Saturday in the 22nd Week in Ordinary Time
Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary
CW: Lesser Festival
Roman Rite: Feast
Micah 5:1-4a or Romans 8:28-30 Psalm 12 Luke 1:1-16,18-23
Having kept the 15th August as the principal festival most Anglicans will probably keep this as a LF; the notes and readings here are for the ferial readings, if used at the Office the proper Eucharistic provision for the Nativity could be used at the Eucharist.
William of Saint Thierry, 1148
Daily Eucharistic Lectionary
Daily Reflections from Creighton University for today (the Nativity of the BVM).
1 Cor 4:6-15
A stunning passage of Pauline prose. The sentence 'What have you that you did not receive?' enough for a lifetime all by itself. King translates the final sentence 'I fathered you' which gives it much more dynamism.
6 I have applied all this to myself and Apol'los for your benefit, brethren, that you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up in favor of one against another. 7 For who sees anything different in you? What have you that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if it were not a gift? 8 Already you are filled! Already you have become rich! Without us you have become kings! And would that you did reign, so that we might share the rule with you! 9 For I think that God has exhibited us apostles as last of all, like men sentenced to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels and to men. 10 We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are held in honor, but we in disrepute. 11 To the present hour we hunger and thirst, we are ill-clad and buffeted and homeless, 12 and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; 13 when slandered, we try to conciliate; we have become, and are now, as the refuse of the world, the offscouring of all things. 14 I do not write this to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children. 15 For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
Luke 6: 1-5
1 On a sabbath, while he was going through the grainfields, his disciples plucked and ate some heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands. 2 But some of the Pharisees said, "Why are you doing what is not lawful to do on the sabbath?" 3 And Jesus answered, "Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him: 4 how he entered the house of God, and took and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to those with him?" 5 And he said to them, "The Son of man is lord of the sabbath."
Time was, when Christ with his disciples went
Through cornfields on the sabbath, hunger spent
They plucked the ears and ate, and wre content.
That tim e- when hungry mouths could thus be fed,
And 'Ye are thieves, that corn is men!' ne're said;
that open-handed time - that time is dead.
Time was, when such a sight could much displease
religion's formalists, the Pharisees,
Who cried, 'They break the Sabbath's sanctities.'
that tim e- when starving souls were though well fed
On forms and rites instead of living bread;
That narrow-hearted time - is that time dead?
In The Poets Life of Christ, ed Norman Ault, OUP1922
Additional Office Lectionary
2 Tim 4:1-22
This final section begins with great writing, and their is a sense of urgency about it: Paul expecting his death to be not far off. He uses the athletics imagery once more. It then moves into more practical matters with names some of which we know from elsewhere and some we don't
1 I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: 2 preach the word, be urgent in season and out of season, convince, rebuke, and exhort, be unfailing in patience and in teaching. 3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own likings, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander into myths. 5 As for you, always be steady, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil your ministry. 6 For I am already on the point of being sacrificed; the time of my departure has come. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.8 Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing. 9 Do your best to come to me soon. 10 For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessaloni'ca; Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia. 11Luke alone is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you; for he is very useful in serving me. 12Tych'icus I have sent to Ephesus. 13 When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Tro'as, also the books, and above all the parchments. 14 Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; the Lord will requite him for his deeds. 15 Beware of him yourself, for he strongly opposed our message. 16 At my first defense no one took my part; all deserted me. May it not be charged against them! 17 But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength to proclaim the message fully, that all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion's mouth. 18 The Lord will rescue me from every evil and save me for his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory for ever and ever. Amen. 19 Greet Prisca and Aq'uila, and the household of Onesiph'orus. 20Eras'tus remained at Corinth; Troph'imus I left ill at Mile'tus. 21 Do your best to come before winter. Eubu'lus sends greetings to you, as do Pudens and Linus and Claudia and all the brethren. 22 The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you.
Texts of the readings Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971] by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Readings will be removed each week but other elements will be left in place.
Non Scriptural Reading
A READING FROM THE LETTERS OF ST BASIL THE GREAT
May God be blessed, for in every generation he singles out those who are acceptable to him, and makes his chosen instruments known so that he can use them in the service of the saints. So now he has caught you in the inescapable nets of his grace, even though you were fleeing, as you admit, not from me but from the vocation you suspected would come through me. And he is bringing you to central Pisidia, so that you may capture men alive for the Lord, drawing from the depths into the light people whom the devil has trapped into doing his will.
Since all who have put their hope in Christ form a single people, and all who belong to him are one Church, even though he be invoked from different places, your homeland delightedly rejoices in the Lord’s dispensations, deeming herself not to have been impoverished by the loss of one man but rather through one man to have made a profit of the whole Church. May the Lord grant me to see if I am present, and hear about if absent, the progress you make in the preaching of the gospel and the administration of the Churches.
Play the man, then, be strong, and lead the people whom the Most High has entrusted to your guiding hand. Take care that your ship does not sink in the briny and bitter waves of error; like a skilful pilot assuming command you must ride out every storm raised by the winds of heresy, and wait for the calm which the Lord will create when a voice is found worthy to arouse him for the rebuking of the winds and the sea.
The weight of your burden? Do not complain of its being beyond your strength. For if you yourself were the one who is to carry this load, it would not be merely heavy: it would be quite unbearable. But if the Lord is carrying it with you to the end, then Cast your care upon the Lord, and he will take charge. Only heed my advice to watch carefully in all circumstances that you be not yourself involved in reprehensible conduct, but through the wisdom God has granted you turn evil tendencies into something useful. For Christ has sent you not to fall in with other people, but to lead those who are on the way to salvation.
St Basil the Great, Epist. 161.1-2 (PG 32:630-631); Word in Season VIII.
On occasion comments on the readings may refer to some of these:
Celebrating the Saints, Celebrating the Seasons: ed. Robert Attwell, Canterbury Press
Celebrating Sundays: ed.Stephen Holmes, Canterbury Press
Breen: Reflections on the Readings for Every Day of the Church's Year, Patrick J. Breen O.Carm., Columba Press, 2011
Faley: Reflections on the Weekday lectionary Readings, Roland J. Faley, Paulist Press 2010
Fernandez: In Conversation With God: Meditations for each day of the year, Francis Fernandez, Scepter 2010 (8 vols)
Johnson: Benedictine Daily Prayer, ed. Maxwell E. Johnson, the Columba Press, 2005
King: The New Testament: A Fresh Translation, Nicholas King, Kevin Mayhew 2003
Magnificat, monthly publication with daily readings, a short form of Morning and Evening Prayer and meditations on art and culture and a daily reading from outside Scripture; subscriptions available here.
Marivoet: Liturgy Alive: Models of Celebration Weekdays; Redemptorist/Claretian 2003
Rotelle: Augustine on the Sunday Gospel, Hohn E. Rotelle OSA, Augustinian Press 1998
The Additional Office Lectionary
The two year cycle for the Office of Readings designed to accompany the Daily Eucharistic Lectionary; printed in the back of the CTS New Catholic Bible; RSV text readings available here.