MEMORIAL OF SAINT GREGORY THE GREAT, POPE AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH

September 3, 2018

1 Corinthians 2:1-5

 

When I came to you, brothers and sisters, I did not come proclaiming the mystery of God to you in lofty words or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I came to you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling. My speech and my proclamation were not with plausible words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God.

 

 

Psalm 119:97-102

 

Oh, how I love your law!
    

It is my meditation all day long.

Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies,
    

for it is always with me.

I have more understanding than all my teachers,
    

for your decrees are my meditation.

I understand more than the aged,
    

for I keep your precepts.

I hold back my feet from every evil way,
    

in order to keep your word.

I do not turn away from your ordinances,
    

for you have taught me.

 

 

Luke 4:16-30

 

When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

 

And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” He said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘Doctor, cure yourself!’ And you will say, ‘Do here also in your hometown the things that we have heard you did at Capernaum.’” And he said, “Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s hometown. But the truth is, there were many widows in Israel in the time of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a severe famine over all the land; yet Elijah was sent to none of them except to a widow at Zarephath in Sidon. There were also many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.” When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage. They got up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff. But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way. 

 

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Meditation

 

Today we read about the rocky beginning Jesus suffered in his ministry. From the beginning he spoke the truth yet people did not listen to him. In fact, they became so livid when they felt confronted by their own obstinacy of heart that they immediately tried to hurl him off a cliff. 

 

Today, people still oppose the Gospel of good news. Everything about Jesus is good and happy tidings for us yet how people still battle against him. Jesus showed us perfect obedience to the Father’s Will because he knew how to be obedient to the law in the spirit of the law. He saw the love of God inherent in the law and he took it to the next level. Id Jesus read “Thou shalt not kill”, he took it so to heart that he would literally die to bring new life into the world. If the law said, “Thou shalt not steal”, Jesus not only obeyed, he was a giver and forgave everything that he was owed. The law said, “Thou shalt not bear false witness”, and Jesus came to testify to the truth.

 

Today, take time to read the Ten Commandments or pick one to meditate on with a sense of perfect obedience to the Father’s Will.  

 

I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me.

You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.

Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work. But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God.

Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

You shall not murder.

You shall not commit adultery.

You shall not steal.

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

 

 

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