Translation And Comment By Father C. C. Martindale, S.J.
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FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOKI.
IN-rttoer. (Ps. xxvi.) The Lord is my enlightening and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the protector of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? My enemies that afflict me—it is they who have been weakened, and do fall!—Though whole armies should be arrayed against me, my heart shall not fear! Glory.
PRAYER. Grant unto us, 0 Lord, that by Thy governing the whole world's course may be ordered peaceably for us, and also, that Thy Church may rejoice in undisturbed devotion. Through.
The value of this Prayer just now is evident.
EPISTLE (Romans viii.) Brethren—I reckon that the sufferings of this life are worth nothing in comparison with the glory that shall be revealed in us! For what Creation is yearning for, is, the full revelation of the Sons of God. For Creation was enslaved to—what was really nothing; not by its own choice, but because of Him who thus enslaved her thet she might hope. Yes, for Nature itself shall be delivered from enslavement and corruption into the liberty of the glory or the Sons of God. Fer we know that every part of Created Nature is groaning and in travail right up to now. And not even Nature alone. but we too who have within us the first-fruits of the Spirit—we too groan within ourselves, yearning for (the state proper to) the Adoption of Sons (i.e. the condition in which Adopted Sonssuch as indeed we are—
might expect to be living), that is, the redemption of our very bodies, in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Si. Pau/ encourages us—our suffering present counts for nothing compared with our free and glorious future. All the world is straining towards a future. Creation is constantly enslaving itself to what has no reality about it—no lasting value emptiness. The world, he says boldly, did not make itself like that, but its Creator did. He made the world imperfect. precisely that it always might hope—hope for a glorious escape from anything that decays, anything that imprisons. St. Paul sees Creation—Nature (even inanimate) aching and groaning in its desire for something better : the World is like a woman in travail, straining towards a future, a New Birth. Why, even we, he says, we " graced" Christians, in whom the Holy Spirit is living but in whom He has not fully triumphed yet. groan for something better even than what he have got, for our bodies are run only doomed to die, but. are restive, and fight against our souls. We are God's truly adopted sons, but not yet living as such sons hope to live, and are destined to live.—Hence, hope for that! Pray and strain forward for that!
GRADUAL (Ps. lsxviii.) Be merciful, 0 Lord, to our sins, lest ever the pagans say: " Where is theft God?"—Help us, 0 Lord our Rescue, and for the honour of Thy Name, rescue us.—Alleluia, alleluia! (Ps.
ix.) 0 God, who art throned upon Thy throne, be Thou the refuge of the poor in their affliction.
The Gradual asks that the sight of those who profess to be God-servers. Christians, Catholics. and of their sins, may not lead " pagans" to say: " They are as bad as we. Their God can do nothing for them."
GOSPEL (Lk. v.) This is so long that we synopsise it. Jesus was preaching by the lake-side. The crowds kept pressing Him back into the very water. He saw two boats, and asked to use them, and got into one, which was Simon Peter's. He said " Row out a stroke or two," and taught the people from the water. Then He said: " Row out into deep water, and let down your nets." They said, they had worked all night and taken nothing: "None the less, at Thy word, we will let down the net." They caught so much. that their nets began to break. They called the others, and both
boats were filled. Peter was frightened: he felt too close to Miracle. He begged our Lord to go away, " for I am a sinful man." Our Lord told him not to fear: " henceforward thou shalt be taking men!" So they rowed back, left all, and followed Him.
A lesson! Our Lord comes into our heart. .He asks us to make a small be ginning. " Row a stroke or two We do so—soon He will tell us to launch out into deep water: to do more —mach more. Work for Him. . . " We have tried and tried with F10 results." " Try again, with Me here!'' We try, and God gives us wonderful results—such results as almost to frighten us. Bra we would have not none of them had we not (i) trusted; (ii) tried. Exactly such is what the " Pope of Catholic Action" says to every layman and laywoman in our clay.
OFFERTORY (PS. xii.) Give light to my eyes, lest ever I go to sleep in death: lest ever my enemy might say: "I have prevailed against him," OFFERTORY PRAYER. Accept our Offerings, 0 Lord, and be appeased; and " even when our wills rebel, Towards Thee, 0 Lord, our wills compel," in Thy good mercy. Through.
We have put those words in inverted commas because they are a quotation, twice used by the Missal, from St. Augustine.
CoatattosioN. (Ps. xvii.) The Lord is my firm foothold and my refuge and my liberator : my God! my Helper!
POST-COMMUNION, We pray Thee, Lord, that the mysteries we have received may purify us, and preserve us by their own special function. Through.
We have used the ugly word " function" so as to be brief. It is the essential work—you might actually soy " job" of Holy Communion both to get rid of what is had in us. and to preserve and improve what is good.