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In the midst of a Great Battle for your soul - Gospel of Saint Matthew 22:34-46
In the midst of a Great Battle for your soul
In the midst of a Great Battle for your soul
In the midst of a Great Battle for your soul
 
 
 

 
 

Jesus' Controversy with Pharisees by Ernst Christoph Philipp Zimmermann (1786-1832); talkofjesus.com

 
 

Gospel according to Saint Matthew 22:34-46

At that time, the Pharisees came to Jesus,
and one of them, a doctor of the Law, asked Him, tempting Him:
which is the great commandment in the Law?
Jesus said to him: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart,
and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind.
This is the greatest and the first commandment.
And the second is like to this: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
On these two commandments dependeth the whole Law and the prophets.
And the Pharisees being gathered together, Jesus asked them,
saying: what think you of Christ, whose son is He? They say to him: David’s.
He saith to them: How then doth David, in spirit, call Him Lord, saying:
the Lord said to my Lord: Sit on my right hand until I make Thy enemies Thy footstool?
If David then call Him Lord, how is He his son?
And no man was able to answer Him a word;
neither durst any man, from that day forth, ask Him any more questions.


Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost: Gospel Reading both in Latin and English, Fr. Charles Jeremiah Higgins; Homily by Fr. Juan Carlos Rivera Castro, S.J., based on the Gospel according to Saint Matthew 22:34-46; Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Parish, Newton, Massachusetts; September 16, 2018, 10:30 A.M. Tridentine Latin High Mass



My dear brothers and sisters,

On the one hand, today we are gathered in this church to celebrate the glorious Resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. And this fact should fill us with great joy and great consolation. On the other hand, as the prayers for today's Mass show us, there is war between heaven and hell. A war for your soul. Saint Ignatius in his Spiritual Exercises, asks the one who is doing the Exercises to imagine and to meditate on the two standards, the two flags.

On the one hand, the flag, the standard of the enemy of our souls, Satan, who sits in his throne in the city of Babylon. And, he calls all demons to him and he gives them a speech. In this speech, he tells the demons to go out into the world and put people in chains. He says, something like this: "make people, first, long for riches. This will lead them to desire (the) vain honor of the world. And from these two steps, a third will follow: they will become prideful. And, once you make them prideful every other sin will follow."

On the other hand, Saint Ignatius asks us to meditate on our True and Supreme Captian, our Lord Jesus Christ, who in the heavenly Jerusalem calls to Him all His friends and apostles. And, He also gives them a speech. He says, "Go into the world and proclaim my good news. Lead people to embrace spiritual poverty. And if I want them to embrace actual or real poverty, help them to love humilitations and contempt. And from these two things a third thing will follow: they will become humble. And from humility, all the other virtues will follow and flow from it."

This is an image of what may be happening at a cosmic level. We can see this happening in the world. You see sin and you see virtue all over the place. We see war; we see peace. But we know that this war is not only happening in (the) visible; it is not only happening in the world at large, but this is happening in your soul right now.

Right now in your heart, Satan and our Lord Jesus Christ are battling for your soul. And they want you for themselves. You may be attached to things. You may be attached to clothes, cars, houses, whatever. You may be attached to people, to friendships, to relationships that are for you more important than the relationship with our Lord and Saviour. You may be attached to ideas. You may be attached to your own way of seeing things, instead of looking for the things that Christ wants.

You may be longing for riches. You may want people to think great things about you. And you may be a prideful person. Christ today is inviting you to embrace another type of life. And the Collect Prayer speaks about asking God to help us avoid temptations and to follow Him (in a way).

Therefore, Saint Ignatius asks us in this meditation to ask for this grace, very close to us, as we to pray today; to know that the lies of the enemy of our soul exist; to know how he deceives you; how he leads you away from Christ: in order to know the true commands, the true commandments that the Supreme Captain of our souls is giving us.

And today, in this Mass, in this Holy Sacrifice, we must ask for that grace of discernment, to know when Christ is calling us; to what Christ is calling us; and what is the devil calling us to do. In a way, the Gospel presents to us a criteria of how to know whether we are following Christ or we are following Satan. This is like the ground-work for that: the two Commandments: love of God, love of neighbor. Simple but difficult.

Why God alone should be the object of our souls, our minds, everything? - Because He is the One who has given us everything. Because, He is the Creator of our soul and our body. He is the One who has given us all of these beautiful things that we have in this world. All of the graces: we see, we walk, we eat, we speak, we enjoy so many things! All of them are a gift from God. All the beautiful things that you have and that you are, all your virtues - they are from God! They are not from you. And all of them make you a beautiful person in the eyes of God. That's why you should be grateful to Him always, and give yourself completely to Him - not just a little bit of you - not just five minutes of your entire existence to Him. Give everything to Him. To think of the love of neighbor, why doesn't God, and Christ say: love our neighbor as you love God? Because they are two different things - you cannot love people as you love God. You love others as you love yourself.

And, my dear brothers and sisters: this is probably one of the most difficult things that Christ asks us to do - to love our enemies and to love our neighbor, as we love ourselves. As we listen again to what Saint Paul says today: he is asking the Ephesians today that it is very, very challenging - we do not want to love our neighbor - we do not want to love our enemies - we want to harm them - but at least we do not want to care about them.

Christ is saying to us that we have to love them as we love ourselves - to see that Christ indeed has come for them too; that Christ lives in them, if they are baptized just like you. Difficult (and) challenging but, with the grace of God, (it is) possible. And this can become true, as He has shown to so many saints in history, that indeed it is possible.

My dear brothers and sisters, indeed we are in the midst of a great battle, a great war for our souls, (and) the souls of the church. But we must remember, and I hope that I can remember it everyday, that (for) Christ, even though He is in war with Satan, the battle has been won already - by Christ who is alive in His Resurrection and sits at the right hand of the Father. At the end He will always prevail. He has defeated already death, sin and Satan.

When Christ appears - when He comes to us, He comes speaking the truth to us. He shows to us who we are. And before the truth we remain silent because there is nothing to do to defend ourselves before Christ, as the Pharisees begged.

So my dear brothers and sisters, as we remain faithful to our faith, faithful to the Sacraments, to receiving with greater devotion all the graces that Christ wants to give us - let us remain joyful that Christ cares for us - that Christ is taking care of us even if we don't see it. Let us pray for this grace so that today and always we may remain faithful with the faith of the apostles; we may do everything for the greater glory of His Name and we may expand with our actions His Heavenly Presence and His Kingdom on this earth. Amen


 

Gospel according to Saint Matthew 22:34-46

At that time, the Pharisees came to Jesus,
and one of them, a doctor of the Law, asked Him, tempting Him:
which is the great commandment in the Law?
Jesus said to him: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart,
and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind.
This is the greatest and the first commandment.
And the second is like to this: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
On these two commandments dependeth the whole Law and the prophets.
And the Pharisees being gathered together, Jesus asked them,
saying: what think you of Christ, whose son is He? They say to him: David’s.
He saith to them: How then doth David, in spirit, call Him Lord, saying:
the Lord said to my Lord: Sit on my right hand until I make Thy enemies Thy footstool?
If David then call Him Lord, how is He his son?
And no man was able to answer Him a word;
neither durst any man, from that day forth, ask Him any more questions.


Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost: Gospel Reading both in Latin and English, Fr. Charles Jeremiah Higgins; Homily by Fr. Juan Carlos Rivera Castro, S.J., based on the Gospel according to Saint Matthew 22:34-46; Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Parish, Newton, Massachusetts; September 16, 2018, 10:30 A.M. Tridentine Latin High Mass



My dear brothers and sisters,

On the one hand, today we are gathered in this church to celebrate the glorious Resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. And this fact should fill us with great joy and great consolation. On the other hand, as the prayers for today's Mass show us, there is war between heaven and hell. A war for your soul. Saint Ignatius in his Spiritual Exercises, asks the one who is doing the Exercises to imagine and to meditate on the two standards, the two flags.

On the one hand, the flag, the standard of the enemy of our souls, Satan, who sits in his throne in the city of Babylon. And, he calls all demons to him and he gives them a speech. In this speech, he tells the demons to go out into the world and put people in chains. He says, something like this: "make people, first, long for riches. This will lead them to desire (the) vain honor of the world. And from these two steps, a third will follow: they will become prideful. And, once you make them prideful every other sin will follow."

On the other hand, Saint Ignatius asks us to meditate on our True and Supreme Captian, our Lord Jesus Christ, who in the heavenly Jerusalem calls to Him all His friends and apostles. And, He also gives them a speech. He says, "Go into the world and proclaim my good news. Lead people to embrace spiritual poverty. And if I want them to embrace actual or real poverty, help them to love humilitations and contempt. And from these two things a third thing will follow: they will become humble. And from humility, all the other virtues will follow and flow from it."

This is an image of what may be happening at a cosmic level. We can see this happening in the world. You see sin and you see virtue all over the place. We see war; we see peace. But we know that this war is not only happening in (the) visible; it is not only happening in the world at large, but this is happening in your soul right now.

Right now in your heart, Satan and our Lord Jesus Christ are battling for your soul. And they want you for themselves. You may be attached to things. You may be attached to clothes, cars, houses, whatever. You may be attached to people, to friendships, to relationships that are for you more important than the relationship with our Lord and Saviour. You may be attached to ideas. You may be attached to your own way of seeing things, instead of looking for the things that Christ wants.

You may be longing for riches. You may want people to think great things about you. And you may be a prideful person. Christ today is inviting you to embrace another type of life. And the Collect Prayer speaks about asking God to help us avoid temptations and to follow Him (in a way).

Therefore, Saint Ignatius asks us in this meditation to ask for this grace, very close to us, as we to pray today; to know that the lies of the enemy of our soul exist; to know how he deceives you; how he leads you away from Christ: in order to know the true commands, the true commandments that the Supreme Captain of our souls is giving us.

And today, in this Mass, in this Holy Sacrifice, we must ask for that grace of discernment, to know when Christ is calling us; to what Christ is calling us; and what is the devil calling us to do. In a way, the Gospel presents to us a criteria of how to know whether we are following Christ or we are following Satan. This is like the ground-work for that: the two Commandments: love of God, love of neighbor. Simple but difficult.

Why God alone should be the object of our souls, our minds, everything? - Because He is the One who has given us everything. Because, He is the Creator of our soul and our body. He is the One who has given us all of these beautiful things that we have in this world. All of the graces: we see, we walk, we eat, we speak, we enjoy so many things! All of them are a gift from God. All the beautiful things that you have and that you are, all your virtues - they are from God! They are not from you. And all of them make you a beautiful person in the eyes of God. That's why you should be grateful to Him always, and give yourself completely to Him - not just a little bit of you - not just five minutes of your entire existence to Him. Give everything to Him. To think of the love of neighbor, why doesn't God, and Christ say: love our neighbor as you love God? Because they are two different things - you cannot love people as you love God. You love others as you love yourself.

And, my dear brothers and sisters: this is probably one of the most difficult things that Christ asks us to do - to love our enemies and to love our neighbor, as we love ourselves. As we listen again to what Saint Paul says today: he is asking the Ephesians today that it is very, very challenging - we do not want to love our neighbor - we do not want to love our enemies - we want to harm them - but at least we do not want to care about them.

Christ is saying to us that we have to love them as we love ourselves - to see that Christ indeed has come for them too; that Christ lives in them, if they are baptized just like you. Difficult (and) challenging but, with the grace of God, (it is) possible. And this can become true, as He has shown to so many saints in history, that indeed it is possible.

My dear brothers and sisters, indeed we are in the midst of a great battle, a great war for our souls, (and) the souls of the church. But we must remember, and I hope that I can remember it everyday, that (for) Christ, even though He is in war with Satan, the battle has been won already - by Christ who is alive in His Resurrection and sits at the right hand of the Father. At the end He will always prevail. He has defeated already death, sin and Satan.

When Christ appears - when He comes to us, He comes speaking the truth to us. He shows to us who we are. And before the truth we remain silent because there is nothing to do to defend ourselves before Christ, as the Pharisees begged.

So my dear brothers and sisters, as we remain faithful to our faith, faithful to the Sacraments, to receiving with greater devotion all the graces that Christ wants to give us - let us remain joyful that Christ cares for us - that Christ is taking care of us even if we don't see it. Let us pray for this grace so that today and always we may remain faithful with the faith of the apostles; we may do everything for the greater glory of His Name and we may expand with our actions His Heavenly Presence and His Kingdom on this earth. Amen


 
 
 

 
 

Jesus and the Pharisees; orthochristian.com

 
 
 
 
 
September 16, 2018 - In the midst of a Great Battle for your soul - Gospel according to Saint Matthew 22:34-46 and Homily by Father Juan Carlos Rivera Castro, S.J.


 
 

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Thy Will be done
On earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
Liberate us from all temptation[*]
And deliver us from all evil. Amen



[*] Liberate us is in keeping with the original Latin text.
       God usually does not "lead us" to temptation
       (unless we are tested),
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Hail Mary, full of grace
The Lord is with thee.
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And blessed is the fruit
Of thy womb, Jesus.
 
Holy Mary, Mary of God
Pray for us sinners
Now, and in the hour
Of our death. Amen


 
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I believe in God, the Father Almighty
Creator of Heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ, His Only Son, our Lord;
Who was conceived by the
[work and grace of the] Holy Ghost,[*]
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended into the Dead.[**]
On the third day, He rose again;
He ascended into Heaven,
And sits at the right hand of God,
the Father Almighty.
From thence he shall come to judge
the living and the dead.
 
I believe in the Holy Ghost,[*]
The Holy Catholic Church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins.
The resurrection of the body,
And life everlasting. Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
[**] the Dead: "inferi", the underworld or the dead in Latin.
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GLORIA

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
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DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all her iniquities.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
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DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive to the voice
of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all his iniquities.

V. Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord.
R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
V. From the gate of hell.
R. Deliver their souls, O Lord.
V. May they rest in peace.
R. Amen.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with Thy Spirit.

(50 days indulgence to all who pray the De Profundis with V. and R.
"Requiem aeternam" (Eternal Rest) three times a day.
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Let us pray:
O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all
the faithful, we beseech Thee to grant
to the souls of Thy servants the remission
of their sins, so that by our prayers
they may obtain pardon for which they long.
O Lord, who lives and reigns,
world without end. Amen

May they rest in peace. Amen

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Padre Nuestro,
que estas en los Cielos
Santificado sea Tu Nombre;
Venga a nosotros tu Reino;
Hágase Tu Voluntad
en la tierra como en el cielo.
Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día;
Perdona nuestras ofensas,
Como también nosotros
perdonamos a los que nos ofenden,
No nos dejes caer en la tentación,
y líbranos del mal. Amén
 
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Dios te salve, María,
llena eres de gracia;
El Señor es Contigo;
Bendita Tú eres
entre todas las mujeres,
Y bendito es el fruto
De tu vientre, Jesús.
 
Santa María,
Madre de Dios,
Ruega por nosotros
pecadores,
Ahora y en la hora
De nuestra muerte.
Amén
 
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Creo en Dios, Padre Todopoderoso,
Creador del cielo y de la tierra.
Creo en Jesucristo,
Su único Hijo, Nuestro Señor,
Que fue concebido por obra
y gracia del Espíritu Santo,
Nació de la Santa María Virgen;
Padeció bajo el poder de Poncio Pilato,
Fue crucificado, muerto y sepultado,
Descendió a los infiernos,
Al tercer día resucitó de entre los muertos,
Subió a los cielos
Y está sentado a la derecha de Dios,
Padre Todopoderoso.
Desde allí ha de venir a juzgar
a los vivos y a los muertos.

Creo en el Espíritu Santo,
La Santa Iglesia Católica,
La comunión de los santos,
El perdón de los pecados,
La resurrección de la carne
Y la vida eterna. Amén
 
 
CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor; Señor,
escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos
a la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?
Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia.
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

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GLORIA

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS y QUE DESCANSEN EN PAZ

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor;
Señor, escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos a
la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?

Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia,
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

V. Dadles, Señor, a todas las almas
el descanso eterno.
R. Y haced lucir sobre ellas
vuestra eterna luz.
V. Que en paz descansen.
R. Amén.