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Sunday, 23 September 2012

Readings Monday 24th September

Trinity 16
Monday of the 25th Week of the Year
Our Lady of Walsingham
Additional commemorations:
Silouan of Athos (1866-1938), monk

 In 1938, Starets Silouan died in his monastery on Mt. Athos.

Semën (Symeon) Ivanovich Antonov was born in 1866 in Sovsk, Russia, into a poor peasant family. In 1892 he went to Greece and entered the monastery of St. Panteleimon on Mt. Athos. His monastic parable was an extraordinary attempt to become docile to the action of the Holy Spirit. From childhood Silouan had been aware of the Spirit's presence in his heart, and he decided to devote himself entirely to prayer as a way of treasuring the gift he had received. He was named steward of his monastery, but continued to set apart a considerable amount of time each day for prayer, although he had over two hundred monks for whom to provide.

As the Spirit taught him to recognize Jesus and see the Father's mercy in him, Silouan sought an ever closer identification with his Lord. He knew that only humility would allow him to see himself as a "wasteland," a fragile human being consumed by sin, and so reach full communion with Christ, whose love for all people had taken him to the depths of hell.
After a personal experience of desolation in which he was pulled back from the brink of despair by the Lord's voice, which he heard repeating, "Keep your spirit in hell and don't despair!", Silouan became a spiritual guide who was able to take the burdens of others upon his shoulders because he had been consoled by God in his inner heart. He spent the last years of his life receiving thousands of people, who came from far and wide to ask "Starets Silouan," as everyone now called him, for a word or a prayer.

Merciful God,
you poured out your Holy Spirit
upon Silouan of Athos,
so that he descended to hell in spirit
without despairing,
and you gave him love for his enemies:
for the sake of his testimony,
grant that we too may sing of your love
in this life and beyond death,
for ever and ever.

Daily Eucharistic Lectionary
These notes assume that the Daily Eucharistic Lectionary is used alongside the two year additional Office lectionary (for the Office of Readings) to provide three readings a day for use at Eucharist and Office.

Short text for the day:

For nothing is hidden that will not be disclosed.

Daily Reflections from Creighton University for today here.
Liturgy Alive prayers and readings here.

Liturgy Alive opening prayer:

Lord our God,
you want our faith to be
a lamp placed on a lamp-stand,
so that people might see your light
and not stumble in the dark.
Speak your word to us,
give us the life-giving Spirit of your Son,
his Spirit of unity and freedom,
that we may be to the world
the new humanity of Jesus Christ,
who lives with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

First Reading
Proverbs 3: 27-34

27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
   when it is in your power to do it.
28 Do not say to your neighbour, ‘Go, and come again;
   tomorrow I will give it’—when you have it with you.
29 Do not plan harm against your neighbour
   who lives trustingly beside you.
30 Do not quarrel with anyone without cause,
   when no harm has been done to you.
31 Do not envy the violent
   and do not choose any of their ways;
32 for the perverse are an abomination to the Lord,
   but the upright are in his confidence.
33 The Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked,
   but he blesses the abode of the righteous.
34 Towards the scorners he is scornful,
   but to the humble he shows favour.

Psalm 15


Luke 8:16-18

16 ‘No one after lighting a lamp hides it under a jar, or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a lampstand, so that those who enter may see the light. 17For nothing is hidden that will not be disclosed, nor is anything secret that will not become known and come to light. 18Then pay attention to how you listen; for to those who have, more will be given; and from those who do not have, even what they seem to have will be taken away.’

Additional Office Lectionary

Tobit 2:1-3:6

2Then during the reign of Esar-haddon I returned home, and my wife Anna and my son Tobias were restored to me. At our festival of Pentecost, which is the sacred festival of weeks, a good dinner was prepared for me and I reclined to eat. 2When the table was set for me and an abundance of food placed before me, I said to my son Tobias, ‘Go, my child, and bring whatever poor person you may find of our people among the exiles in Nineveh, who is wholeheartedly mindful of God, and he shall eat together with me. I will wait for you, until you come back.’ 3So Tobias went to look for some poor person of our people. When he had returned he said, ‘Father!’ And I replied, ‘Here I am, my child.’ Then he went on to say, ‘Look, father, one of our own people has been murdered and thrown into the market-place, and now he lies there strangled.’ 4Then I sprang up, left the dinner before even tasting it, and removed the body from the square and laid it in one of the rooms until sunset when I might bury it. 5When I returned, I washed myself and ate my food in sorrow. 6Then I remembered the prophecy of Amos, how he said against Bethel,
   ‘Your festivals shall be turned into mourning,
   and all your songs into lamentation.’
And I wept.
7 When the sun had set, I went and dug a grave and buried him. 8And my neighbours laughed and said, ‘Is he still not afraid? He has already been hunted down to be put to death for doing this, and he ran away; yet here he is again burying the dead!’ 9That same night I washed myself and went into my courtyard and slept by the wall of the courtyard; and my face was uncovered because of the heat. 10I did not know that there were sparrows on the wall; their fresh droppings fell into my eyes and produced white films. I went to physicians to be healed, but the more they treated me with ointments the more my vision was obscured by the white films, until I became completely blind. For four years I remained unable to see. All my kindred were sorry for me, and Ahikar took care of me for two years before he went to Elymais.
11 At that time, also, my wife Anna earned money at women’s work. 12She used to send what she made to the owners and they would pay wages to her. One day, the seventh of Dystrus, when she cut off a piece she had woven and sent it to the owners, they paid her full wages and also gave her a kid for a meal. 13When she returned to me, the kid began to bleat. So I called her and said, ‘Where did you get this kid? It is surely not stolen, is it? Return it to the owners; for we have no right to eat anything stolen.’ 14But she said to me, ‘It was given to me as a gift in addition to my wages.’ But I did not believe her, and told her to return it to the owners. I became flushed with anger against her over this. Then she replied to me, ‘Where are your acts of charity? Where are your righteous deeds? These things are known about you!’
3Then with much grief and anguish of heart I wept, and with groaning began to pray:
2 ‘You are righteous, O Lord,
   and all your deeds are just;
all your ways are mercy and truth;
   you judge the world.
3 And now, O Lord, remember me
   and look favourably upon me.
Do not punish me for my sins
   and for my unwitting offences
   and those that my ancestors committed before you.
They sinned against you,
4   and disobeyed your commandments.
So you gave us over to plunder, exile, and death,
   to become the talk, the byword, and an object of reproach,
   among all the nations among whom you have dispersed us.
5 And now your many judgements are true
   in exacting penalty from me for my sins.
For we have not kept your commandments
   and have not walked in accordance with truth before you.
6 So now deal with me as you will;
   command my spirit to be taken from me,
   so that I may be released from the face of the earth and become dust.
For it is better for me to die than to live,
   because I have had to listen to undeserved insults,
   and great is the sorrow within me.
Command, O Lord, that I be released from this distress;
   release me to go to the eternal home,
   and do not, O Lord, turn your face away from me.
For it is better for me to die
   than to see so much distress in my life
   and to listen to insults.’

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, 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.

Non Scriptural Reading

If you paid close attention to the section of the Gospel that was read, that section would have moved your feelings deeply. For the Lord, as Scripture says, upon having been told by someone that he would follow him wherever he went for the sake of religious service, says instead to another person: Follow me. And, having spurned and disdained the one, he chooses the other in his place – a person who expected nothing and was silent, although a voluntary offering is usually more acceptable, and service is more pleasing when it is spontaneously rendered and not commanded.
Why is the one rejected, then? Why is he refused as if he were unworthy? For the Lord says to him: The foxes have holes and the birds of heaven have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head. This is the first thing that we must consider, therefore – that the Lord is not an accepter of persons, for he is a just and even-handed judge, but that he gives love in repayment of virtuous deeds and does not choose the one who is quick with words and slow in devotion but the one whose tongue is silent and whose mind is devout. About such a one the Prophet says: If you practise silence you will appear to be wise, but with regard to the one who speaks at every occasion Scripture has it: not everyone who says to me: Lord, Lord, but the one who does my will. From this we learn, then, that the Lord ought not to be cried out to so much from the mouth as from the heart.
Therefore he takes the one who is silent and who expects nothing. His tongue was silent, to be sure, but he spoke in spirit. For we understand how devoted he was who, as he himself maintained, left his dead father so as to lay hold of the Lord of life. For he says: First permit me to go and bury my father. The one who he had left behind as dead he begs that he might return and bury. Sorrow did not hold him nor death detain him, because he was hastening to life. He had not yet closed the eyes of the dead man, nor yet buried the stiff limbs, But as soon as he learned that the Lord had come he forgot the feeling of filial piety, believing that there was a greater piety in loving Christ more than one’s parents. Perhaps he had read the prophetic passage that says: Forget your people and your father’s house. So he forgot his father and remembered his Saviour. Perhaps he had also heard the Lord’s Gospel words: The one loves his father or mother more is not worthy of me. Thus, as Tobit is justified because he abandons his meal for the sake of a burial, this man is approved because he abandons the burial of his father for the sake of Christ. For the one is not afraid to pass over his meal because some earthly work intervenes, while the other fears lest some delay cause him to omit the eating of heavenly bread. Hence, although in consideration of Christ we owe burial to everyone, this man forsook his father’s burial out of love for Christ.
 St Maximus of Turin, Sermon 41, 1-2; ACW 50 (1989) tr. Ramsey.

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 2003Rotelle: 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.
Patristic Lectionary
From Pluscarden Abbey, edited by Fr Stephen Mark Holmes, based on A Word in Season, Augustinian Press; available here, and in the Lectionary folder of Company of Voices Resources.

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