Living Temples of God.
The Memorial of Saint Scholastica, Virgin.*
Lessons from the secondary feria for the Fifth Monday of Ordinary Time, according to the ordinary form of the Roman Rite:
• I Kings 8: 1-7, 9-13.
• Psalm 132: 6-10.
• Mark 6: 53-56.
…or, from the proper:
• Song of Songs 8: 6-7.
• Psalm 148: 1-2, 11-14.
• Luke 10: 38-42.
…or, any lessons from the common of Virgins for One Virgin, or the common of Holy Men & Women for a Nun.
The Third Class Feast of Saint Scholastica, Virgin.*
Lessons from the common Dilexísti… of a Virgin not a Martyr, according to the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite:
• II Corinthians 10: 17-18; 11: 1-2.
• Psalm 44: 5, 15-16.
• Matthew 25: 1-13.
7:00 PM 2/10/2020 — Forgive me for being very brief again today.
Our first lesson, from the First Book of Kings, relates what was a seminal moment for Israel: the dedication of the first temple of Jerusalem by Solomon. It’s followed by a psalm which celebrates the event: “Advance, O Lord, to your resting place, you and the ark of your majesty” (Psalm 132: 8 RM3). And the contrast of that event with what is described in our Gospel lesson is striking, particularly when we read: “They scurried about the surrounding country and began to bring in the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was” (Mark 6: 55 RM3). On the one hand, God dwelling in His permanent home in the temple; on the other hand, God having no where to lay His head, and the people coming to Him wherever he happened to be at that moment. Remember our Lord’s own words, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up again,” speaking, of course, of Himself.
That’s the mystery of the incarnation: the temple in Jerusalem is not needed anymore because God is among us in the person of Jesus, and remains so in the Blessed Eucharist; and, when we receive Him worthily in Holy Communion, then we become His temple, carrying Him out into the world.
Let us always strive to live lives worthy of living temples of God.
* The twin sister of St. Benedict and the foundress of the Benedictine nuns died at Monte Cassino in 543, and was interred in the same grave with her brother. Most of what we know of her comes from the Dialogues of Pope St. Gregory the Great, who wrote, "…so death did not separate the bodies of these two, whose minds had ever been united in the Lord."