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Some apropos readings from the Feast of St. Ambrose December 7, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Bible, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Interior Life, Latin Mass, Liturgical Year, priests.

Both readings from the Traditional Latin Mass for the Feast of St. Ambrose, Doctor of the Church, have so much relevance for us in the Church today.

The Epistle is from 2 Timothy IV:1-8.

Dearly beloved, I charge thee, before God and Jesus Christ, who shall judge the living and the dead, by His coming and His Kingdom: preach the world: be instant in season, and out of season: reprove, entreat, rebuke in all patience and doctrine. For there shall be a time when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires they will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears, and will indeed turn away their hearing from the truth, but will be turned unto fables. But be thou vigilant, labour in all things, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil thy ministry. Be sober. For I am even now ready to be sacrificed, and the time of my dissolution is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course. I have kept the faith. As to the rest, there is laid up for me a crown of justice, which the Lord, the just Judge, will render to me in that day: and not only to me, but to them also that love His coming.

The Gospel is St. Matthew V:13-19

At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its savor, wherewith shall it be salted? It is good for nothing any more but to be cast out, and to be trodden on by men. You are the light of the world. A city seated on a mountain cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel but upon a candlestick, that it may shine to all that are in the house. So let your light shine before men that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father, who is in Heaven. Do not think that I am come to destroy the law, but to fulfil. For Amen I say to you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall not pass of the law, till all be fulfilled. [the jot and tittle being the two smallest characters in Hebrew, the equivalent of the dot on the i and the – on the t.] He therefore that shall break one of these least commandments, snd shall so teach men, shall be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven: but he that shall do and teach, he shall be called great in he Kingdom of Heaven.

In the traditional Mass, these readings are read for every Doctor of the Church.  And that is a great thing, because we need to be reminded frequently that there have always been men who have tried to subvert the Truth of Christ to their own ends, or to lower it to the fallen, false wisdom of the world.

In the new order of the Mass, however, the 3 year cycle of readings just keeps rolling on, irrespective of Saint or Feast most of the time. So today you have rather nonsensical readings from Isaiah and Matt 9.  The fabricators of the Novus Ordo were never terribly comfortable with proclaimations of error in Scripture, and avoided mentions of judgment like the plague.  Which, is rather ironic, isn’t it?  You can run, but you can’t hide, and all that.

I’ll leave it to the reader to decide how much those warnings are being adhered to in today’s Church.

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