All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Jerome.  My reflections today are based on the readings for his feast day.  Jerome was a man inspired to do great works for the Lord by translating the Bible from Hebrew into the common/universal language of the day – Latin.  It is from his inspirations and total dedication to this mission that we have the Bibles today that we are able to understand.  I believe the first reading sums that up best…

Beloved:
Remain faithful to what you have learned and believed,
because you know from whom you learned it,
and that from infancy you have known the sacred Scriptures,
which are capable of giving you wisdom for salvation
through faith in Christ Jesus.
All Scripture is inspired by God
and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction,
and for training in righteousness,
so that one who belongs to God may be competent,
equipped for every good work.

I’ll be the first to admit, for a number of years the very mention of reading the Bible, say a Rosary, dedicating time to God each day where a not a part of my regular routine – I might even roll my eyes at the very mention of it.  I find that strange because I always have considered myself a faithful Catholic.  My idea of faithful was never missing Mass on Sunday morning.  As I grow older, I realize my faith needs to be fed by so much more than 1 Mass on Sunday morning.  Since taking the time each day to read from the Bible – the true word of God, praying a daily Rosary and spending time in prayer, I find my life to much more fulfilling.  My relationship with the Holy Spirit has grown, my dedication to my wife and family has taken on more meaning and satisfaction, my love of fellow man has grown too.  All because I’ve taken a few minutes out of each day to offer back to the Lord.  I can tell you how important this has become in my daily routine and I pray that you too find the inspiration to do the same.

Today’s Responsorial Psalm is a good way to start that routine…

R.    (12) Lord, teach me your statutes.
How shall a young man be faultless in his way?
By keeping to your words.
R.    Lord, teach me your statutes.
With all my heart I seek you;
let me not stray from your commands.
R.    Lord, teach me your statutes.
Within my heart I treasure your promise,
that I may not sin against you.
R.    Lord, teach me your statutes.
Blessed are you, O LORD;
teach me your statutes.
R.    Lord, teach me your statutes.
With my lips I declare
all the ordinances of your mouth.
R.    Lord, teach me your statutes.
In the way of your decrees I rejoice,
as much as in all riches.
R.    Lord, teach me your statutes.

One last thought.  I want to thank Fr. Siefert and Msgr. Ramacciotti (and many other priests of our diocese), who do such a wonderful job of bringing our scriptures into a clearing meaning for me with their beautiful homilies.  That are the source of our inspiration that Jesus speaks of in our Gospel today.

Jesus asked them:
“Do you understand all these things?”
They answered, “Yes.”
And he replied,
“Then every scribe who has been instructed in the Kingdom of heaven
is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom
both the new and the old.”

Then every scribe who has been instructed in the Kingdom of heaven – I looked up the footnotes on this verse…

* [13:52] Since Matthew tends to identify the disciples and the Twelve (see note on Mt 10:1), this saying about the Christian scribe cannot be taken as applicable to all who accept the message of Jesus. While the Twelve are in many ways representative of all who believe in him, they are also distinguished from them in certain respects. The church of Matthew has leaders among whom are a group designated as “scribes” (Mt 23:34). Like the scribes of Israel, they are teachers. It is the Twelve and these their later counterparts to whom this verse applies. The scribe…instructed in the kingdom of heaven knows both the teaching of Jesus (the new) and the law and prophets (the old) and provides in his own teaching both the new and the old as interpreted and fulfilled by the new. On the translation head of a household (for the same Greek word translated householder in Mt 13:27), see note on Mt 24:4551.

Thank you Fr. Siefert and Msgr. Ramacciotti for bringing from your storeroom both the old and the new which makes the scripture come to life for your household.

Do something great for our Lord today – take time to understand the Word of the Lord, so the life you live can be a translation of this Word to the people you encounter.

God’s will, not mine, be done.

Be not afraid; just have faith.

Jesus, I trust in You.

He must increase; I must decrease.

my credo

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