Tuesday, April 27, 2010

APRIL 28 SAINT LOUIS MARY DE MONTFORT

“Saint Louis Mary De Montfort”
Artist and Date are UNKNOWN
APRIL 28

SAINT LOUIS MARY DE MONTFORT, PRIEST


Biographical Information St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort [1]

Readings for the Memorial of Saint Louis Mary De Montfort

Readings and Commentary:
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FIRST READING:
1 Corinthians 1:18-25

Brothers and sisters:
The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing,
but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
For it is written:
I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the learning of the learned I will set aside.
Where is the wise one?
Where is the scribe?
Where is the debater of this age?
Has not God made the wisdom of the world foolish?
For since in the wisdom of God
the world did not come to know God through wisdom,
it was the will of God through the foolishness of the proclamation
to save those who have faith.
For Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom,
but we proclaim Christ crucified,
a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,
but to those who are called, Jews and Greeks alike,
Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom,
and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.
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Commentary on
1 Cor 1:18-25

St. Paul begins this selection refuting those who point to Christ’s crucifixion as proof of Jesus’ fallibility by saying that faith, graciously given by God allows the Christian to see the victory in what appears to the scoffers to be a defeat (“The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”) St. Paul supports his premise by quoting
Isaiah 29:14 attacking the “wisdom of the wise”. He calls Jesus a stumbling block for the Jews (probably because they expected a Royal Messiah taking power like King David) and again foolishness for the rational gentiles (Greeks) who pride themselves in logic – the cross is not logical for a savior.

St. Paul concludes by telling the community “those who were called”, that it is God who acts in them giving them faith (see also
Romans 9:16) and that in the face of God’s omnipotence all the wisdom and strength of humanity pales in comparison.

CCC: 1 Cor 1:18 268; 1 Cor 1:24-25 272
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RESPONSORIAL PSALM:
Psalm 40:2 and 4, 7-8a, 8b-9, 10

R. (8a and 9a) Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.

I have waited, waited for the LORD,
and he stooped toward me and heard my cry.
And he put a new song into my mouth,
a hymn to our God.
R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.

Sacrifice or offering you wished not,
but ears open to obedience you gave me.
Burnt offerings or sin-offerings you sought not;
then said I, "Behold I come."
R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.

In the written scroll it is prescribed for me,
To do your will, O my God, is my delight,
and your law is within my heart!"
R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.

I announced your justice in the vast assembly;
I did not restrain my lips, as you, O LORD, know.
R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
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Commentary on
Ps 40:2 and 4, 7-8a, 8b-9, 10

While Psalm 40 is a song of thanksgiving, it is also combined with a lament. The initial waiting is satisfied by favor shown by God to one who is faithful in service to Him. In these strophes is sung the thanksgiving of those who hear the voice of God and obey his words. This obedience is loved by God above ritual sacrifices. The Lord especially loves those who follow His law. Once heard, the good news is proclaimed to all the people.


CCC: Ps 40:7-9 LXX 462; Ps 40:7 2824
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GOSPEL:
Matthew 28:16-20

The Eleven disciples went to Galilee,
to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them.
When they saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted.
Then Jesus approached and said to them,
"All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.
And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age."
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Commentary on
Mt 28:16-20

This passage from the Gospel of St. Matthew presents “The Commissioning” monologue that concludes this Gospel. The doubting disciples are reassured that all the Lord had predicted, all the prophets had foretold had come to pass and the Lord now assumed his place with the Father. He then sends them out to continue His earthly mission. His command to them is an important one. “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” In this statement we receive the proper “form” and institution of the Sacrament of Baptism and the command to bring all nations to follow the Lord. He finally reassures them that he will be with them always.

CCC: Mt 28:16-20 857, 1444; Mt 28:16-17 645; Mt 28:17 644; Mt 28:18-20 1120; Mt 28:19-20 2, 767, 849, 1223, 1257, 1276
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Reflection:

St Louis Mary Grignion de Montfort (1673 - 1716)

We are sure that if St. Louis himself had selected the scripture readings for his memorial, he would have picked readings about the Blessed Mother. It was her to whom he consecrated himself and to whom he was singularly devoted. From him we see the heroic virtue of dedication to God’s mission on earth, taking the word of God and especially the means by which that word should be lived to God’s people.

He was a forceful preacher and because of this, those who had false notions about human nature as it relates to a holy life – especially
Jansenism which was rampant in his native France during the early 18th century, persecuted him to the point of having him expelled from France. He wrote extensively on the path to holiness found in praying the rosary and devotion to Mary. For this reason his cause is being put forward to be made a Doctor of the Church.

As exceptional as St. Louis was in his life, his crowning achievement may be the many he inspired to take up Christ’s work and promote the faith as the Gospel, especially St. Matthew’s Gospel today commands. It is work that we also are asked to do as a consequence of our own Baptism which, somewhat ironically, was commanded in the same passage.

Today we ask for the intercession of St. Louis Mary De Montfort, may his prayers support our efforts on behalf of the Lord and our devotion to Mary the Mother of God as our inspiration.

Pax

[1] The picture is “Saint Louis Mary De Montfort” Artist and Date are UNKNOWN
[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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