WDTPRS 25th Ordinary Sunday: Do you have unfinished business? | Fr. Z’s Blog

WDTPRS 25th Ordinary Sunday: Do you have unfinished business?Posted on 21 September 2013 by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf This week’s Collect, for the 25th Ordinary Sunday Novus Ordo, was introduced into the Missale Romanum with the Novus Ordo but it is influenced by a prayer in the ancient Veronese Sacramentary. Deus, qui sacrae legis omnia constituta in tua et proximi dilectione posuisti, da nobis, ut, tua praecepta servantes, ad vitam mereamur pervenire perpetuam.OBSOLETE ICEL 1973:Father, guide us, as you guide creation according to your law of love. May we love one another and come to perfection in the eternal life prepared for us.LITERAL ATTEMPT:O God, who placed all things of the sacred law which were constituted in the love of You and of neighbor, grant us that we, observing Your precepts, may merit to attain to eternal life.This Collect seems to be founded on the exchange between Jesus and a lawyer: “But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they came together. And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question, to test him. ‘Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?’ And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets’” Matthew 22:34-40.St Thomas Aquinas +1274 glossed this verse in his Commentary on Saint Matthew: When man is loved, God is loved, since man is the image of God.Pope Francis would approve of this sort of Thomism.In 1 John 4:21 there is a good explanation of this double precept: “This commandment we have from him, that he who loves God should love his brother also.”

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