November 18, 2016

Friday Seven

Even the year of Mercy has its limits: "Pope: 'People can't forgive a priest attached to money.'"

Francis might add: "And neither can I forgive lay people who like the Latin Mass."


The problem with division is that it's so divisive.


Best tweet I've seen lately, from a newspaperman: "Know what isn't normal? Overly-politicized, angry societies full of people that shun their own families over politics."


There are few as judgmental as those who judge the judgmental.

And those judgmental towards those who judge the judgmental.


I'm at coughing stage of the cold now, hopefully soon to end. You can't hurry love or a cold virus it turns out. It travels at its own leisurely pace, not much noticing your ZiCams or healthy eats or alcohol-for-medicinal-purposes-only.


Jonah Goldberg's G-file continues to be a Friday joy. Calling Hillary a remora on Bill was insti-classic.


But enough nonsense!

The readings at Mass are always intriguing, including today's from Revelation:

"He was given the scroll to eat, “and the scroll was sweet in my mouth but bitter in my stomach." 

My take was to think how initially we receive the Word and then we suffer for it, like how Mary received the joy of Christ's birth but ended up with the crushing sorrow of his death on the cross.

St. Augustine says:

"It suggests that the church’s mouth is to be found in the saints, in spiritual people, and the church’s belly in the carnal people...[Scripture] says he was given a book to eat, “and the book was sweet in my mouth but bitter in my stomach.” What can that mean? Surely that the highest precepts, which spiritual persons accept, are unacceptable to the carnal, and that commands that delight the spiritual only give the carnal indigestion."

Modern commentaries flow along these lines:

"Inspired by Ezek 3:13, a prophetic investiture; eating the scroll symbolizes the prophet’s digesting of the message which he has to transmit. In Ezekiel, though the book was sweet in the mouth, its contents, with regard to Israel, were full of “dirges and laments and words of woe”.

It's almost like "I've got good news and bad news for you. The good news is that this message is of God, the bad news is that it is of judgment."

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