Tuesday in the 22nd Week in Ordinary Time
Birinus, Bishop 650
In the Ecumenical Martyrology of Bose: Moses
Daily Eucharistic Lectionary
Daily Reflections from Creighton University for today.
Nicholas King comments on the difficulty of translating this section where sophia can be real wisdom, or mere worldly cleverness, and the point is the contrast between them; this links with the reading from 1 Timothy below, and being 'wrapped up in the cares of the world' from St Gregory (see below).
1 Cor 2:10b-end
For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. 11 For what person knows a man's thoughts except the spirit of the man which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is from God, that we might understand the gifts bestowed on us by God. 13 And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who possess the Spirit. 14 The unspiritual man does not receive the gifts of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.15 The spiritual man judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. 16 "For who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?" But we have the mind of Christ.
This passage forms one section with verses 38-44, beginning and ending with a typical Lucan summary, which concludes in Judea, so that there is already movement and a sense of journeying from Nazareth to Jerusalem.
31 And he went down to Caper'na-um, a city of Galilee. And he was teaching them on the sabbath; 32 and they were astonished at his teaching, for his word was with authority. 33 And in the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon; and he cried out with a loud voice, 34 "Ah! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God." 35 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be silent, and come out of him!" And when the demon had thrown him down in the midst, he came out of him, having done him no harm. 36 And they were all amazed and said to one another, "What is this word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out." 37And reports of him went out into every place in the surrounding region.
Additional Office Lectionary
1 Tim 6: 11-21
The 'good confession' of this passage is translated by Nicholas King as the 'great acknowldegment', the homologian is the root of our word homily. 'What is falsely called knowledge' seems an especially useful phrase in our time of much knowledge and little wisdom
11 But as for you, man of God, shun all this; aim at righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.13 In the presence of God who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, 14 I charge you to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ; 15 and this will be made manifest at the proper time by the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone has immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen. 17 As for the rich in this world, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on uncertain riches but on God who richly furnishes us with everything to enjoy. 18 They are to do good, to be rich in good deeds, liberal and generous, 19 thus laying up for themselves a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life which is life indeed. 20 O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, 21 for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards the faith. 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.
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Non Scriptural Reading
The second part of this reading connects closely with the reading from 1 Timothy in discussing the lives of those called to Christian leadership, St Gregory does does this with great smoothness and humility, a challenge to all in public ministry.
A READING FROM THE HOMILIES ON THE GOSPELS BY ST GREGORY THE GREAT
Let us listen to what our Lord has to say when he sends his disciples out to preach the gospel: The harvest is great, but the labourers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest. It grieves us to have to say that the labourers for this great harvest are few, because there are not enough people to preach the good news, although there are people waiting to hear it. We see around us a world full of priests, but it is very rare to find a labourer in God’s harvest, because we are not doing the work demanded by our priesthood, although we accepted this office.
Consider carefully, my dear brethren, what our Lord says: Pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest. You should pray for us to be given the strength to do the work that you deserve, that we should not be slow to exhort. If we do this, then we shall not find that we have accepted the office of preachers only to stand condemned in the sight of the just judge by our own reluctance to speak. For preachers are often prevented from speaking because of their own wickedness; on the other hand it is also often the fault of those in their care that leaders are deprived of the opportunity to preach. It is not easy, then, to judge whose fault it is that the preacher is reduced to silence. But we do know for certain that the silence of the preacher, while sometimes damaging to himself, is always damaging to those in his care.
There is another thing, my dear brethren, that causes me great grief and it concerns the sort of life led by some pastors. But, for fear that what I have to say should seem to give offence to anybody, I accuse myself at the same time. Compelled as I am by the necessity of this barbaric age, it is with great reluctance that I find myself in this position. The fact is that we have allowed ourselves to become involved in external affairs, and the contrast between the honour we have received and the way in which we carry out the duties of our office is very great. We give up the ministry of preaching, and, to our discredit, as I see it, we are called bishops but enjoy this honour in name only, and not in practice. For the people entrusted to our care are abandoning God and we remain silent. They have fallen into wicked ways and we do not utter a word of reproach.
But we shall never be in a position to correct the lives of others as long as we neglect our own. We are wrapped up in the cares of this world, and the more we seem to busy ourselves with external affairs the more spiritually insensitive we become. Holy Church, then, expresses it well when she says of her weak members: They have placed me on guard in the vineyards and I have not guarded my own vineyard. We have been put in charge of the vineyards and we are not even looking after our own, because we are neglecting our own proper ministry, as long as we remain wrapped up in external affairs.
St Gregory the Great, Hom. in Ev. 17, 3, 14; The Divine Office III.
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.