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September 29, 2008

Daily Readings for September 30, 2008

Filed under: Religion-Catholicism — tobinatorstark @ 5:35 pm

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.


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