Sunday, 7 September 2014

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

This Sunday's Gospel in the traditional calendar is St Luke 17: 11-19:

11 Et factum est, dum iret in Jerusalem, transibat per mediam Samariam et Galilæam. 12 Et cum ingrederetur quoddam castellum, occurrerunt ei decem viri leprosi, qui steterunt a longe: 13 et levaverunt vocem, dicentes: Jesu præceptor, miserere nostri. 14 Quos ut vidit, dixit: Ite, ostendite vos sacerdotibus. Et factum est, dum irent, mundati sunt. 15 Unus autem ex illis, ut vidit quia mundatus est, regressus est, cum magna voce magnificans Deum, 16 et cecidit in faciem ante pedes ejus, gratias agens: et hic erat Samaritanus. 17 Respondens autem Jesus, dixit: Nonne decem mundati sunt? et novem ubi sunt? 18 Non est inventus qui rediret, et daret gloriam Deo, nisi hic alienigena. 19 Et ait illi: Surge, vade: quia fides tua te salvum fecit.

11 Et factum est, dum iret in Jerusalem, transibat per mediam Samariam et Galilæam. 12 Et cum ingrederetur quoddam castellum, occurrerunt ei decem viri leprosi, qui steterunt a longe: 13 et levaverunt vocem, dicentes: Jesu præceptor, miserere nostri. 14 Quos ut vidit, dixit: Ite, ostendite vos sacerdotibus. Et factum est, dum irent, mundati sunt. 15 Unus autem ex illis, ut vidit quia mundatus est, regressus est, cum magna voce magnificans Deum, 16 et cecidit in faciem ante pedes ejus, gratias agens: et hic erat Samaritanus. 17 Respondens autem Jesus, dixit: Nonne decem mundati sunt? et novem ubi sunt? 18 Non est inventus qui rediret, et daret gloriam Deo, nisi hic alienigena. 19 Et ait illi: Surge, vade: quia fides tua te salvum fecit.

Matins readings in the Benedictine Office (from St Augustine)


Reading 9: The ten lepers "lifted up their voices and said: Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. And when He saw them, He said unto them Go, show yourselves unto the Priests. And it came to pass that, as they went, they were cleansed." Question why did the Lord send them unto the Priests, that, as they went, they might be cleansed Lepers were the only class among those upon whose bodies He worked mercy, whom we find that He sent unto the Priests. It is written in another place that He said to a leper whom He had cleansed " Go, and show thyself to the Priest, and offer for thy cleansing according as Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them" Luke v. 14, Lev. xiv. seq. 

Reading 10: We ask then, of what leprosy was a type, whereof they that were ridded were called, not "healed," but "cleansed." It is a disease which doth first appear in the skin, but destroyeth not immediately the strength, nor the use of feeling and the limbs. The lepers, therefore, we may not absurdly suppose such to be figured as have not the knowledge of the true faith, but do show forth divers-coloured teachings of error. They hide not their witlessness, but do use all such wit as they have to make it manifest, and proclaim it in high-sounding phrases. 

Reading 11: There is no false doctrine but hath some truth mixed up with it. A man's discourse then, with some truths in it unequally mingled with falsehoods, and all confounded in one mass, is like to the body of one that is stricken with leprosy, whereon all manner of foul colours do appear in this and that place along with the true colour of skin.

Reading 12: Such men as these are banished out of the walls of the Church, to the end that haply when they stand afar off they may lift up their voices and cry to Christ for pardon, just as those ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off, outside the village, lifted up their voices and said "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us." That they styled Him Master, by which title I know not if any besought the Lord for bodily healing, I think doth sufficiently show that leprosy signifieth false doctrine, whereof the Good Master doth cleanse us.

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