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GO, THEREFORE, AND MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS, BAPTISING THEM…

GO, THEREFORE, AND MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS, BAPTISING THEM…

HOMILY OF ST JEROME, PRIEST, ON  MATTHEW 28:16-20

After his resurrection, Jesus was seen on a mountain in Galilee, and he was adored there; and though some doubted, their doubts increase our faith. Then he showed himself more openly to Thomas, pointing to his side, wounded with the spear, and to the prints of the nails in his hands. Jesus, coming, spoke to them, saying: “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” To him is this power given, who but a little while before had been crucified, buried in the sepulchre, lain there dead, and afterwards had risen again. And power is given to him in heaven and on earth, so that he who before had reigned in heaven, might now also on earth, through the faith of those who believe.

THE NAME OF THE TRINITY IS THE NAME OF THE ONE, ONLY GOD

“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” First, they teach all nations, and then, having taught them, they baptise them with water. For the body cannot receive the sacrament of Baptism unless the soul has already received the truth of faith. They are baptised in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, that there may be oneness in the giving, as there is oneness in the divinity; for the name of the Trinity is the name of the one, only God.

“TEACHING THEM TO OBSERVE ALL THAT I HAVE COMMANDED YOU”

“Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” This arrangement is important; he commanded the apostles, first to teach all nations, then to steep them in the sacrament of faith, and after imparting faith and administering baptism, to instruct them in the precepts they must observe. And lest we should think these precepts few in number, and of small importance, he added: “All things whatsoever I have commanded you”; so that all those who had believed and been baptised in the Trinity, should do all those things that are commanded. “And behold, I am with you even to the consummation of the world.” He who promises to be with his disciples even to the consummation of the world, also shows them that they will live forever, and that he will never depart from those who believe in him.

– St Jerome, Book 4, Commentary on Matthew; An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 
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ST JEROME, CONFESSOR AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH

ST JEROME, CONFESSOR AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH

ST JEROME, CONFESSOR AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH – MEMORIAL: SEPTEMBER 30

Jerome was born in Strido in Dalmatia. As a youth, he was baptised at Rome and was educated in the liberal arts by Donatus and other very learned men. From a religious motive he travelled through all of Palestine. Then he retired into the vast desert of Syria. There he spent four years reading the divinely inspired books and meditating upon the blessedness of heavenly things.

HE MEDITATED UPON THE BLESSEDNESS OF HEAVENLY THINGS

After being ordained a priest by Paulinus, Bishop of Antioch, he returned to Palestine, to Bethlehem, to be close by the Crib of Christ the Lord. Here he drew up for himself a holy rule and overcame the snares of the devil by pious works and constant reading and writing. From all over the world he was called upon as an inspired authority to settle questions about the interpretation of Sacred Scripture.

AN EXPERT IN THE INTERPRETATION OF SACRED SCRIPTURE 

Pope Damasus and St Augustine consulted him often about very difficult passages of Scripture because of his singular knowledge and understanding not only of the Latin and Greek languages, but also of Hebrew and Chaldaic. He translated the Old Testament from the Hebrew. At the command of Pope Damasus, he made a faithful translation of the New Testament from the Greek and also wrote commentaries on many parts of Scripture. In his extremely old age, he passed [A. D. 420]. He was buried in Bethlehem, and was later transferred to Rome and entombed in the basilica of St Mary Major.

PRAYER:

O God, who graciously gave your Church blessed Jerome, your Confessor and peerless teacher, to explain the Holy Scriptures, grant, we beseech you, that, with the help of his merits and by your assistance, we may be able to put into practice what he has taught us by his life and works. Through our Lord.

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964 [bold headings added]

 

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PRAYER TO ST JEROME

O God, you gave your confessor blessed Jerome to your Church as an eminent interpreter of the Holy Scriptures; grant that by virtue of his merits and with your assistance, we may practise what he taught by word and example. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2014 in Prayers for Ordinary Time

 

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