Thursday, May 11, 2017

Project BLACK MAMBA: Eastertide

'Tis the festival of Saint Odilo of Cluny, Abbot, O.S.B. (circa 962-1049): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: St. Olido was the fifth abbot of the Cluny Abbey. I don't think that we've ever drawn any particular attention to the lost wonder that was Cluny & the Cluniac network of monastic houses. Methinks this ripe fodder for a rare non-First World War episode of "The Explorers' Club." 'Til then: Cluny-link.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Ignatius of Laconi, Religious, O.F.M. Cap. (1701-1781): Saint-link ┼źnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: Wayback Machine.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Easter Weekday
The Acts of the Apostles, chapter thirteen, verses thirteen thru twenty-five;
Psalm Eighty-nine, verses two & three, twenty-one & twenty-two, & twenty-five & twenty-seven;
The Gospel according to John, chapter thirteen, verses sixteen thru twenty.

Commentary: Easter Gospel reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in today’s Gospel passage, Jesus pointedly calls us to humble behavior. “Amen, amen, I say to you, no slave is greater than his master nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you understand this, blessed are you if you do it.” St. Catherine of Sienna once heard the Lord say to her, “Remember that I am and you are not.” And St. Paul said, “What do you have that you have not received? So why do you boast?”

To believe in God is to know these truths. To live them out is to live in the attitude of humility. Thomas Aquinas said that humility is truth. It is living out the deepest truth of things: God is God and we are not.

Now all of this sounds very clear when it’s stated in this abstract manner, but we know how hard it is to live out! In our fallen world, we forget so readily that we are creatures, that we have been made from nothing. Then our egos being to inflate: “I am. I want. I expect. I demand.” The ego becomes a massive monkey on our backs, and it has to be fed and pampered constantly. That’s why today’s Gospel is so important. We are only messengers, not greater than the Master.

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