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Like A Tree Planted by the Waters

Submitted by on Thursday, 6 October 2011No Comment

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Today’s Readings

  • Reading I:  Malachi 3:13-20
  • Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 1
  • Gospel Reading: Luke 11:5-13

The Wicked Rich and the Miserable Just

The problem of the rich and the poor can also be formulated as "why is it that the wicked grow rich while the just remain poor?" The selection from Malachi 3:13-20b puts the problem in perspective — that is from God’s perspective with some help from His devotees (v. 16). A day will be reserved when it will be plain to everyone how different are the Lord’s devotees from those who are wicked. That day will come with fire that will set all ablaze: the wicked will be burned, but the just will feel it as the warmth of the sun.

The Lord’s fire will have two effects, just as the sun’s heat will have two different effects on either clay or ice cream. As clay will harden up and ice cream will melt under the sun, so the Lord’s fire will burn up the wicked but will be the "sun of justice" for the just.

The responsorial psalm (Psalm 1) reiterates in verse what Malachi’s oracle expresses: the devout will be like a tree that yields fruit at the proper season, the wicked will be like chaff after the burning.

A Lesson in Prayer

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Luke’s catechism on prayer continues. Verses 5-13 can be subdivided for clarity’s sake into 5-8 (A "Who among you…" saying that illustrates persistence in prayer);9-10 (A saying about persistence in prayer) 11-13a (Another "Who among you" saying that drives home the point that God will not refuse the one who prays.

What I have called "Who-among-you" sayings are rhetorical devices that should be distinguished from parables. While a parable is meant to make the listener think (or rethink), "Who-among-you" sayings are meant to induce the listener to accept a subsequent argument as necessarily true. These sayings are so constructed that they make a direct appeal to what the audience would think would happen given a particular situation or circumstance. The appeal however is at the same time couched in narrative form to which the audience must agree on absolutely (otherwise, the appeal won’t be effective). Once the situation has been established, the whole point of the saying is expressed. In other words, the "Who-among-you" sayings prepare for the main idea, in this case, verses 9-10, and 13b.

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Malachi 3:13-20
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13Your words have been unsufferable to me, saith the Lord.
14And you have said: What have we spoken against thee? You have said: He laboureth in vain that serveth God, and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinances, and that we have walked sorrowful before the Lord of hosts?
15Wherefore now we call the proud people happy, for they that work wickedness are built up, and they have tempted God and are preserved.
16Then they that feared the Lord spoke every one with his neighbour: and the Lord gave ear, and heard it: and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that fear the Lord, and think on his name.
17And they shall be my special possession, saith the Lord of hosts, in the day that I do judgment: and I will spare them, as a man spareth his son that serveth him.
18And you shall return, and shall see the difference between the just and the wicked: and between him that serveth God, and him that serveth him not.
Luke 11:5-13
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5And he said to them: Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go to him at midnight, and shall say to him: Friend, lend me three loaves,
6Because a friend of mine is come off his journey to me, and I have not what to set before him.
7And he from within should answer, and say: Trouble me not, the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee.
8Yet if he shall continue knocking, I say to you, although he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend; yet, because of his importunity, he will rise, and give him as many as he needeth.
9And I say to you, Ask, and it shall be given you: seek, and you shall find: knock, and it shall be opened to you.
10For every one that asketh, receiveth; and he that seeketh, findeth; and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened.
11And which of you, if he ask his father bread, will he give him a stone? or a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?
12Or if he shall ask an egg, will he reach him a scorpion?
13If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father from heaven give the good Spirit to them that ask him?
Malachi 3:13-20
View in: NAB NIV KJV NJB Vulg LXX Hebrew
13Your words have been unsufferable to me, saith the Lord.
14And you have said: What have we spoken against thee? You have said: He laboureth in vain that serveth God, and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinances, and that we have walked sorrowful before the Lord of hosts?
15Wherefore now we call the proud people happy, for they that work wickedness are built up, and they have tempted God and are preserved.
16Then they that feared the Lord spoke every one with his neighbour: and the Lord gave ear, and heard it: and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that fear the Lord, and think on his name.
17And they shall be my special possession, saith the Lord of hosts, in the day that I do judgment: and I will spare them, as a man spareth his son that serveth him.
18And you shall return, and shall see the difference between the just and the wicked: and between him that serveth God, and him that serveth him not.

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