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September 30, 2008

Readings for October 1, 2008

Filed under: Religion-Catholicism — tobinatorstark @ 6:00 pm

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)


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