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Come Savior of the Gentiles

December 7, 2013

Reflection

 

Today is the feast day of St. Ambrose, Archbishop and patron saint of Milan and one of the four original Doctors of the church.

 

 St. Ambrose was a prominent writer of letters and short treatises, whose writings greatly influenced St. Augustine. He displayed a kind of flexibility that kept in mind that liturgy was a tool to serve the people in worshipping God, should not be rigid and should vary from place to place. His advice to follow the customs of the church where you are has remained in the English language saying, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.”

 

St. Ambrose is credited with composing the “antiphonal chant”, in which solo singing of a psalm verse alternates with congregational refrain. This style of chant is still used in Liturgy today.

 

Below is one of the four original hymns composed by St. Ambrose. Veni redemptor gentium (Come, savior of the gentiles) is a Latin Advent hymn that was popular in Germany.

 

VENI REDEMPTOR GENTIUM

 

Latin:

Veni redemptor gentium

Ostende partum virginis

Miretur omne saeculum

Talis decet partus Deum

 

English translation:

Come, Redeemer of the nations

That we had seen from a virgin birth

The wonder of all ages

That came to us born of God.

 

Thought Question:

 

What is your favorite Christmas (non-secular) carol? Sing or hum it today.

 

Prayer:

 

Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us the freedom to express ourselves. Holy Spirit guide us during this Advent season to be open to all people especially the disenfranchised, the sick and those that are different than us. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

 

By Irene Jaso

 

 

 

Readings

 

Reading 1 IS 30:19-21, 23-26

 

Thus says the Lord GOD,
the Holy One of Israel:
O people of Zion, who dwell in Jerusalem,
no more will you weep;
He will be gracious to you when you cry out,
as soon as he hears he will answer you.
The Lord will give you the bread you need
and the water for which you thirst.
No longer will your Teacher hide himself,
but with your own eyes you shall see your Teacher,
While from behind, a voice shall sound in your ears:
“This is the way; walk in it,”
when you would turn to the right or to the left.

He will give rain for the seed
that you sow in the ground,
And the wheat that the soil produces
will be rich and abundant.
On that day your flock will be given pasture
and the lamb will graze in spacious meadows;
The oxen and the asses that till the ground
will eat silage tossed to them
with shovel and pitchfork.
Upon every high mountain and lofty hill
there will be streams of running water.
On the day of the great slaughter,
when the towers fall,
The light of the moon will be like that of the sun
and the light of the sun will be seven times greater
like the light of seven days.
On the day the LORD binds up the wounds of his people,
he will heal the bruises left by his blows.

 

Responsorial Psalm PS 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6

 

R. (see Isaiah 30:18d) Blessed are all who wait for the Lord.


Praise the LORD, for he is good;
sing praise to our God, for he is gracious;
it is fitting to praise him.
The LORD rebuilds Jerusalem;
the dispersed of Israel he gathers. 


R. Blessed are all who wait for the Lord.


He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds.
He tells the number of the stars;
he calls each by name.


R. Blessed are all who wait for the Lord.


Great is our LORD and mighty in power:
to his wisdom there is no limit.
The LORD sustains the lowly;
the wicked he casts to the ground.


R. Blessed are all who wait for the Lord.

 

Gospel MT 9:35–10:1, 5A, 6-8

 

Jesus went around to all the towns and villages,
teaching in their synagogues,
proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom,
and curing every disease and illness. 
At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them
because they were troubled and abandoned,
like sheep without a shepherd.
Then he said to his disciples,
“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
so ask the master of the harvest
to send out laborers for his harvest.” 

Then he summoned his Twelve disciples
and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out
and to cure every disease and every illness. 

Jesus sent out these Twelve after instructing them thus,
“Go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 
As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ 
Cure the sick, raise the dead,
cleanse lepers, drive out demons.
Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.”

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Comments

Paulette Clagon  |  Inglewood  |  December 9, 2013  |  1:05 AM

O Holy Night


Fr. Bill  |  here in Los Angeles  |  December 7, 2013  |  12:42 PM

"The wonder that came to us, born of God," says St. Ambrose's hymn. And the wonder described in the Gospel is a love that never gives up: "Go to the LOST sheep...." For, God searches us out, the Divine Love never tiring or waning--no matter WHAT those "lost sheep" have done. This is the "Trust" the prophet Isaiah had in God: "Zion, no more shall you weep!" The prophet, too, sensed that whatever else we can say about God, we have to say that God is Faithful--ever faithful in His love for us. That, I think, is what Advent proclaims. God will do ANYTHING to have us know and love Him--even become one of us!


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