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Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-17-05, Memorial, St Ignatius of Antioch, bishop & martyr American Bible ^ | 10-17-05 | New American Bible

Posted on 10/17/2005 9:47:16 AM PDT by Salvation

October 17, 2005
Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, bishop and martyr

Psalm: Monday 45

Reading I
Rom 4:20-25

Brothers and sisters:
Abraham did not doubt God’s promise in unbelief;
rather, he was empowered by faith and gave glory to God
and was fully convinced that what God had promised
he was also able to do.
That is why it was credited to him as righteousness.
But it was not for him alone that it was written
that it was credited to him;
it was also for us, to whom it will be credited,
who believe in the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead,
who was handed over for our transgressions
and was raised for our justification.

Responsorial Psalm
Luke 1:69-70, 71-72, 73-75

R. (see 68) Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people.
He has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty savior,
born of the house of his servant David.
R. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people.
Through his holy prophets he promised of old
that he would save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all who hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant.
R. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people.
This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.
R. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people.

Lk 12:13-21

Someone in the crowd said to Jesus,
“Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.”
He replied to him,
“Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbitrator?”
Then he said to the crowd,
“Take care to guard against all greed,
for though one may be rich,
one’s life does not consist of possessions.”

Then he told them a parable.
“There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest.
He asked himself, ‘What shall I do,
for I do not have space to store my harvest?’
And he said, ‘This is what I shall do:
I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones.
There I shall store all my grain and other goods
and I shall say to myself, “Now as for you,
you have so many good things stored up for many years,
rest, eat, drink, be merry!”’
But God said to him,
‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you;
and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’
Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself
but is not rich in what matters to God.”

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1 posted on 10/17/2005 9:47:21 AM PDT by Salvation
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2 posted on 10/17/2005 9:49:44 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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St.Ignatius Of Antioch (A.D.110)

Saint Ignatius Of Antioch Bishop, Martyr

Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr 17 October 107

3 posted on 10/17/2005 9:56:09 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Monday, October 17, 2005
St. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop, Martyr (Memorial)
First Reading:
Romans 4:20-25
Luke 1:69-75
Luke 12:13-21

O Sacred Heart of Jesus! I fly to Thee, I unite myself with Thee, I enclose myself to Thee! Receive this, my call for help, O my Saviour, as a sign of my horror of all within me contrary to Thy Holy Love. Let me rather die a thousand times than consent! Be Thou my Strength, O God: defend me, protect me. I am thine, and desire forever to be Thine!

-- St Margaret Mary Alocoque

4 posted on 10/17/2005 10:02:30 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Catholic Culture

All-powerful and ever-living God, you ennoble your Church with the heroic witness of all who give their lives for Christ. Grant that the victory of Saint Ignatius of Antioch may bring us your constant help as it brought him eternal glory. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

October 17, 2005 Month Year Season

Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, bishop and martyr

Old Calendar: St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, virgin

St. Ignatius is one of the great bishops of the early Church. He was the successor of St. Peter as Bishop of Antioch. He was condemned to death by wild beasts during the Emperor Trajan's persecution. On his way to Rome, he wrote seven magnificent letters, which we still have today, concerning the Person of Christ, his love for Christ, his desire for martyrdom and on the constitution of the Church and Christian life. His sentiments before his approaching martyrdom are summed in his word in the Communion antiphon, "I am the wheat of Christ, ground by the teeth of beasts to become pure bread."

Before the reform of the Roman Calendar in 1969, this was the memorial of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, virgin. In the present calendar, her feast is an optional memorial celebrated on October 16. St. Ignatius feast was celebrated on February 1.

St. Ignatius of Antioch
In the Martyrology we read: "At Rome, the holy bishop and martyr Ignatius. He was the second successor to the apostle Peter in the see of Antioch. In the persecution of Trajan he was condemned to the wild beasts and sent in chains to Rome. There, by the emperor's order, he was subjected to most cruel tortures in the presence of the Senate and then thrown to the lions. Torn to pieces by their teeth, he became a victim for Christ."

The bishop and martyr Ignatius occupies a foremost place among the heroes of Christian antiquity. His final journey from Antioch to Rome was like a nuptial procession and a Way of the Cross. For the letters he wrote along the way resemble seven stations of the Cross; they may also be called seven nuptial hymns overflowing with the saint's intense love for Christ Jesus and his longing to be united with Him. These letters are seven most precious jewels in the heirloom bequeathed to us by the Church of sub-apostolic times.

The year of St. Ignatius' death is unknown; perhaps it occurred during the victory festivities in which the Emperor Trajan sacrificed the lives of 10,000 gladiators and 11,000 wild beasts for the amusement of the bloodthirsty populace. The scene of his glorious triumph and martyrdom was most likely the Colosseum; that mammoth structure, glittering with gold and marble, had then been just completed.

"From Syria to Rome I must do battle with beasts on land and sea. For day and night I am chained to ten leopards, that is, the soldiers who guard me and grow more ferocious the better they are treated. Their mistreatment is good instruction for me, yet am I still far from justified. Oh, that I may meet the wild beasts now kept in readiness for me. I shall implore them to give me death promptly and to hasten my departure. I shall invite them to devour me so that they will not leave my body unharmed as already has happened to other witnesses. If they refuse to pounce upon me, I shall impel them to eat me. My little children, forgive me these words. Surely I know what is good for me. From things visible I no longer desire anything; I want to find Jesus. Fire and cross, wild beasts, broken bones, lacerated members, a body wholly crushed, and Satan's every torment, let them all overwhelm me, if only I reach Christ."

The saint, now condemned to fight the wild beasts, burned with desire for martyrdom. On hearing the roar of the lions he cried out: "I am a kernel of wheat for Christ. I must be ground by the teeth of beasts to be found bread (of Christ) wholly pure".

Excerpted from The Church's Year of Grace, Pius Parsch.

Patron: Church in eastern Mediterranean; Church in North Africa; throat diseases.

Symbols: Chains; lions; bishop surrounded by lions; heart with IHC; crucifix; heart.

Things to Do:Find the epistles of St. Ignatius. Read and meditate upon his words; Meditate on the words of St. Ignatius in the Communion Antiphon. Are we able to accept martyrdom, either bodily death, or "white martyrdom"? Jesus Himself was the Grain of wheat who had to die to bear fruit. The fruit produced is the Mystical Body, the Church. Pius Parsch explains that: "In turn each Christian becomes a grain of wheat that matures for the mill of martyrdom! Read the Communion as if it were your own composition. I, a kernel of wheat! I, too, am destined for the mill of suffering, to be ground — not only was it true of Ignatius. What type of beasts' teeth will crush me? Persecution? Pain and suffering? Other people? It makes no difference, the kernel must die, either buried in the ground to produce another stalk or crushed to become bread. Is not this our destiny in life, to die to self or to lose ourselves in service to others?" (The Church's Year of Grace, Advent to Candlemas, The Liturgical Press, 1964)

  • Plant some wheat to help the children visualize grains or kernels of wheat

  • Bake a Lion Cake

  • Bake wheat bread or make something with wheat kernels. Hot cross buns or pretzels in their traditional shape remind of us the cross which we must embrace, as St. Ignatius did.

5 posted on 10/17/2005 10:07:09 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation
American Catholic’s Saint of the Day

October 17, 2005
St. Ignatius of Antioch
(d. 107?)

Born in Syria, Ignatius converted to Christianity and eventually became bishop of Antioch. In the year 107, Emperor Trajan visited Antioch and forced the Christians there to choose between death and apostasy. Ignatius would not deny Christ and thus was condemned to be put to death in Rome.

Ignatius is well known for the seven letters he wrote on the long journey from Antioch to Rome. Five of these letters are to Churches in Asia Minor; they urge the Christians there to remain faithful to God and to obey their superiors. He warns them against heretical doctrines, providing them with the solid truths of the Christian faith.

The sixth letter was to Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna, who was later martyred for the faith. The final letter begs the Christians in Rome not to try to stop his martyrdom. "The only thing I ask of you is to allow me to offer the libation of my blood to God. I am the wheat of the Lord; may I be ground by the teeth of the beasts to become the immaculate bread of Christ."

Ignatius bravely met the lions in the Circus Maximus.


Ignatius's great concern was for the unity and order of the Church. Even greater was his willingness to suffer martyrdom rather than deny his Lord Jesus Christ. Not to his own suffering did Ignatius draw attention, but to the love of God which strengthened him. He knew the price of commitment and would not deny Christ, even to save his own life.


"I greet you from Smyrna together with the Churches of God present here with me. They comfort me in every way, both in body and in soul. My chains, which I carry about on me for Jesus Christ, begging that I may happily make my way to God, exhort you: persevere in your concord and in your community prayers" (Ignatius of Antioch, Letter to the Church at Tralles).

6 posted on 10/17/2005 10:10:37 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

Faith-sharing bump.

7 posted on 10/17/2005 10:17:57 AM PDT by Ciexyz (Let us always remember, the Lord is in control.)
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Good morning/afternoon!

8 posted on 10/17/2005 10:28:41 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation
Here's another passage from the excellent book, "The Rise of Benedict XVI: The Inside Story of How the Pope Was Elected and Where He Will Take the Catholic Church" by John L. Allen Jr., Vatican correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter. This is a respectful book about the Pope's election.

WHY RATZINGER WON - The Best Campaign Staff
(Page 122-123)....despite not campaigning for the job, Ratzinger had the best campaign staff. For years, a core group of cardinals, composed of curial figures and admirers from other parts of the world, had been determined to see him elected. The new pope has talked about the future of Christianity in the West as a creative minority that has an outsized impact on the broader culture, and in miniature, that seems to have been the story of the 2005 conclave.

In June of 2004, for example, I interviewed a Latin American cardinal...his blunt comment was: "I would like very much Ratzinger." In the spring of 2003, I sat at a cafe in the Piazza of Santa Maria in...Rome with a cardinal from another part of the world....This cardinal's unambiguous view was "Ratzinger is the man the church needs as pope." Neither man works in the Roman Curia. Going into the conclave of 2005, there was no mystery that Ratzinger would have votes. During the interregnum, these cardinals were by far the most determined and organized force in the preconclave politics. One cardinal who played a key role in this regard was Schonborn, who insisted repeatedly that it was "God's will" that Ratzinger become pope. No other candidate had anything like this committed base of support.

Inside the conclave, Ratzinger's base managed to get out to a quick lead and built on it, while the possible alternatives foundered. All of which goes to show that forming a consensus isn't always a matter of crafty horse-trading, but of having the fastest horse!

9 posted on 10/17/2005 10:29:42 AM PDT by Ciexyz (Let us always remember, the Lord is in control.)
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More on Cardinal Christoph Schonborn of Vienna, who author John L. Allen Jr. calls "perhaps the closest thing to a kingmaker in the conclave of 2005" (p. 100).

"By all accounts, one of the most articulate and forceful organizers of the pro-Ratzinger campaign was...Schonborn...."

Such a passion is hardly surprising, given the close ties between Schonborn and Ratzinger, which some have said is almost like a father/son dynamic. As a young Dominican theologian, Schonborn joined one of Ratzinger's seminars while completing postdoctoral work at Regensburg, and later became a regular at annual gatherings of Ratzinger's students. More than fifteen years ago, under Ratznger's patronage, Schonborn and two other priests started a residence in Rome for young men discerning a vocation to the priesthood. The young men there are steeped in the theological works of Hans Urs von Balthasar, Henri de Lubac, and Adrienne von Speyr, a visionary and lifelong collaborator with Balthasar. Over the years Ratzinger sometimes spent an evening there, and was in the habit of attending a board meeting in February. In 1987, Ratzinger named Schonborn the general editor of the new universal Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Yet no one suggests that Schonborn played the role in 2005 that his predecessor as the cardinal of Vienna, Franz Konig, played in 1978, thrusting a relatively unknown cardinal of Krakow into the limelight as a papal contender. Joseph Ratzinger was anything but unknown, especially within this electoral college, and he entered with a determined base of support that did not need Schonborn's encouragement. What Schonborn was able to provide was a passionate testimony about Ratzinger's character and heart that apparently had impact among a few fence-sitting electors.

In the week prior to the conclave, most cardinals said, the election of Joseph Ratzinger did not yet appear to them a shoo-in.

10 posted on 10/17/2005 10:42:47 AM PDT by Ciexyz (Let us always remember, the Lord is in control.)
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11 posted on 10/17/2005 10:43:59 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Ciexyz
I recommend the book "The Rise of Benedict XVI": Published by Doubleday, copyright 2005 by John L. Allen, Jr., ISBN 0-385-51320-8. 249 pages. $19.95 US, $27.95 Canada

The ending of the book:

...given the inner fire that still lights those piercing eyes of Joseph Ratzinger, one imagines that he will nevertheless get up, day after day, for whatever time divine providence allots him, putting his indelible mark on the Catholic Church and on history. No one who has read this Pope, who has spoken with this Pope, no one who understands the depth of his thought and the gravity of the crisis he believes stands before him, can fail to see that his papacy will be marked by the spirit of Chicago architect Daniel Burnham: "Make no little plans," Burnham said. "They have no magic to stir men's blood."

Benedict XVI, whatever else history may eventually say of him, will not preside over a pontificate of small plans.

12 posted on 10/17/2005 10:53:12 AM PDT by Ciexyz (Let us always remember, the Lord is in control.)
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To: trisham

From your tagline, I must ask, what's a "bupki"??? (smile)

13 posted on 10/17/2005 10:54:46 AM PDT by Ciexyz (Let us always remember, the Lord is in control.)
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14 posted on 10/17/2005 10:57:23 AM PDT by NYer (“Socialism is the religion people get when they lose their religion")
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To: Ciexyz

"Bupkis" -- Zero, Nothing. :)

15 posted on 10/17/2005 10:58:27 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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I am particularly fond of the Anglican collect for this day:

Almighty God,
we praise your Name for your Bishop and martyr Ignatius of Antioch,
who offered himself as grain to be ground by the teeth of wild beasts
that he might present to you the pure bread of sacrifice.
we pray,
the willing tribute of our lives
and give us a share in the pure and spotless offering of your Son Jesus Christ;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God,
forever and ever.

16 posted on 10/17/2005 11:08:48 AM PDT by lightman (The Office of the Keys should be exercised as some ministry needs to be exorcised.)
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“Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.”

This reminds me of how my sisters would ask our mom for her intervention..."Mom, please tell Joe to stop bothering us!"

In a humorous mood, once I remembered to pray for a favor to help me find a missing item. "Use a childlike faith!" I reminded myself.

And so I prayed, "Dear Jesus, please tell St. Anthony to do his job and help me find my keys! Amen."

I found my keys...but only after apologizing to St Anthony.
17 posted on 10/17/2005 12:23:50 PM PDT by SaltyJoe (A mother's sorrowful heart and personal sacrifice redeems her lost child's soul.)
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Mass bump,Thank you Salvation.

18 posted on 10/17/2005 4:29:35 PM PDT by fatima (I close my eyes, only for a moment, and the moment's gone)
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Thanks for all your input about this nenw book.

19 posted on 10/17/2005 4:36:35 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Great link! Thank you.

20 posted on 10/17/2005 4:37:24 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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21 posted on 10/17/2005 4:38:48 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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nenw book.


new book.

22 posted on 10/17/2005 4:40:02 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Homily of the Day

Homily of the Day

Title:   How Much Is Enough?
Author:   Monsignor Dennis Clark, Ph.D.
Date:   Monday, October 17, 2005

Romans 4:20-25 / Lk 12:13-21

Today's gospel raises a perennial human question: how much is enough? And the answer as we usually feel it, even if we don't say it, is 'just a little bit more.' It's strange how that answer can be so consistent at every economic level: What would you like? What do you need? Just a little bit more. And what does that tell us? That there will never be enough to fill us full, as long as we look in the wrong places. The only one who can ever fill us full is the Lord, who made us for himself and who made our hearts to be satisfied by no one and no thing less than himself.

The rich man in the gospel was caught in that trap. His definition of success was very simply 'more.' So, when the harvest exceeded all his expectations, his response was to tear down his barns and build bigger ones to hold 'more.' On the one hand that seems so logical, but on the other, why tear down the barns, why not share the excess which he obviously didn't need and certainly hadn't expected?

This man was known as rich, but in fact he was poor, because he didn't know how to make the most of God's gifts. He didn't know that the greatest joy in having something is in being able to share it or even give it away. That's God-like joy, and it's the joy that God wants us to grow accustomed to now, because that kind of sharing of life is what heaven is all about.


23 posted on 10/17/2005 4:41:56 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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The Word Among Us

Monday, October 17, 2005

Luke 12:13-21

Jesus had just spoken at length to the crowd about essential matters of belief: knowing that we are beloved of the Father and have great worth in his eyes, and trusting our lives to the care and guidance of the Holy Spirit. And just then, someone interrupts. “Tell my brother to share with me,” he demands. It’s a wonder Jesus didn’t tear his hair out sometimes! Aside from its rudeness, the interruption portrays for us the kind of distractions that only keep us impoverished.

Jesus taught that it is not lack of material possessions that makes us poor. Rather, preoccupation with what and how much we have—and how to get more of it—impoverishes us. Why? Because it moves us to disregard the things that matter to God. It shifts our thoughts and efforts from serving the Creator and makes us slaves to created things instead. Jesus doesn’t say material possessions are bad or to be despised. He is clear, however, that “one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions” (Luke 12:15).

What are the things that matter to God? First, that we would know personally his love for us. He created us out of love, and he loves us always. He will always take care of us because we matter to him (Luke 12:7,24,30-31). Jesus died and was raised from the dead that we might experience and share in God’s life through his Holy Spirit. Confident in his love for us, we love and serve him by loving and serving others.

These are the things that matter to God (Matthew 22:36-39). We can steep ourselves in these riches! Every prayer time, we can tell God how much we love him. Better still, we can open our hearts and minds to receive his love. Every word of Scripture can become a treasure illustrating God’s immeasurable love for us and how we can respond to that love. Psalms and hymns and worshipful music throughout our day can draw us back to him, even if we listen for just a few minutes. Reading the lives of the saints or spiritual books, attending daily Mass—through all these ways, we can soak ourselves in the things that matter, storing up treasure that will last (Luke 12:33).

“Father, help me to keep focused on you today. Show me how to store up riches in heaven. I trust you to care for me and provide for me.”

Romans 4:20-25; (Psalm) Luke 1:69-75

24 posted on 10/17/2005 8:36:21 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Lk 12:13-21
# Douay-Rheims Vulgate
13 And one of the multitude said to him: Master, speak to my brother that he divide the inheritance with me. ait autem quidam ei de turba magister dic fratri meo ut dividat mecum hereditatem
14 But he said to him: Man, who hath appointed me judge or divider over you? at ille dixit ei homo quis me constituit iudicem aut divisorem super vos
15 And he said to them: Take heed and beware of all covetousness: for a man's life doth not consist in the abundance of things which he possesseth. dixitque ad illos videte et cavete ab omni avaritia quia non in abundantia cuiusquam vita eius est ex his quae possidet
16 And he spoke a similitude to them, saying: The land of a certain rich man brought forth plenty of fruits. dixit autem similitudinem ad illos dicens hominis cuiusdam divitis uberes fructus ager adtulit
17 And he thought within himself, saying: What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? et cogitabat intra se dicens quid faciam quod non habeo quo congregem fructus meos
18 And he said: This will I do: I will pull down my barns and will build greater: and into them will I gather all things that are grown to me and my goods. et dixit hoc faciam destruam horrea mea et maiora faciam et illuc congregabo omnia quae nata sunt mihi et bona mea
19 And I will say to my soul: Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years. Take thy rest: eat, drink, make good cheer. et dicam animae meae anima habes multa bona posita in annos plurimos requiesce comede bibe epulare
20 But God said to him: Thou fool, this night do they require thy soul of thee. And whose shall those things be which thou hast provided? dixit autem illi Deus stulte hac nocte animam tuam repetunt a te quae autem parasti cuius erunt
21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself and is not rich towards God. sic est qui sibi thesaurizat et non est in Deum dives

25 posted on 10/17/2005 9:39:01 PM PDT by annalex
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To: annalex

The Rich Fool
Rembrandt Van Rijn

26 posted on 10/17/2005 9:40:22 PM PDT by annalex
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One Bread, One Body

One Bread, One Body


<< Monday, October 17, 2005 >> St. Ignatius of Antioch
Romans 4:20-25 Luke 1:69-75 Luke 12:13-21
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"Then I will say to myself: You have blessings in reserve for years to come. Relax!" —Luke 12:19

Jesus called the rich farmer a "fool" for preparing his own future. Many in America are treading the same "wide road" as did the farmer (see Mt 7:13). Many in our nation and throughout the world do not interpret this scenario through the eyes of Jesus.

God knows we tend to rely on our own provision rather than His fathering. He has promised to always provide all that we need (see Mt 6:24-34). However, God knows how weak we are. He knows if we had a year's supply of food, we'd likely "relax" (Lk 12:19) and not think to turn to Him until our supply was running out. We would be forgetting God for months instead of growing in a constant, loving, trusting relationship with our Abba. That's why Jesus teaches us to only pray for what we need today (Mt 6:11).

We are fools when we trust in years of financial security instead of trusting in God (Lk 12:20). In the USA, our money contains the motto "In God we trust." Jesus, the Bible, and even our coins and paper dollars shout to us to trust in God alone. He has promised to supply all that we need (Phil 4:19; Mt 6:32-33). "What is needed is trust" (Mk 5:36).

Prayer: Father, I repent of being a fool with money. I decide to radically trust in You and be a fool for You (1 Cor 4:10).
Promise: Abraham "never questioned or doubted God's promise; rather, he was strengthened in faith and gave glory to God, fully persuaded that God could do whatever He had promised." —Rm 4:20-21
Praise: St. Ignatius trusted in God the most when awaiting his assigned martyrdom of being thrown to wild beasts for his faith.

27 posted on 10/17/2005 11:53:02 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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A Voice in the Desert

October 17, 2005   Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading (Romans 4:20-25)     Gospel (St. Luke 12:13-21)

Our Lord tells us in the Gospel reading that we have to guard against all forms of greed. Now this is an American problem. Obviously, it is a human problem, but an American one in a very specific way because there is so much materialism all around us and what we tend to do as Americans is to judge ourselves according to others by how much we have. That really is the wrong thing. It is an interesting point because it is actually one of the Planned Parenthood ways of trying to present things: If you have a number of children, you are only going to have a little bit of stuff and you are going to be poor and isn’t this going to be a rotten way to live; but if you only have one or two kids, you are going to have lots of money and you will have more material things and then life will be a whole lot easier for you. Well, it is interesting that in Scripture children are considered to be the riches and the blessing that God has given. In America, money is what seems to be the blessing. So we seem to have ourselves completely opposite of what God Himself has presented.  

It is not that the money itself is something evil; as Saint Paul makes clear, it is love of money that is the root of all evil; it is that greed. This is something that as we get older especially we need to watch for. There is the old saying that “lust is the sin of the young and greed is the sin of the elderly.” We just simply shift our selfishness is really all that it comes down to. It is a matter of what form it is going to take, but it is all focused on the self. At the end of the Gospel reading, Jesus says, This is the way it will be for the man who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich in what matters to God. That, again, is what we have to make sure we are looking at. How much are we focused on ourselves? How much are we focused on God? The Lord makes clear to us that we have to store up treasure in heaven, not treasure on earth. It is all going to be left behind anyway, so what good is it going to do? Are we really happier because we have more things?  

I always chuckle when I drive past these places that are springing up everywhere: storage places. You can rent a storage place and you can put all the things that you have accumulated because they do not all fit into your house, your garage, your basement, your shed, and every place else that you have to store your things. Now you can rent a garage specifically to store the overflow of all of your things. For what? You do not even look at them because they are stuffed away miles from your house. We are worse than squirrels burying things all over creation to see if they can come back and find them later. What good is it? What has it done to make anybody happy? It does not. 

Saint Paul tells us that what was credited to Abraham as righteousness is also meant for us, and it has to do with our faith in God; not our faith in all of our materialism, not our faith in money, but our faith in God. There is no one to whom it has been credited as righteousness because they have accumulated more of the things of the world. And there is absolutely no one to whom it is credited as righteousness because they are selfish. That is exactly the opposite of charity, and we are created for the purpose of charity, for love.  

So when we see what our society is presenting–selfishness and materialism and greed–we see that this is diametrically opposed to everything that God is about because He is about charity. He is about everything that is opposite of what is selfish. He wants us to have true freedom, and true freedom means to be free of all of the things that the world is offering. One of the things the saints tell us, in case we get worried about what we are going to do without all our junk, is that when you are detached from everything then you have everything because you have God, and absolutely everything exists within God. Nothing exists unless it exists within Him; therefore, everything is yours because you were willing to let go of everything, and God will provide it all for you. 

As we look at that, we ask ourselves: Do we have the faith of Abraham who believed that the One Who made the promise was also able to carry it through? Do we really believe in God and in everything that He has promised? This is where it is not enough just to have that generic belief that God exists. We have to put it into practice, we have to pray for detachment, we have to work at getting rid of all of our selfishness and all of our greed, and not rent more storage space so we can store up treasure on earth, but we have to make sure that the real storehouse is the soul and that we are storing up for ourselves treasure in heaven.  

*  This text was transcribed from the audio recording with minimal editing.       

28 posted on 10/17/2005 11:55:34 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: All

From: Romans 4:20-25

The Example of Abraham (Continuation)

[20] No distrust made him (Abraham) waver concerning the promise of God,
but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, [21] fully convinced
that God was able to do what he had promised. [22] That is why his faith
was "reckoned to him as righteousness." [23] But the words, "it was
reckoned to him," were written not for his sake alone, [24] but for ours also.
It will be reckoned to us who believe in him that raised from the dead Jesus
our Lord, [25] who was put to death for our trespasses and raised for our


24-25. The faith of which St Paul is speaking includes among its basic
truths the redemptive Death of Christ and his Resurrection, two events
which are indissolubly linked, two ways in which God's justice and mercy
are manifested.

Source: "The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries". Biblical text
taken from the Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries
made by members of the Faculty of Theology of the University of
Navarre, Spain. Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock,
Co. Dublin, Ireland.

29 posted on 10/18/2005 7:51:40 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: All

From: Luke 12:13-21

Parable of the Rich Fool

[13] One of the multitude said to Him (Jesus), "Teacher, bid my brother
divide the inheritance with me." [14] But He said to him, "Man, who
made Me a judge or divider over you?" [15] And He said to them, "Take
heed, and beware of all covetousness; for man's life does not consist
in the abundance of his possessions." [16] And He told them a parable,
saying, "The land of a rich man brought forth plentifully; [17] and he
thought to himself, `What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my
crops?' [18] And he said, `I will do this: I will store all my grain
and my goods. [19] And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample
goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, be merry.'
[20] But God said to him, `Fool! This night your soul is required of
you; and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?' [21] So is
he who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God."


13. This man is only interested in his own problems; he sees in Jesus
only a teacher with authority and prestige who can help sort out his
case (cf. Deuteronomy 21:17). He is a good example of those who
approach religious authorities not to seek advice on the way they
should go in their spiritual life, but rather to get them to solve
their material problems. Jesus vigorously rejects the man's
request--not because He is insensitive to the injustice which may have
been committed in this family, but because it is not part of His
redemptive mission to intervene in matters of this kind. By His word
and example the Master shows us that His work of salvation is not aimed
at solving the many social and family problems that arise in human
society; He has come to give us principles and moral standards which
should inspire our actions in temporal affairs, but not to give us
precise, technical solutions to problems which arise; to that end He
has endowed us with intelligence and freedom.

15-21. After His statement in verse 15, Jesus tells the parable of the
foolish rich man: what folly it is to put our trust in amassing
material goods to ensure we have a comfortable life on earth,
forgetting the goods of the spirit, which are what really ensure
us--through God's mercy--of eternal life.

This is how St. Athanasius explained these words of our Lord: "A person
who lives as if he were to die every day--given that our life is
uncertain by definition--will not sin, for good fear extinguishes most
of the disorder of our appetites; whereas he who thinks he has a long
life ahead of him will easily let himself be dominated by pleasures"
("Adversus Antigonum").

19. This man's stupidity consisted in making material possession his
only aim in life and his only insurance policy. It is lawful for a
person to want to own what he needs for living, but if possession of
material resources becomes an absolute, it spells the ultimate
destruction of the individual and of society. "Increased possession is
not the ultimate goal of nations nor of individuals. All growth is
ambivalent. It is essential if man is to develop as a man, but in a
way it imprisons man if he considers it the supreme good, and it
restricts his vision. Then we see hearts harden and minds close, and
men no longer gather together in friendship but out of self-interest,
which soon leads to strife and disunity. The exclusive pursuit of
possessions thus becomes an obstacle to individual fulfillment and to
man's true greatness. Both for nations and for individual, avarice is
the most evident form of underdevelopment" ([Pope] Paul VI, "Populorum
Progressio", 19).

Source: "The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries". Biblical text
taken from the Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries
made by members of the Faculty of Theology of the University of
Navarre, Spain. Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock,
Co. Dublin, Ireland.

30 posted on 10/18/2005 7:53:08 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

I just wanted to pass on a hot tip on a good read!

31 posted on 10/18/2005 9:27:35 AM PDT by Ciexyz (Let us always remember, the Lord is in control.)
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