Sunday, January 27, 2013

Septuagesima Sunday 2013

Septuagesima Sunday - 3 Sundays before Lent - 9 Sundays before Easter.  The Pre-Lenten Season has begun!  It is time to begin preparing for Lent.  What will your penance be this year?  

Septuagesima is representative of "70" in Latin, however Easter is really 63 days away.  It is thought that both Septuagesima and Sexagesima (60 days) both relate to Quinquagesima Sunday (50 days) as that is closer to the number of days, but even there - it's 49 days.

The Mass readings for today in the Extraordinary Rite (Traditional Latin Mass) are also very related to recent topics of discussion here on the CathApol Blog!  The Epistle: 
EPISTLE I Cor. 9:24-27; 10:1-5Brethren: Know you not that they that run in the race, all run indeed, but one receiveth the prize. So run that you may obtain. And every one that striveth for the mastery refraineth himself from all things. And they indeed that they may receive a corruptible crown: but we an incorruptible one. I therefore so run, not as at an uncertainty: I so fight, not as one beating the air. But I chastise my body and bring it into subjection: lest perhaps, when I have preached to others, I myself should become a castaway. For I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud: and all passed through the sea. And all in Moses were baptized, in the cloud and in the sea: And did all eat the same spiritual food: And all drank the same spiritual drink: (And they drank of the spiritual rock that followed them: and the rock was Christ.) But with most of them God was not well pleased.

Actually, it's a recurring theme here on this blog - note - "all" run in the race, but only "one" receives the prize.  But more importantly here, St. Paul expresses the concern that even he could be "a castaway" - if even St. Paul is concerned for his salvation - how can OSAS (Once Saved, Always Saved) be anything but a fiction?

And the Gospel:

GOSPEL Matt. 20:1-16At that time, Jesus spoke to His disciples this parable:"The kingdom of heaven is like to an householder, who went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. And having agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And going out about the third hour, he saw others standing in the marketplace idle. And he said to them: 'Go you also into my vineyard, and I will give you what shall be just.' And they went their way. And again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did in like manner. But about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing, and he saith to them: 'Why stand you here all the day idle?' They say to him: 'Because no man hath hired us.' He saith to them: 'Go ye also into my vineyard.' And when evening was come, the lord of the vineyard saith to his steward: 'Call the labourers and pay them their hire, beginning from the last even to the first.' When therefore they were come that came about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. But when the first also came, they thought that they should receive more: And they also received every man a penny. And receiving it they murmured against the master of the house, Saying: 'These last have worked but one hour. and thou hast made them equal to us, that have borne the burden of the day and the heats.' But he answering said to one of them: 'friend, I do thee no wrong: didst thou not agree with me for a penny? Take what is thine, and go thy way: I will also give to this last even as to thee. Or, is it not lawful for me to do what I will? Is thy eye evil, because I am good?' So shall the last be first and the first last. For many are called but few chosen."
The last sentence is the key here - "For many are called but few are chosen."  Let us ask our Calvinist friends if God has failed in the calling of the many - since only a few of those end up being "chosen?"


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