Tuesday, September 6, 2022

† "...Everyone In The Crowd . . . "


†Saint Quote
"Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee."
–St. Augustine

†Today's Meditation
"In the old days, when there was less education and discussion, perhaps it was possible to get on with a very few simple ideas about God. But it is not so now. Everyone reads, everyone hears things discussed. Consequently, if you do not listen to Theology, that will not mean that you have no ideas about God. It will mean that you have a lot of wrong ones—bad, muddled, out-of-date ideas. For a great many of the ideas about God which are trotted out as novelties today are simply the ones which real Theologians tried centuries ago and rejected."
—C. S. Lewis, p. 155

An Excerpt From
Mere Christianity

†Daily Verse
"Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen."
–Hebrews 11:1


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St. Eleutherius

St. Eleutherius (d. 585 A.D.) was a monk living in Spoleto, Italy. Little is known of his early life. He became the Abbot of St. Mark's Abbey and was well-known as a man of simplicity and penance. He also demonstrated the gift of miracles and exorcism, and raised a dead man to life. After he healed a boy from demonic possession and saw that the child was afterwards left unharmed, St. Eleutherius made a remark to this effect: "Since the child is among the servants of God, the devil dares not approach him." Then the boy, who came to live at St. Mark's Abbey to be educated by the monks, became possessed again. St. Eleutherius repented of his vain and presumptuous remark, and the whole monastery underwent a penitential fast before the devil would leave the boy for the final time. St. Eleutherius was a friend of Pope St. Gregory the Great, the latter having called upon the saint to pray for him in his illness. St. Eleutherius died in Rome in 585 A.D. His feast day is


Tuesday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1 1 Cor 6:1-11

Brothers and sisters:
How can any one of you with a case against another
dare to bring it to the unjust for judgment
instead of to the holy ones?
Do you not know that the holy ones will judge the world?
If the world is to be judged by you,
are you unqualified for the lowest law courts?
Do you not know that we will judge angels?
Then why not everyday matters?
If, therefore, you have courts for everyday matters,
do you seat as judges people of no standing in the Church?
I say this to shame you.
Can it be that there is not one among you wise enough
to be able to settle a case between brothers?
But rather brother goes to court against brother,
and that before unbelievers?

Now indeed then it is, in any case,
a failure on your part that you have lawsuits against one another.
Why not rather put up with injustice?
Why not rather let yourselves be cheated?
Instead, you inflict injustice and cheat, and this to brothers.
Do you not know that the unjust will not inherit the Kingdom of God?
Do not be deceived;
neither fornicators nor idolaters nor adulterers
nor boy prostitutes nor sodomites nor thieves
nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor robbers
will inherit the Kingdom of God.
That is what some of you used to be;
but now you have had yourselves washed, you were sanctified,
you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ
and in the Spirit of our God.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 149:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6a and 9b

R. (see 4) The Lord takes delight in his people.
Sing to the LORD a new song
of praise in the assembly of the faithful.
Let Israel be glad in their maker,
let the children of Zion rejoice in their king.
R. The Lord takes delight in his people.
Let them praise his name in the festive dance,
let them sing praise to him with timbrel and harp.
For the LORD loves his people,
and he adorns the lowly with victory.
R. The Lord takes delight in his people.
Let the faithful exult in glory;
let them sing for joy upon their couches;
Let the high praises of God be in their throats.
This is the glory of all his faithful. Alleluia.
R. The Lord takes delight in his people.

Alleluia See Jn 15:16

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I chose you from the world,
That you may go and bear fruit that will last, says the Lord.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 6:12-19

Jesus departed to the mountain to pray,
and he spent the night in prayer to God.
When day came, he called his disciples to himself,
and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named Apostles:
Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew,
James, John, Philip, Bartholomew,
Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus,
Simon who was called a Zealot,
and Judas the son of James,
and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.

And he came down with them and stood on a stretch of level ground.
A great crowd of his disciples and a large number of the people
from all Judea and Jerusalem
and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon
came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases;
and even those who were tormented by unclean spirits were cured.
Everyone in the crowd sought to touch him
because power came forth from him and healed them all.


Daily Meditation: 1 Corinthians 6:1-11

It is . . . a failure on your part that you have lawsuits against one another. (1 Corinthians 6:7)

We all know what it's like to be at odds with someone. We've experienced misunderstanding, conflict, even animosity with other people. And that means we're not so different from the Corinthian believers whom Paul admonishes in today's first reading. They just couldn't seem to resolve conflicts among themselves. They spent a lot of time suing one another, likely over petty differences. And Paul told them that needed to stop.

Paul wasn't condemning the legal system. He was encouraging the Corinthians not to give up on each other. He wanted them to make every effort to settle their own disagreements and live in peace with one another. And that's good advice for us too.

How good are you at resolving your differences with other people? So many of the conflicts we experience spring from our own selfishness or stubbornness, which can divide us from one another. And that's something we can change. How? Look back at Paul's words to the Corinthians and consider your role in a conflict you are involved in. Are there ways in which you are "inflicting injustice" in that situation (1 Corinthians 6:8)? If so, take responsibility for that, and seek the grace of forgiveness and reconciliation.

Of course, there are circumstances in which you really are not the one at fault, and other times when you need to seek the remedy of law. But for many of the conflicts we routinely face, the best way to find peace is to make sure our own lives are in order. Then we'll be better able to treat our brothers and sisters in Christ with the humility and the respect they deserve. We might even become more willing to put up with a little inconvenience. Patience, generosity, and understanding can do wonders in helping to resolve personal differences.

So let's take responsibility. Let's practice going out of our way to be generous and forgiving. Let's not give up on one another. You might be surprised how effective it is when we welcome Jesus' peace into our relationships.

"Lord, make me an instrument of your peace."

Psalm 149:1-6, 9
Luke 6:12-19


From today's 1st Holy Scripture:
"Do you not know that the holy ones will judge the world?"
Is it right that the holy ones should be the ones to judge the world?

Well, who do you trust for advice and or counseling? Who do you go to for life decisions? Who do you turn to? It should indeed be the holy ones that will always direct us to God Himself, and His holiness, and humility, and righteous truth.


We pray today;
" The Lord takes delight in his people. Let the faithful exult in glory; let them sing for joy upon their couches;
Let the high praises of God be in their throats. This is the glory of all his faithful. Alleluia."


In the Gospel today we heard:
"Jesus departed to the mountain to pray,
and he spent the night in prayer to God."

Who spends the night in prayer to God? Very few if any take this much heart, for fasting, for leveraging, for prayer offered in decision making. We are to learn. Pray before important decisions, the more, the better. Offer sacrifice too, fasting, and mortification. And so our Lord us the way.

From Bishop Barron today:
"Friends, after Jesus names his twelve Apostles in today's Gospel, he heals a multitude of people. And that multitude represents us, for we all stand in need of the Savior's healing touch.
We are made for love and connection and justice and nonviolence, but at every turn and in every way we are twisted in the direction of hatred, separation, injustice, and violence. We are, as St. Augustine put it, wandering in the land of dissimilitude and in the grip of the libido dominandi. The contemporary philosopher René Girard has reminded us that all of our social arrangements are marked by scapegoating and oppression.
The human race is best characterized as a dysfunctional spiritual family, all of us having been marked from birth by the effects of sin. Sin has found its way into every aspect of human life, personally and institutionally. We would be hopelessly naïve to think otherwise.
And so we need not just a philosopher or social theorist or political activist or military hero, but a Savior, someone who can break into our dysfunction from the outside and heal us."

"A great crowd ...came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases;
and even those who were tormented by unclean spirits were cured."

Our Lord called His learn, to watch, for them to do what He was doing.

I'm sure most of us follow our Lord, but never think we could do what He did.
I'm in the seat of my father's business, now that he passed away. I never really wanted to do what he did, I enjoyed following along. Rarely did I question his thoughts, except once or twice, but for the most part, I just enjoyed being a sidekick. I'm used to being in second place. Now, don't get me wrong, I would consider myself a natural born leader, I've no problem speaking in front of hundreds, or directing events, or jobs, or organizations. But I never wanted to even think of the day of not having my dad as leader. God help me, here I am today.
Now, I say all this as I think of the Apostles, who lost their great leader and they'd soon find themselves having to do what our Lord did, preaching, healing, curing the sick and delivering them from evil spirits.
And they just had to do it. And so it is, to this very day. Bishops carry on the very responsibility of our Lord...with authority given from God on high.

Now, in turn, they depend on priests to preach, teach, heal, cure, and so forth, as if to be the very hands of Christ, and indeed they are in the Sacraments.
So, let's go back to the holy ones. Who do you seek counsel from? I'd say very few seek counseling first from priests. It is said that we should be seeking spiritual direction, at least once a month. And in matters of life or death...always seek him.

And then, we are asked to be what we are born with...holiness.

Then we are asked too, to preach, teach, heal, and cure people from evil maladies.

And the cycle begins anew. We raise children to be the holy ones. Even if you are not married or have children, you are part of children's lives one way or the other. What the world needs is Christ, and Christ in you.

Lord, how we need You, we really do need Thee! I see how the youth talk now, how they lost souls, lost in darkness, in great need of Thy beautiful light. May we be Thy Light to show them to Thee forever!


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