Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Tuesday in Passion Week
The Roman Breviary

The reading of the holy Gospel according to John
Lesson i:c.7, 1-13
At that time: Jesus walked in Galilee, for he would not walk in Judea, because the Jews sought to kill him. Now the Jews' feast of tabernacles was at hand. And his brethren said to him: Pass from hence, and go to Judea; that thy disciples also may see thy works which thou dost. For there is no man that doth any thing in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou do these things, manifest thyself to the world. For neither did his brethren believe in him. Then Jesus said to them: My time is not yet come; but your time is always ready. The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth: because I gave testimony of it, that the works thereof are evil. Go you up to this festival day: because my time is not yet accomplished. When he had said these things, he himself stayed in Galilea. But after his brethren were gone up, then he also went up to the feast, not openly, but, as it were, in secret. The Jews therefore sought him on the festival day, and said: Where is he? And there was much murmuring among the multitude concerning him. For some said: He is a good man. And others said: No, but he seduceth the people. Yet no man spoke openly of him, for fear of the Jews.

Homily of St. Augustine, Bishop.
Treatise 28 on John
In this chapter of the Gospel, brethren, our Lord Jesus Christ more especially commends himself to our faith, in respect of his humanity. For, indeed, he ever aimed at this, in his deeds and words, that men might believe him to be both God and man: God who made us, man who sought us: God with the Father always, man with us in time. For he would not have sought man whom he has made, if he himself had not become that which had made. But remember this, and never let it depart from your hearts: Christ was made man in such a way, that he never ceased to be God. Still remaining God, he, who had made man, assumed man's nature.
R. Thou art my helper and protector, O Lord: and in thy word have I greatly hoped: Depart from me, ye wicked and I will meditate on the commandments of my God.
V. I have hated the unjust: and thy law have I loved.

Lesson ii
When, therefore, as man, he hid himself, we must not think that he had lost his power, but only to have afforded an example to the weak. For when he willed, he was apprehended; when he willed, he was slain. But because, in time to come, his members, that is, the faithful, would not have this power that he, our God, had; in that he kept himself hid, in that he concealed himself as if thereby to avoid being put to death, he indicated that his members were to do this in future, those members of his in whom he truly lives.
R. I will teach the unjust thy ways: and the wicked shall be converted unto thee; Deliver me from sins of blood, O God, thou God of my salvation.
V. Lord, thou shalt open my lips; and my mouth shall declare thy praise.

Lesson iii
For Christ is not merely in the head, and not in the body; but the whole Christ is in the head and in the body. And therefore, he is what his members are: but his members are not necessarily what he is. Were his members not himself, he would not have said to Saul: Why persecutest thou me? For Saul was persecuting on earth, not him, but his members, that is, the faithful. And yet he did not choose to say, my saints, or my servants, or, more honourably still, my brethren; but: Me, that is, my members, of whom I am the head.
R. Take not away my soul, O God, with the wicked, nor my life with men of blood: redeem me, O Lord.
V. Deliver me, O Lord, from the evil man, and rescue me from the unjust man.

May our fasts be acceptable to thee, O Lord: and, by expiating our sins, render us worthy of thy grace, and conduct us at last to eternal remedies
Grant us, we beseech, Lord, a persevering obedience to thy will: that in our day the people who serve thee may increase both in merit and number.