Thursday in the 22nd Week in Ordinary Time
Allen Gardiner, 1851
Daily Eucharistic Lectionary
Daily Reflections from Creighton University for today.
1 Cor 3: 18-end
Nicholas King uses 'clever' for wise which captures the argumentative tone here, King also asks why cleverness seems to be such a problem for Paul? The quotations are from Job 5:13 and Psalm 94:11.
Let no one deceive himself. If any one among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, "He catches the wise in their craftiness," 20 and again, "The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile."21 So let no one boast of men. For all things are yours, 22 whether Paul or Apol'los or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future, all are yours; 23 and you are Christ's; and Christ is God's.
King: " This is an extraordinary story ... Jesus breaks into Simon's life without a by-your-leave, as Gabriel did into the lives of Zachariah and Mary. Second, like Mary to Gabriel, Simon ... expressly acquiesces to Jesus' word. Third he becomes 'Peter' as well as Simon, as soon as he gives his consent. Fourth, he discovers in the light of the miracle of the fish that he is a sinful human being, and he learns to call Jesus 'Lord'...Finally, and this is someting we shall see frequently in Luke, discipleship is a matter of 'abandoning everything'.
|Sixth C mosaic, Ravenna|
1 While the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennes'aret. 2 And he saw two boats by the lake; but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. 3 Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon's, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. 4 And when he had ceased speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch." 5 And Simon answered, "Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets." 6 And when they had done this, they enclosed a great shoal of fish; and as their nets were breaking, 7 they beckoned to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. 8 But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord." 9 For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the catch of fish which they had taken; 10 and so also were James and John, sons of Zeb'edee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid; henceforth you will be catching men." 11 And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.
Additional Office Lectionary
2 Tim 2:1-21
Good, strong metaphors here: the soldier's loyalty; the athlete's fidelity; the farmer's arduous work.
1 You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus, 2 and what you have heard from me before many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. 3Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No soldier on service gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to satisfy the one who enlisted him. 5 An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. 6 It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops. 7 Think over what I say, for the Lord will grant you understanding in everything. 8 Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descended from David, as preached in my gospel, 9 the gospel for which I am suffering and wearing fetters like a criminal. But the word of God is not fettered. 10 Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain salvation in Christ Jesus with its eternal glory. 11 The saying is sure: If we have died with him, we shall also live with him; 12 if we endure, we shall also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us; 13 if we are faithless, he remains faithful--for he cannot deny himself.14 Remind them of this, and charge them before the Lord to avoid disputing about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers. 15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. 16Avoid such godless chatter, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness, 17 and their talk will eat its way like gangrene. Among them are Hymenae'us and Phile'tus, 18 who have swerved from the truth by holding that the resurrection is past already. They are upsetting the faith of some. 19 But God's firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: "The Lord knows those who are his," and, "Let every one who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity." 20 In a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and earthenware, and some for noble use, some for ignoble. 21 If any one purifies himself from what is ignoble, then he will be a vessel for noble use, consecrated and useful to the master of the house, ready for any good work.
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 IMITATION OF CHRIST BY ST THOMAS À KEMPIS
To many this seems a hard saying: ‘Deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Jesus.’ But to hear these last words of all will be much harder: Go away from me, you accursed people, into eternal fire. For those who are willing to hear the message of the cross, and to follow it now, will not be afraid of hearing their eternal damnation at the end. This sign of the cross will be in heaven when the Lord comes to judge. Then all the servants of the cross, who modelled their lives on that of the crucified Lord, will approach Christ the judge with great confidence.
So why are you afraid to take up the cross, which gains you entry to the kingdom? In the cross is salvation, in the cross life, in the cross protection from our enemies: in the cross is an instilling of celestial sweetness, in the cross strength of mind, in the cross the joy of the spirit: in the cross is supreme virtue, in the cross perfect sanctity. There is no salvation for the soul nor hope of eternal life except in the cross. So take up the cross and follow Jesus to go towards eternal life. If you die on the cross together with him, you will also live together with him, and if you share his suffering you will also share his glory.
So you see that everything rests on the cross, and there is no other way to life and true spiritual peace except the way of the holy cross and daily mortification. Go wherever you like, look for whatever you want, you will find no higher way above or safer below, except the way of the holy cross. You may arrange and order all things according to your wish and what seems right to you, but whether you want to or not you will find there is always something you have to suffer, and so you will always find the cross. For you will either have physical pain, or spiritual torment in your soul.
Sometimes God will abandon you, sometimes you will be troubled by your neighbour, and what is worse you will often be weighed down by your own sorrows. Yet no remedy or consolation be able to free or help you; on the contrary you will have to bear with your situation as long as God wishes it. For God wants you to learn to suffer torment without consolation, and subject yourself totally to him and become more humble through torment. No one feels Christ’s passion so profoundly as one to whose lot falls to suffer something similar. Therefore the cross is always ready, and waits for you everywhere. Wherever you run you cannot escape it, because wherever you go you take yourself with you, and will always find yourself. Run away above or below, outside or inside, and at every point you will find the cross, and everywhere you must be patient if you want to have spiritual peace and be worthy of an everlasting crown. For it is through many torments that we have to enter the kingdom of God. Amen.
Thomas à Kempis, De imitatione Christi, II, 12; 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.