Homily of Augustine on Psalm LXXXVI
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WE beseech thee, Almighty God, look upon the hearty desires of thy humble servants, and stretch forth the right hand of thy Majesty, to be our defence against all our enemies; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Source: Saramentary of Gregory, Bishop of Rome [600 AD] In the Gospel today Jesus heals a man possessed, stretching forth his hand
ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who hatest nothing that thou hast made, and dost forgive the sins of all those who are penitent; Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of thee, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O God, the proud are risen against me; and the congregations of violent men have sought after my soul.
Lent 3 commentary
This Sunday we continue with the Psalms and Augustine's homily on Psalm 86. This is a prayer of David when attacked by the enemy.
Our collect for this Sunday from Gregory is also one for protection from enemies, and the Old Testament lesson is an affirmation that God will protect the faithful from their adversaries [Jer xx. 11]
I have selected the verse quoted above for a reason. This week I read of a Bill introduced in the State of Connecticut targeting the financial control of Roman churches. The article at the link suggested the suspected proponents of this bill that arose out of a certain comittee were sponsors of same-sex marriage legislation which the Church has rightly argued against. Minutes after reading of this situation, Prafectus Castrorum sent me an email alerting me of the same subject. The Roman Catholic bishops raised a cry over the injustice of this bill, rallied with the folk, and the Bill was pulled - for now at least.
It is an important event as it is a clear sign of how a sector of America would like to take over finances and the voice of the church. These folk are proud adversaries, for they refuse to humble themselves before the sovereign LORD, and their god is their belly. Less obvious, but perhaps even more insidious, is the maneuvering of forces within the church to overturn our faith and morals. They violate the sanctity of God's chosen people with their political maneuverings both in civil and ecclesiastical realms. They are finding success in so many places.
O God, the proud are risen against us, and the congregation of the violent men see after our souls.
What does Augustine say?
"O God, the transgressors of the law have arisen up against me" (ver. 14). Whom calleth he transgressors of the law? Not the Pagans, who have not received the law: for no one transgresseth that which he hath not received; the Apostle saith clearly, "For where there is no law, there is no prevarication." Transgressors of the law he calls "prevaricators." Whom then do we understand, brethren? "
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"Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another" [St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans 14:19]
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