Pastor’s Reflection for September 25, 2016

Dear Parishioners,

This Friday, September 30, is the feast of St. Jerome. His is an interesting life. He was a Scripture scholar, translating most of the Old Testament from the Hebrew and wrote many commentaries on the Scriptures. His translation of the Bible came to be called the Vulgate. st-jeromeIt was quite the undertaking and Jerome prepared himself by learning Latin, Greek, Hebrew and Chaldaic. He was a mystic, spending five years in the desert so he might give himself up to prayer, penance and study. He settled in Bethlehem, where he lived in the cave believed to have been the birthplace of Christ. He died in Bethlehem in 420 at the age of 75 and his remains are buried in the Basilica of St. Mary Major.

Jerome was a strong, outspoken man. It is said that he had a bad temper but his love of God was intense. He used his pen to come after anyone who taught error. We might be missing this in our age today with so much error of the truth we find in our society. Jerome was conscious of his weakness. A pope is said to have remarked, on seeing a picture of Jerome striking his breast with a stone, “You do well to carry that stone, for without it the Church would never have canonized you.”

Jerome’s feast is a reminder of the importance of Scripture reading. To read the Scriptures is to listen to the Lord speak to us. Jerome wrote that ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ. Our purpose of life is to know Christ that is why it is important to read the Bible.

A good commentary of Scripture is the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture. You are able to purchase these on Amazon.

On the topic of Scripture, we will be having a DVD series on the Acts of the Apostles. We look to the early Church to learn how we can effectively impact the world for Jesus. This will be a 10 week session beginning on Tuesday, October 4, at 7:15 p.m.

Thank you for your support and generosity to the Clergy Funds Collection last week. We collected $ 6,959.

The Little Sisters of the Poor from Somerville will be speaking at all the Masses next weekend on October 1st and 2nd.

I will be available for confessions this week on Tuesday, September 27, from 7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

May Jesus continue to shepherd you in all of your needs.

God love you,