Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Commemoration of St Bonaventure, Bishop, Confessor and Doctor of the Church
Léctio Epístolæ beáti Petri Apóstoli.
1 Pet 3:8-15
Caríssimi: Omnes unánimes in oratióne estóte, compatiéntes, fraternitátis amatóres, misericórdes, modésti, húmiles: non reddéntes malum pro malo, nec maledíctum pro maledícto, sed e contrário benedicéntes: quia in hoc vocáti estis, ut benedictiónem hereditáte possideátis. Qui enim vult vitam dilígere et dies vidére bonos, coérceat linguam suam a malo, et lábia eius ne loquántur dolum. Declínet a malo, et fáciat bonum: inquírat pacem, et sequátur eam. Quia óculi Dómini super iustos, et aures eius in preces eórum: vultus autem Dómini super faciéntes mala. Et quis est, qui vobis nóceat, si boni æmulatóres fuéritis? Sed et si quid patímini propter iustítiam, beáti. Timórem autem eórum ne timuéritis: et non conturbémini. Dóminum autem Christum sanctificáte in córdibus vestris. R. Deo gratias.
Lesson from the letter of St Paul the Apostle to the Romans
1 Pet 5:6-11
Beloved: Be all like-minded in prayer, compassionate, lovers of the brethren, merciful, reserved, humble; not rendering evil for evil, or abuse for abuse, but contrariwise, blessing; for unto this were you called that you might inherit a blessing. For, He who would love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no deceit. Let him turn away from evil and do good, let him seek after peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are upon the just, and His ears unto their prayers; but the face of the lord is against those who do evil. And who is there to harm you, if you are zealous for what is good? But even if you suffer anything for justice’ sake, blessed are you. So have no fear of their fear and do not be troubled. But hallow the Lord Christ in your hearts. R. Thanks be to God.
Sequéntia ✠ sancti Evangélii secúndum Matthaeum..
R. Gloria tibi, Domine!
In illo témpore: Dixit Iesus discípulis suis: Nisi abundáverit iustítia vestra plus quam scribárum et pharisæórum, non intrábitis in regnum coelórum. Audístis, quia dic tum est antíquis: Non occídes: qui autem occídent, re us erit iudício. Ego autem dico vobis: quia omnis, qu iráscitur fratri suo, reus erit iudício. Qui autem díxerit fratri suo, raca: reus erit concílio. Qui autem díxerit, fatue: reus erit gehénnæ ignis Si ergo offers munus tuum ad altáre, et ibi recordátus fúeris, quia frater tuus habet áliquid advérsum te: relínque ibi munus tuum ante altáre et vade prius reconciliári fratri tuo: et tunc véniens ófferes munus tuum.
R. Laus tibi, Christe!
S. Per Evangelica dicta, deleantur nostra delicta.
Continuation ☩ of the Holy Gospel according to Matthew
R. Glory be to Thee, O Lord.
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: Unless your justice exceeds that of the Scribes and Pharisees, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven. You have heard that it was said to the ancients, ‘You shall not kill’; and that whoever shall kill shall be liable to judgment. But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment; and whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca,’ shall be liable to the Sanhedrin; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’, shall be liable to the fire of Gehenna. Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift before the altar and go first to be reconciled to your brother; and then come and offer your gift.
R. Praise be to Thee, O Christ.
S. By the words of the Gospel may our sins be blotted out.
‘The true sacrifice is reconciliation with our brother’ says St John Chrysostom ‘The first sacrifice is necessary to offer to God ‘adds Bossuet ‘is a heart set free from coldness and unfriendliness towards one’s brother.’ (Meditations, 14th day).
St Andrew Daily Missal; with Vespers for Sundays and Feasts, Dom Gaspar Lefebvre O.S.B. of the Abbey of S. André, Bruges, 1940-1947, p. 807.