Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The LORD Is Faithful In All His Words, And Holy In All His Works.

Wednesday of the Thirtieth Week
in Ordinary Time
Reading I
Ephesians 6:1-9
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
Honor your father and mother.
This is the first commandment with a promise,
that it may go well with you
and that you may have a long life on earth.
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger,
but bring them up
with the training and instruction of the Lord.

Slaves, be obedient to your human masters
with fear and trembling,
in sincerity of heart, as to Christ,
not only when being watched,
as currying favor,
but as slaves of Christ,
doing the will of God from the heart,
willingly serving the Lord and not men,
knowing that each will be requited from the Lord
for whatever good he does,
whether he is slave or free.
Masters, act in the same way towards them,
and stop bullying,
knowing that both they and you
have a Master in heaven
and that with him there is no partiality.
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Psalm 145
R. The Lord is faithful in all his words.
Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,
and let your faithful ones bless you.
Let them discourse of the glory of your Kingdom
and speak of your might.
R. The Lord is faithful in all his words.
Making known to men your might
and the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.
Your Kingdom is a Kingdom for all ages,
and your dominion endures through all generations.
R. The Lord is faithful in all his words.
The LORD is faithful in all his words
and holy in all his works.
The LORD lifts up all who are falling
and raises up all who are bowed down.
R. The Lord is faithful in all his words.
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Luke 13:22-30
Jesus passed through towns and villages,
teaching as he went
and making his way to Jerusalem.
Someone asked him,
“Lord, will only a few people be saved?”
He answered them,
“Strive to enter through the narrow gate,
for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter
but will not be strong enough.
After the master of the house
has arisen and locked the door,
then will you stand outside knocking
and saying,
‘Lord, open the door for us.’
He will say to you in reply,
‘I do not know where you are from.’
And you will say,
‘We ate and drank in your company
and you taught in our streets.’
Then he will say to you,
‘I do not know where you are from.
Depart from me, all you evildoers!’
And there will be wailing and grinding of teeth
when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
and all the prophets in the Kingdom of God
and you yourselves cast out.
And people will come
from the east and the west
and from the north and the south
and will recline at table in the Kingdom of God.
For behold, some are last who will be first,
and some are first who will be last.”

Blessed Bartholomew of Vicenza
(c. 1200-1271)

Dominicans honor one of their own today, Blessed Bartholomew of Vicenza. This was a man who used his skills as a preacher to challenge the heresies of his day.

Bartholomew was born in Vicenza around 1200. At 20 he entered the Dominicans. Following his ordination he served in various leadership positions. As a young priest he founded a military order whose purpose was to keep civil peace in towns throughout Italy.

In 1248, Bartholomew was appointed a bishop. For most men, such an appointment is an honor and a tribute to their holiness and their demonstrated leadership skills. But for Bartholomew, it was a form of exile that had been urged by an antipapal group that was only too happy to see him leave for Cyprus. Not many years later, however, Bartholomew was transferred back to Vicenza. Despite the antipapal feelings that were still evident, he worked diligently—especially through his preaching—to rebuild his diocese and strengthen the people’s loyalty to Rome.

During his years as bishop in Cyprus, Bartholomew befriended King Louis the Ninth of France, who is said to have given the holy bishop a relic of Christ’s Crown of Thorns.

Bartholomew died in 1271. He was beatified in 1793.

Saint of the Day

1 comment:

Sarah in the tent said...

'Depart from me, all you evildoers'

According to the reference in my Jerusalem Bible (reader's edition), Our Lord is quoting Psalm 6 here, which begins 'Yahweh, let your rebuke to me not be in anger'. In the Psalm, David believes God has sent enemies to rebuke him and fears God may even allow them to kill him. The line Our Lord quotes is David's wish, not God's command.

It is interesting that Our Lord chooses David's words when he is at his weakest as the final judgement of God in all His power. This paradox points to the cross of the Messiah, the son of David, and perhaps also to the solidarity between God and man expressed by the cross. The fact that we are judged with the words of the weak also underlines the importance of our dealings with the weak to our own final judgement.

The psalm is a plea for salvation, and by referencing its familiar lines, perhaps Our Lord answers implicitly the question: 'Will only a few be saved?'. David is the King; if he is saved, his people are saved. So the answer is: only one man will be saved, but through him all men are. That one man is the narrow gate. Through Him, the evil that we do can be forgiven and we can enter.