Domine, non sum dignus...

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Mt 13:24-30

Jesus proposed another parable to the crowds, saying:

“The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a man
who sowed good seed in his field.
While everyone was asleep his enemy came
and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off.
When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well.
The slaves of the householder came to him and said,
‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field?
Where have the weeds come from?’
He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’
His slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’
He replied, ‘No, if you pull up the weeds
you might uproot the wheat along with them.
Let them grow together until harvest;
then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters,
“First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning;
but gather the wheat into my barn.”

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"Domine, non sum dignus...
Lord, I am not worthy

... ut intres sub tectum meum: sed tantum dic verbo, et sanabitur anima mea"
to receive Thee under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.

I have to admit that the Gospel reading above was not the reading I heard this afternoon. This was what I heard:

Luke 18:9-11 (Douay-Rheims)
And to some who trusted in themselves as just, and despised others, he spoke also this parable: Two men went up into the temple to pray: the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee standing, prayed thus with himself: O God, I give thee thanks that I am not as the rest of men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, as also is this publican. I fast twice in a week: I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not so much as lift up his eyes towards heaven; but struck his breast, saying: O god, be merciful to me a sinner. I say to you, this man went down into his house justified rather that the other: because every one that exalteth himself, shall be humbled: and he that humbleth himself, shall be exalted.

Yes, brothers and sisters, if you are fans of the Traditional Roman Rite of 1962, you may recognize this Gospel for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost. What point am I driving to? I am very excited to just type this here: I attended my first Latin Mass this afternoon! Being brought up in the Novus Ordo Mass, I had no idea what a Latin Mass was like until I experienced it this afternoon.

After having spent the previous night at a house of a very close friend, something made me attend Mass in their parish. I then realized that their parish celebrated a Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form. I made my way to the church, all the while realizing the need for a missal. Good thing a very kindly lady already seated on one of the pews lent hers.

Actually during the start of the rite, I tried to recall all the videos I have watched about the Traditional Rite, and I began to get excited at the fact that I was about to witness everything before my very eyes. The silence was invigorating, inspiring, elevating!

What led my soul to great joy was when I saw the Host and the Chalice elevated, and later the Host coming into my very being in such a special way: kneeling, tongue out, and the priest giving it himself. My inner yearning for such a way of celebrating and assisting at Holy Mass has at last been realized. I can only praise the Lord for such grace!

Today's Gospel in the Liturgy of the Ordinary Roman Form (The Parable of the Weeds) tells us of how both seeds and weeds can be planted within us. How often do we allow God to uproot our weeds? The Gospel also gives His people a chance to reform themselves, by how He allowed the weeds and seeds to grow, so that at the hour of uprooting the weeds, only weeds are indeed eliminated. How will God look at us on the Day of Judgment?

Interestingly, this connects with today's Gospel reading in the Liturgy of the Extraordinary Form (The Pharisee and the Publican). The reading highlights how all of us are prone to sin, and how we ought to seek forgiveness from God and to come humbly before Him.

Lord, grant that we may not become weeds, but help us bear fruit and spread seeds of holy faith. Amen.

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Saint Stanislaus Kostka, pray for us.

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photo credits: http://www.life.uiuc.edu/ib/363/image/Wheat2.jpeg, http://stirringsandechoes.blogspot.com/2007/10/gestures-of-prayer.html, http://www.montanalatinmass.com/images/elevationoftheeucharist_ql2x.jpg

* I attended this very beautiful Mass at the Divine Mercy Parish, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City.

10 comments:

Seminarian Matthew Sunday, July 20, 2008 at 2:18:00 PM PDT  

Beautiful post, Jim Lopez. Wonderful that you have attend your first Tridentine Mass. Just this past Saturday I served my first Tridentine Mass! I finally have all of the prayers memorized.

If you have any questions on the Tridentine Liturgy, I may be able to help. I do not presume to be an expert, but I spend the majority of my time with Tridentine issues.

Pax tecum

M :) Sunday, July 20, 2008 at 5:50:00 PM PDT  

Yes, isn't the TLM beautiful? I've been to my first in December '07 or January of '08 and since then, I've been pestering my mom to go every week. I convinced my friend to come :)
I also love how the Tridentine gives almost no distraction to prayer, and its beauty is conductive towards it, and how it shows the great reverence toward the Blessed Sacrament. At new Masses, I've seen the Host drop twice. The communicant picked it up, put it in his mouth, and that was that. The other time I saw It dropped the lady sort of smiled, and so did the priest, who picked It up and put it in her hand, not even seeming to notice this could happen more often and should be corrected. I think I even heard a small giggle. Today, at the Traditional parish I attend, the priest (who is elderly) dropped the Host. I think It was covered and he left Jesus there. At the end of Mass, I heard him say something (I think it was a prayer) then he picked the Host up. Later an acolyte showed someone where the Host had dropped, then it was made sure no Particles were left.
Sorry this is such a long comment! Anyways, hope you get to the TLM as often as you can! :)

Totus Tuus Sunday, July 20, 2008 at 6:38:00 PM PDT  

+JMJ+

Thanks so much for posting this!
I've never been to a Tridentine Mass before, but it is my hope to attend at least one during my four months studying in Rome this coming fall semester (which is coming up in two months and one week. My how time flies by!)
Just to let you know how much of an impact modernism has had on my archdiocese, and the United States in general, I knew zero prayers in Latin until two years ago, and I had no knowledge of the Tridentine Mass, or Gregorian chants, or even the Latin Novus Ordo until I got to college. Isn't that sad?
Know that all of you are in my prayers, and I ask for your prayers as well. I've decided to revisit discernment with my archdiocese, and my folks are adamantly opposed to the idea of me serving as the pastor of a parish. Please pray for courage and clarity in my discernment, and I promise to do the same for all of you.
May God bless you abundantly in all you do, now and eternally.
Your brother in Christ and in discernment,
Mike

+AMDG+

Totus Tuus Sunday, July 20, 2008 at 6:39:00 PM PDT  

One more thing, I'll be posting an update later this week, probably tomorrow! I look forward to sharing the happenings these past two weeks with you, so many beautiful things have happened!
May God bless you abundantly in all you do, now and eternally.
In Christ,
Mike

+AMDG+

Jim Lopez Monday, July 21, 2008 at 1:35:00 AM PDT  

I am actually quite in a struggle right now, because with the beauty of the TLM, I am confused why the Church would allow such a beautiful liturgy to be defragmented like bricks being taken away from an Uno Stacko pillar.

I have to admit that I am seriously rethinking about the course of my vocation because of the beauty of the Traditional Latin Mass. I have attended masses with a particular order you may know, and I can't forget those masses that make us SIT DURING CONSECRATION... so unthinkable! I really don't know why, and I am quite confused.

Matthew, does Canon Law have something to say? With my experience, I am praying to God that He allow me to study Canon Law to become three things at once: a physician, a priest, and a canon lawyer. Pray for me brothers and sisters.

vidimusdominum Monday, July 21, 2008 at 5:45:00 AM PDT  

When I was younger I was taught that "the Church had always celebrated the Ordinary Form of the Mass since the Apostles". Every effort was probably made to ensure that nothing whatsoever about the Extraordinary Form was made known to us. Are we really so ashamed of our (glorious) past? What happened to Catholic Continuity? Sad indeed.

Jim Lopez Monday, July 21, 2008 at 8:09:00 AM PDT  
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Totus Tuus Monday, July 21, 2008 at 8:13:00 AM PDT  

+JMJ+

Paul and Jim
I completely agree. Why would be ashamed of such a beautiful thing? It makes no sense to me. We should be encouraging people to learn about the Tridentine Mass and learn Latin, not hiding them from young Catholics and others who may be interested.

Jim Lopez Monday, July 21, 2008 at 8:14:00 AM PDT  

Brothers, especially Paul, here is some news I really dread would happen here in the Philippines. link If I am indeed called to a particular Order, now I am praying that that Order would allow its priests to celebrate the Mass according to the 1962 Missal.

Seminarian Matthew Monday, July 21, 2008 at 1:21:00 PM PDT  

Jim Lopez, similar things have happened to me. Our Lord slowly calls us closer and closer to Himself. First I was called to the Catholic Church. Then I was called to the Priesthood. Then I can tell that I have been called to say the Tridentine Mass.

I highly suggest you look into orders which exclusively celebrate the beautiful, reverent Tridentine Mass. Some such communities are linked in the sidebar, though I am sure that others exist.

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