Translation And Comment By Father C. C. Martindale, Sl.
INTROIT. (Ps. xii.) 0 Lord, in Thy mercy have I hoped; my heart hath exulted in Thy salvation: I will sing to the Lord, who hath given good things to me. How long, 0 Lord, wilt Thou utterly forget me? how long wilt Thou turn away Thy face [rein me? Glory.
PRAYER. 0 Lord, the strength of them who trust in Thee, be mercifully present to our prayers: and since, without Thee, mortal failty can do nothing, grant us the help of Thy grace, so that in the following out of Thy commandments, we may please Thee both in will, and in act. Through.
ENHTLE. (1 in. iv.) Beloved: God is Love. Herein the Love of God is manifested amongst us, because God has sent His Sole-Begotten Son into the world, so that by means of Him we might live. Love —His Love—consists in this, that it is not we who (first) loved God, but because He Himself loved us, and sent His Son to be a propitiation for our sins. Beloved—if so indeed God loved us, even so do we owe to love one another. God no man saw ever—but if we love one another, God is dwelling in us, and His love reaches its perfection within us. Herein do we know that we remain in Him, and He within us, because He has given of His own Spirit to us! Yes, we have seen, and we bear witness, that the Father hath sent His Son, as the Saviour of the world. Every man who acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God —in him God abideth, and he in God. Ah yes, we indeed have known, and have rested our faith in the Love that God hath in our persons! God is Love; so, be who abides in Love, abides in God, and God abides in him. Herein the Love of God reaches its perfection in us—that we in the day of Judgment; because even as He is, can have free confidence so are we (even) in this world. In Love, fear cannot exist, but perfect Love casteth out fear—for fear contains punishment, so that he who still is frightened cannot be perfected in love. Ah! We love Him, because He first loved us. Ah 1 if a man say: " I love God," yet hateth his brother, he lies! For he who does not love his brother. whom he sees, how can he love God, whom he does not see? Yet from God have we this commandment. that he who loves God must love his brother also.
This epistle, as so often. begins in the middle of a sentence.. St. John does not suddenly announce that God is love, but begs Christians to love one another, because love comes front God. and anyone who thus loves is born of God and understands God. But the loveless man cannot understand God—because God is Love. The rest of the exquisite "epistle" needs no comment. Every sentence is material for a meditation. If you think that the sentences somewhat repeat themselves, remember that Si. John was very old when he wrote it, and that old men speak like that. But never. with the weakening of his body, did the essential Christian doctrine weaken in his mind.
GRADUAL. (Ps, xl.) I say-0 Lord. have mercy upon me—heal my soul, for 1 have sinned against Thee. Happy is he who understands about the destitute and the poor: in the evil day God shall save him! Alleluia, alleluia! (Ps. v.) Let Thine ears catch my words, 0 Lord! Understand Thou our cry! Alleluia.
GOSPEL. (Lk. vi.) At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: "Be merciful. even as your Father is merciful. Judge not, and you shall not be judged: condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you shall be forgiven. Give, and it shall be given you—full measure, pressed down, shaken together. and over-brimming shall they give into your hands. Yes: with what measure you yourselves measure out, it shall be measured back to you." He proceeded to relate a parable to them. " Now —can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both of them fall into the ditch? In Palestine. there were not pavements nor even always walls or hedges but only ditches between roads and fields. The disciple is not above his Master—but no man can be more perfect than his Master is! Listen — why do you notice the fleck of sawdust in your brother's eye, and never attend to the whole beam of wood in your own? And how ran you say to your brother—Brother, please let me take the fleck out of your eye—yourself quite unaware of the beam in your own? Hypocrite! First get the beam out of your own eye; and then you will see clear to extract the fleck out of your brother's eye.
This gospel provides extremely practical illustrations of St. John's generalisation about loving one's brother — or rather. St. John sums up the meaninrof the vivid instances and comparisons provided by our Lord in this passage.
OFFERTORY. (PS. v.) Give heed to the voice of my prayer, 0 my King, 0 my God —for 'tis to Thee that 1 will pray, 0 my God!
OFFERTORY PRAYER. Be pleased, 0 Lord. to accept our Sacrifice that to Thee are dedicated, and grant that it may avail for us unto an eternal sucoour. Through.
CosuatestioN. (Ps. ix.) I will relate all Thy marvellous acts! I will rejoice and exult in Thee—I will applaud Thy Name, 0 Thou most High!
Post-CommuNtoN. 0 Lord—filled full with such gifts, we pray grant to us that we may not only take to ourselves Thy saving gifts, but never cease from offering Thee Thy praise. Through.