In emptying himself and becoming one like us for our salvation, Christ demonstrated the kind of obedience to the will of God that brings the fullness of life.
It is easy to be full of enthusiasm or to mimic the outward signs of agreement when we are first asked to participate in a project. Time quickly reveals the truth, however, as it tests the depth of our commitment. Conforming our lives to the will of God means giving our hearts entirely to the task. If we seek to avoid doing anything except the absolute minimum to ‘keep out of trouble’, we are not loving. We are trying to be as distant as possible from God. This is the attitude of the second son.
Tuesday is the Feast of St. Jerome, who translated the Bible from Hebrew and Greek into the common, or vulgar, language (ie, Latin) of everyday people. His Bibla Vulgata, or Vulgate Bible, was the one copied by monks for hundreds of years.
His heroic efforts and the painstakingly careful work of the copyists and printers of later ages are a precious legacy. Because of their faith and devotion, the Scriptures are available to Christians today. In our own time, translators struggle with changes in the English language, going back to the original texts, as St. Jerome did, in order to give us clear, authentic translations of that most important book of all, the Bible. It is a living Word of salvation.
Scripture is the heart of our tradition; when we reflect upon it prayerfully we come to know the mind of Christ and the power of his love. We grow in our understanding of how to imitate him and his obedience to the Father.
After thirty-five years of ministry as a permanent deacon, several here at St. Monica’s, Deacon Ray Lamarche is today retiring from formal ministry. He and Mary Lynne will continue to be members of the parish. We thank him for his generous and dedicated service and ask God’s blessings on them both in the years ahead.
God’s Word is consolation and hope for all who have ears to hear.