neither beggary, not riches: give me only the necessaries of life: Lest perhaps being filled, I should be tempted to deny, and say: Who is the Lord? or being compelledby poverty, I should steal, and forswear the name of my God.

Gospel According to St. Luke 9:1-6 (Ronald Knox Translation)

And he called the twelve apostles to him, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases, sending them out to proclaim the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick. He told them, Take nothing with you to use on your journey, staff or wallet or bread or money; you are not to have more than one coat apiece. You are to lodge in the house you first enter, and not change your abode. And wherever they deny you a welcome, as you leave the city, shake off the dust from your feet, in witness against them. So they set out and passed through the villages, preaching the gospel and healing the sick wherever they went.

Catechism of the Catholic Church 105

God is the authorof Sacred Scripture. “The divinely revealed realities, what are contained and presented in the text of the Sacred Scripture, have been written down under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.”

“For the Holy Mother Church, relying on the faith of the apostolic age, accepts as sacred and canonical the books of the Old and New Testaments, whole and entire, with all their parts, on the grounds that, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, they have God as their author and have been handed on as much to the Church itself.”

* Note that today’s Gospel come from the Ronald Knox Translation of the Vulgate and not the Douay-Rheims Challoner version. Here are however notes to  1st reading from the Douay-Rheims Challoner text and Gospel from the Douay-Rheims Haydock Bible Commentary.”

Proverbs 30:5 Notes provided by Douay-Rheims Challoner

Ver. 5 Is fire tried.: that is, most pure, like gold purified by fire.

Luke 9:1-6 Notes provided by the Haydock Bible Commentary

Ver. 1. Over all devils; so that none should be able to resist them. For all were not equally easy to be expelled, as we shall see in this same chapter, in the person of a possessed child, whom the apostles could not heal, because they did not use prayer and fasting against it; and because their faith was not sufficiently strong and ardent. (Calmet)

Ver. 4. And depart[1] not from thence. In the ordinary Greek copies we find, and depart from thence. The sense appears, by the other evangelists, (Matthew x. 11. and Mark vi. 10.) that Christ gave this admonition to his disciples, not to change their lodging from house to house; but while they staid in a town, to remain in the same house. And though the negative be here omitted in the Greek, interpreters bring it to the same, by telling us that the sense is, stay here, and depart from thence; i.e. stay in that house, so that leaving the town, you may depart from the same house. (Witham)

September 22, 2008

Daily Readings for September 23, 2008

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Memorial of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, priest

1st Reading Proverbs 21:1-6, 10-13

As the divisions of the waters, so the heart of the king is in the hand of the Lord: whithersoever he will he shall turn it. Every way of a man seemeth right to himself: but the Lord weigheth the hearts. To do mercy and judgement, pleaseth the Lord more thatn victims. Haughtiness of the eyes is the enlarging of the heart: the lamp of the wiked is sin. The thoughts of the industriios always bring forth abundance: but every sluggard is always in want. He that gathereth treasures by a lying tongue, is vain and foolish and shall stumble upon the snares of death. The soul of the wicked desireth evil, he will not have pitty on his neighbour. When a pestilent man is punished, the little one will be wiser: and if he follow the wise, he will receive knowledge. The hust considereth seriously the house of the wicked, that he may withdraw the wicked from evil. He that stoppeth his ear against the cry of the poor, shall also cry himself and shall not be heard.

Gospel according to Luke 8:19-21 And his mother and brethtren came unto him; and they could not come at him for the crowd. And it was told him: Thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to see thee. Who answering, said to them: my mother and my brethren are they who hear the word of God, and do it.

Catechism of the Catholic Church 269

“He does whatever he pleases”

The Holy Scriptures repeatedly confess the universal power of God. He is called the “Mighty One of Jacob,” the “Lord of hosts,” the “strong and mighty” one. If God is almighty “in heaven and on earth,” it is because he made them. Nothing is impossible with God, who disposes his works according to his will. He is the Lord of the univers, whose order he established and which remains wholly subject to him and at his disposal. He is master of history, governing hearts and events in keeping his will: “It is always in your power to show great strength, and who can withstand the strength of your arm?”

Daily Readings for September 22, 2008

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1st Reading Proverbs 3:27-34

Do not withhold him froming good, who is able:if thoua ret able, do good thyself also. Say not to thy freind: go, and come again: and to marrow I will give to thee: when thou canst give at present. Practise not evil against thy freind when he hath confidence in thee. Strive not against a man without cause,  when he hath done thee no evil. Envy not the unjust man, and do not follow his ways: For every mocker is an abomination to the Lord, and his communications is with the simple. Want is from the Lord in the house of the wikcked: but the habitations of the just shall be blessed. He shall scorn the scorners, and the meek will give grace.

Gospel according to Luke 8:16-18

Now no man lighting a candle covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it upon a candlestick., that they have who in may see the light. For there is not any thing secret that shall not be made manifest, nore hidden, that shall not be known and come abroad. Take heed therefore how you hear. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given:  and whosoever hath not, that also which he thinketh he hath, shall be taken away from him.

Catechism of the Catholic Church 2011

The charity of Christ is the source in us of all our merits before God. Grace, by uniting us to Christ in active love, ensures the supernatural quality of our acts and consequently  their merit before God and before men. The saints have always had a lively awareness that their merits were pure grace.

After earth’s exile, I hope to go and enjoy you in the fatherland, but I do not want to lay up merits for heaven. I want to work for your love alone…In the evening of this life, I shall appear before you with empty hands, for I do not ask you , Lord to count my works. All our justice is blemished in your eyes. I wish then, to be clothed in your own justice and to receive from your love and eternal pocession of yourself

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