Monday, May 25, 2009

MAY 25 SAINT BEDE THE VENERABLE

"The Venerable Bede
Translates John"
by James Doyle Penrose
1862-1932
MAY 25

SAINT BEDE THE VENERABLE,
PRIEST AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH

Biographical Information about Saint Bede the Venerable

Readings for the Memorial of St. Bede [1]

Readings and Commentary:
[2]

FIRST READING
1 Corinthians 2:10b-16

Brothers and sisters:
The Spirit scrutinizes everything, even the depths of God.
Among men, who knows what pertains to the man
except his spirit that is within?
Similarly, no one knows what pertains to God except the Spirit of God.
We have not received the spirit of the world
but the Spirit who is from God,
so that we may understand the things freely given us by God.
And we speak about them not with words taught by human wisdom,
but with words taught by the Spirit,
describing spiritual realities in spiritual terms.
Now the natural man does not accept what pertains to the Spirit of God,
for to him it is foolishness, and he cannot understand it,
because it is judged spiritually.
'The one who is spiritual, however, can judge everything
but is not subject to judgment by anyone.
For who has known the mind of the Lord, so as to counsel him?
But we have the mind of Christ.
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Commentary on
1 Cor 2:10b-16

St. Paul continues his discourse on Christian Wisdom and perfection in the spirit. In this passage he talks about the discernment of things of the spirit, and how Christian Wisdom allows the faithful to discern the will of God ("…no one knows what pertains to God except the Spirit of God”). The “will of God” seems foolish to human wisdom (“…to him it is foolishness”). The Christian, however, has access to the Wisdom of God and is guided by it. (“But we have the mind of Christ.”)

CCC: 1 Cor 2:10-15 2038; 1 Cor 2:10-11 152; 1 Cor 2:11 687; 1 Cor 2:16 389
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RESPONSORIAL PSALM
Psalm 119:9, 10, 11, 12,13,14

R. (12) Lord, teach me your statutes.


How shall a young man be faultless in his way?
By keeping to your words.
R. Lord, teach me your statutes.


With all my heart I seek you;
let me not stray from your commands.
R. Lord, teach me your statutes.


Within my heart I treasure your promise,
that I may not sin against you.
R. Lord, teach me your statutes.


Blessed are you, O LORD;
teach me your statutes.
R. Lord, teach me your statutes.


With my lips I declare
all the ordinances of your mouth.
R. Lord, teach me your statutes.


In the way of your decrees I rejoice,
as much as in all riches.
R. Lord, teach me your statutes.
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Commentary on
Ps 119:9, 10, 11, 12,13,14

An acrostic poem; each of the eight verses of the first strophe (aleph) begins with the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet; each verse of the second strophe (beth) begins with the second letter; and so on for all 22 letters of the alphabet.

The entire work is in praise of the Law, and the joys to be found in keeping it. It is not "legalism" but a love and desire for the word of God in Israel's Law, which is the expression of the Lord's revelation of himself and his will for man.

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GOSPEL
Matthew 7:21-29

Jesus said to his disciples:
"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,'
will enter the Kingdom of heaven,
but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.
Many will say to me on that day,
`Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name?
Did we not drive out demons in your name?
Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?'
Then I will declare to them solemnly,
`I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers.'

"Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them
will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.
The rain fell, the floods came,
and the winds blew and buffeted the house.
But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock.
And everyone who listens to these words of mine
but does not act on them
will be like a fool who built his house on sand.
The rain fell, the floods came,
and the winds blew and buffeted the house.
And it collapsed and was completely ruined."

When Jesus finished these words,
the crowds were astonished at his teaching,
for he taught them as one having authority,
and not as their scribes.
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Commentary on
Mt 7:21-29

This is the final section of the first of five great discourses of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew. In it he broadens his attack on false prophets to include those who perform acts in his name but lead lives of sin. He uses the analogy of the house built upon sand and the house built upon rock to indicate that those how have a deep faith and act out of that faith have a strong foundation and can stand against adversity; while those who give the faith lip service and for others to see but do not have that deep faith will fall. He will not even recognize them when they come before him in final judgment.

CCC: Mt 7:21-27 1970; Mt 7:21 443, 1821, 2611, 2826; Mt 7:28-29 581
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Reflection:

The Memorial of St. Bede celebrates the life and wisdom he left for us as both example and knowledge passed on. His life is filled with examples of tireless faith and a compulsion to pass on the faith he held so dear to those who walked the path with the Lord. The Gospel proclaimed speaks of Jesus teaching about how one should know one who teaches truly in his name. In canonizing St. Bede, the Church recognizes his contributions to the body of its Teaching Magisterium and commends his words to us for our own edification.

Acclaimed as the greatest scholar of his day, we look at the example he left us and the legacy of his works and thank God for his gift of insight and faith. We use his example to help us understand that God gives us each gifts and expects us to use these gifts for His own glory. Part of what we are called to be is defined by those gifts. As the Venerable Bede described himself as a spiritual scholar, each of us is called also to search out an expression for the gifts given to us and by their use, bring glory to our Heavenly Father.

We conclude contemplating these words from St. Paul “The Spirit scrutinizes everything, even the depths of God. Among men, who knows what pertains to the man except his spirit that is within?

Pax

[1] The picture used is "The Venerable Bede Translates John" by James Doyle Penrose 1862-1932
[2] Text of Readings is taken from the New American Bible, Copyright © Libreria Editrice Vaticana, Excerpts from the English translation of The Roman Missal © 1973, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved.

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