I don’t pay daily attention to the Novus Ordo readings. However, here is what the 1st reading was for Mass today in the Novus Ordo, which Francis would have had.
I’m not making this up!
Brothers and sisters:
How can any one of you with a case against another dare to bring it to the unjust for judgment instead of to the holy ones?
Do you not know that the holy ones will judge the world?
If the world is to be judged by you,
are you unqualified for the lowest law courts?
Do you not know that we will judge angels?
Then why not everyday matters?
If, therefore, you have courts for everyday matters, do you seat as judges people of no standing in the Church?
I say this to shame you.
Can it be that there is not one among you wise enough to be able to settle a case between brothers?
But rather brother goes to court against brother, and that before unbelievers?
Now indeed then it is, in any case,
a failure on your part that you have lawsuits against one another.
Why not rather put up with injustice?
Why not rather let yourselves be cheated?
Instead, you inflict injustice and cheat, and this to brothers.
Do you not know that the unjust will not inherit the Kingdom of God?
Do not be deceived;
neither fornicators nor idolaters nor adulterers nor boy prostitutes nor sodomites nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor robbers will inherit the Kingdom of God.
That is what some of you used to be;
but now you have had yourselves washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.
At the Catholic Herald I read interesting account of Francis’ fervorino.
Pope Francis: the Great Accuser is trying to uncover sins to cause scandal
by Staff ReporterTuesday, 11 Sep 2018
‘In these times, it seems like the Great Accuser has been unchained and is attacking bishops,’ the Pope said [I think “accuser” is from the root for “satan”]
The Great Accuser is trying to uncover bishops’ sins in order to scandalise the people, Pope Francis has said. [I’m thinking that that must be incomplete.]
In a homily at Casa Santa Marta on Tuesday morning, the Pope told bishops that they seem to be under attack from the devil. [It would be peculiar if they were not!]
The best way for bishops to fight this, he added, is by being men of prayer who remain close to the people and who have the humility to remember they were chosen by God, Vatican News reports.
The Pope said that prayer is “a bishop’s consolation in difficult times,” because “Jesus is praying for me and for all bishops.”
Referring to the devil, Pope Francis said: “In these times, it seems like the Great Accuser has been unchained and is attacking bishops.”
“True, we are all sinners, we bishops,” he added. “He tries to uncover the sins, so they are visible in order to scandalize the people. [Ummmm…. uncovering sins is the work of the Devil to “scandalize”, by which he means “to shock” rather than to lead into committing sins. Probably.]
“The Great Accuser, as he himself says to God in the first chapter of the Book of Job, ‘roams the earth looking for someone to accuse’.
“A bishop’s strength against the Great Accuser is prayer, that of Jesus and his own, and the humility of being chosen and remaining close to the people of God, without seeking an aristocratic life that removes this unction.
[I’m not entirely convinced that living like an aristocrat removes the anointing that bishops receive in their consecration. As a matter of of fact I know it doesn’t. It’s indelible. Perhaps he means some other anointing?]
“Let us pray, today, for our bishops: for me, for those who are here, and for all the bishops throughout the world.”
Bishops must remain humble, he added, because they were chosen by God.
“The bishop who loves Jesus is not trying to climb a ladder, advancing his vocation as if it were a mere task or seeking a better placement or promotion. No. A bishop feels chosen, and has the certainty of being chosen.
“This drives him to speak with the Lord: ‘You chose me, of little importance, a sinner.’ He is humble, because he feels chosen and feels Jesus’ gaze upon his whole being. This gives him strength.”
A good bishop also does not “try to find refuge with the powerful of elite,” Pope Francis said.
“The ‘elites’ criticise bishops, while the people has an attitude of love towards the bishop. [I’m not sure what he is talking about. If you criticize a bishop you are an “elite”, which is apparently not a good thing to be. But if you love the bishop you don’t criticize. So… never criticize bishop?]
“This is almost a special unction that confirms the bishop in his vocation.”. [So there is an “anointing” that come from El Pueblo? Maybe that is why in 2013 he asked for people to bless him? I’m not sure about this sort of “unction”. But, apparently, if you criticize a bishop – for whatever reason it seems – then you are not part of the “anti-elite” who anoint the bishop. You are the devil. I think i got that right.]
I need to think about this more.
Meanwhile, the reading today…
Did @JamesMartinSJ comment on the reading today?