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October 13, 2008

Daily Devotions for October 14, 2008

Filed under: Religion-Catholicism — tobinatorstark @ 7:54 pm

Galatians 5:1-6 (Douay-Rheims Challoner text)

Stand fast, and be not held again under the yoke of bondage. Behold, I Paul tell you, that if you be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.  And I testify again to every man circumcising himself, that he is a debtor to the whole law. You are made void of Christ, you who are justified in the law: you are fallen from grace. For we in spirit, by faith, wait for the hope of justice. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision: but faith that worketh by charity.

Galatas 5:1-6 (Biblia Sacra Juxta Vulgatam Clementinam)

State, et nolite iterum jugo servitutis contineri. Ecce ego Paulus dico vobis : quoniam si circumcidamini, Christus vobis nihil proderit. Testificor autem rursus omni homini circumcidenti se, quoniam debitor est universæ legis faciendæ.  Evacuati estis a Christo, qui in lege justificamini : a gratia excidistis. Nos enim spiritu ex fide, spem justitiæ exspectamus. Nam in Christo Jesu neque circumcisio aliquid valet, neque præputium : sed fides, quæ per caritatem operatur

Gospel According to St. Luke 11:37-41 (Ronald Knox Translation)

At the time when he said this, one of the Pharisees invited him to his house for the mid-day meal; so he went in and sat down at table; the Pharisee meanwhile was inwardly surmising, why he had not washed before his meal. And the Lord said to him, You Pharisees are content to cleanse the outward part of cup and dish, while all within is running with avarice and wickedness. Fools, did not he who made the outward part make the inward too? Nay, you should give alms out of the store you have, and at once all that is yours becomes clean.

Evangelium Secundum Lucam 11:37-41 (Biblia Sacra Juxta Vulgatam Clementinam)

Et cum loqueretur, rogavit illum quidam pharisæus ut pranderet apud se. Et ingressus recubuit. Pharisæus autem coepit intra se reputans dicere, quare non baptizatus esset ante prandium. Et ait Dominus ad illum : Nunc vos pharisæi, quod deforis est calicis et catini, mundatis : quod autem intus est vestrum, plenum est rapina et iniquitate. Stulti ! nonne qui fecit quod deforis est, etiam id quod deintus est fecit ? Verumtamen quod superest, date eleemosynam: et ecce omnia munda sunt vobis.

Catechism of the Catholic Church 162

Perseverance in faith

Faith is an entirely free gift that God makes to man. We can lose this priceless gift, as St. Paul indicated to St. Timothy: “Wage the good warfare, holding faith and a good conscience. By rejecting conscience, certain persons have made shipwreck of their faith.” To live, grow and persevere in the faith until the end we must nourish it with the word of God; we must beg the Lord to increase our faith; it must be “working through charity,” abounding in hope, and rooted in the faith of the Church.

Catechismum Catholicae Ecclesiae 162

In fide perseverantia

Fides gratuitum est donum, quod Deus homini praebet. Hoc inaestimabile possumus donum amittere; sanctus Paulus de hoc monet Timotheum: « Hoc praeceptum commendo tibi […] ut milites […] bonam militiam, habens fidem et bonam conscientiam, quam quidam repellentes circa fidem naufragaverunt » (1 Tim 1,18-19). Ad vivendum, crescendum et perseverandum usque ad finem in fide, illam debemus Verbo Dei nutrire; Dominum precari debemus ut illam nobis adaugeat; ipsa « per caritatem » operari (Gal 5,6), a spe sustineri et in Ecclesiae fide debet esse radicata.

Notes on Galatians 5:1-6 (Haydock Bible Commentary)

Ver. 1. Be not held again under the yoke of bondage, of the old law. (Witham) — This verse must be understood in the same manner as the 9th verse of the preceding chapter. See the annotations upon it.

Ver. 2. If you converted from heathenism be circumcised, it must be by believing and professing it necessary, which is false doctrine, and the Christ will profit you nothing: not that the practice of those ceremonies was at the time sinful, especially for those that had been Jews, but it was an error to judge them necessary for converted Gentiles. Besides, he that judges circumcision necessary, must also judge himself bound to keep all the other ceremonies and precepts of the law. (Witham)

Ver. 3. The false teachers had insisted on the observance of circumcision and a few other rites only, as necessary for salvation; but St. Paul assures them, that the receiving of circumcision is an open profession of Judaism, and that he that makes this profession, binds himself to the observance of every part of the law, since a curse is pronounced against those that do not keep it in all its parts. If then circumcision be necessary for salvation, the whole law is necessary also. (Calmet)

Ver. 4. If you think that justice cannot be obtained but under the law, you make a renunciation of the justice of Christ: his mediation becomes of no avail to you. (Calmet)

Ver. 5-6. We in spirit hope for true justice by faith in Christ; yet not by faith only, but by faith working by charity. (Witham) — Here note with St. Augustine, that faith is not to be idle, but working or doing good works in charity: wherefore not faith alone. (De opere et fide. chap. xiv.)

Notes on St. Luke 11:37-41 (Haydock Bible Commentary)

Ver. 38. Washed, &c. There was nothing ordained by the law concerning this washing of the hands, which the Pharisees observed before taking meat. Christ and his apostles washed their hands when they pleased, without looking for any mystery in such things, or making to themselves vain obligations in frivolous and indifferent things. They did not neglect what was ordained by the law in certain cases for purification; but beside that, they observed nothing more. (Calmet)

Ver. 41. But yet that which remaineth, give alms.[1] The sense seems not to be of what remaineth, give alms, as some expound it; but by the Greek, the sense is, give alms of what you have, i.e. of your goods, according to your abilities; and as Tobias said to his son, If thou hast much, give much; if little, give a little willingly. (Tobias iv. 9.) — All things are clean unto you. Not that alms without other pious dispositions, will suffice to your salvation; but that other necessary virtues will be given you, by the mercies of God. (Witham) — These are the means I propose to you to gain that interior purity I am speaking of. But will alms suffice to expiate all sorts of crimes? Is it enough for the murderer, the homicide, &c. to give alms? Undoubtedly not. Our Saviour only compares alms-deeds with the exterior washing which the Pharisees affected. As if he had said, “It is not by the washing in common water that you will take out the stains of your souls, but by the works of charity. Charity will be more efficacious to cleanse you than all the waters of the rivers and of the sea.” Or, according to Euthymius, if you wish to cleanse yourselves truly, bring forth worthy fruits of penance, give up ill acquired possessions; and as for the rest, redeem you sins by alms. Thus shall all things be made clean to you, as well within as without the vase. (Calmet)


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