Saturday, August 24, 2019

Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Apostle

Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 66 The Porter of the Monastery
Mass: Rev 21:9b-14; Resp Ps 145; Jn 1:45-51

Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your Kingdom

What Our Lord says about Nathanael in today's Gospel, "There is no duplicity in him", takes me to St Benedict and the Holy Rule. I've titled it "A Recipe for No Duplicity." 🙂

In the Prologue we learn about those who wish to follow the Lord, to dwell in His tent and rest upon His holy mountain (Prol. 23/Ps 14:1). The way to the Lord (some ingredients for no duplicity) is for one who walks without blemish and is just in all his dealings; who speaks the truth from his heart and has not practiced deceit with his tongue; who has not wronged a neighbor in any way, nor listened to slanders against his neighbor (Prol. 25-27/Ps 14:2-3). And then echoed in the Ch 4 on the Tools for Good Works, we learn these tools or ingredients: "Rid your heart of all deceit. Never give a hollow greeting of peace or turn away when someone needs your love. Bind yourself to no oath lest it prove false, but speak the truth with heart and tongue" (RB 4:24-28).

Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.
(Gospel Acclamation, Mass)


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