More need to dwell on Where He dwells |
The VerbumQUO for today is "habitabo" which in English is the first person future verb for "I will dwell" taken from today's Epistle for the Feria of Thursday in the Third Week of Lent. Today's liturgy is the portal for the Lord to dwell among us in preparation for the next two joyous feasts of Saint Gabriel and the Annunciation leading up to Laetare Sunday.
Editor, The Daily Catholic
Editor's Note: This is a new series the editor has launched in highlighting one word from the Proper of the day's Mass. Taking the Latin Verbum and Quotidianum, which mean respectively "Word" and "Daily", we have coined the word "Verbumquo" by contracting quotidianum to quo and running it together as VerbumQUO for this feature series, thus "The Daily Word," as in the sum of the message, the 'quotient', if you will. It is also our hope that in choosing the Latin word with its meaning and etimology more will be attuned to hearing the word read at the altar and better comprehend the beauty of the Mother tongue. Hopefully in this Time of Lent we can gain a higher appreciation and contemplation on how the Daily Proper of the Holy Mass applies in our lives in alignment with the will of Christ and His Blessed Immaculate Mother and His Mystical Bride, His Holy Roman Catholic Church.
Michael Cain, editor, The Daily Catholic
The VerbumQUO for today's Proper of the Feria for Lent for Thursday in the Third Week of Lent is habitabo which is the first person future verb tense "I will dwell" taken from today's Epistle from Jeremias 7: 1-7 in which the Prophet foretells that if we cooperate with the Lord in carrying out our Lenten duties of praying and fasting and practice charity and justice toward our neighbor, then He shall dwell with His people. Again, we see the importance of the two great commandments which Christ proclaimed: to love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart and mind, and then to love thy neighbor as thyself for love of God.
That is so important for if we proclaim that we love God and practice penance and sacrifice, but do not have love for our neighbor - then it is all for naught just as Saint Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 13: 1-13. Conversely, if we proclaim love for our neighbor but do so not out of love for God but for humanistic reasons, all is for naught as well. Today humanism has become the in thing with various charities that seek to help man, but forget God. For instance, "Habitat for Humanity" is a noble idea, but it has been politicized and, in the process, God has been taken out of the equation. Interesting word, habitat, from which we get inhabit, as in dwelling in from the Latin verb habitare to dwell. We can see its etimology in Websters:
"inhabit", "dwell in" - verb, [From the Latin habitare to dwell in + habitare to dwell.] 1. To live in; to occupy as a place of residence or habitat. 2. Obs. a To settle; people b To establish as resident - v.i. Archaic To dwell; abide. - inhabitability, noun, habitat, noun, place of dwelling - inhabitancy, noun, inhabitant, inhabiter,noun A permanent residence in a place, as distinguished from a transient lodger or visitor. - inhabitable, adj.. [The word "dwell" comes from the Anglo Saxon word dwellan which means "to mislead, hinder, tarry."] Therefore the word dwell comes from the definition of "to abide; remain; linger; to abide as a resident to live in a place; reside. dweller, noun. One who abides in a place. "
Who else but the Lord does this best fit, for God dwelling within is as good as it gets. When you have God, you have everything and should never want for anything else. That is why the word habitabo is so special, and used twice in today's Epistle from the Lord Himself through the Prophet Jeremias in Jeremias 17: 1-7:
Léctio Jeremiæ Prophétæ.
In diébus illis: Factum est verbum Dómini ad me, dicens: Sta in porta domus Dómini: et prædica ibi verbum istud, et dic: Audite verbum Dómini omnis Juda, qui ingredímini, per portas has, ut adorétis Dóminum. Hæc dicit Dóminus exercítuum Deus Israël: Bonas fácite vias vestras, et stúdia vestra: et habitábo vobíscum in loco isto. Nolíte confídere in verbis mendácii, dicéntes: Templum Dómini, templum Dómini, templum Dómini est. Quóniam si bene direxéritis vias vestras, et stúdia vestra: si fecéritis judícium inter virum et próximum ejus, advenæ, et pupíllo, et vidun non fecéritis calúmniam, nec sánguinem innocéntem effudéritis in loco hoc et post deos aliénos non ambulavéritis in malum vobismetípsis: habitábo vobíscum in loco isto: in terra, quam dedi pátribus vestris a sæculo et usque in sæculum: ait Dóminus omnípotens.
Lesson from Jeremias the Prophet. In those days, the word of the Lord came to me, saying, Stand in the gate of the house of the Lord; and proclaim there this word, and say, Hear ye the word of the Lord, all ye men of Juda, that enter in at these gates, to adore the Lord. Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, 'Make your ways and your doings good; and I will dwell with you in this place. Trust not in lying words, saying, The temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, it is the temple of the Lord. For if you will order well your ways and your doings; if you will execute judgment between a man and his neighbor; if you oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and shed not innocent blood in this place, and walk not after strange gods to your own hurt; I will dwell with you in this place; in the land which I gave to your fathers from the beginning, and forevermore:' saith the Lord almighty.
Perhaps we should have added for today's VerbumQUO the Latin vobiscum which means "with you" as the priest says to the faithful everyday at Holy Mass several times: Dominus vobiscum - "The Lord be with you"; to which the Altar Server responds on our behalf: Et cum spiritu tuo - "And with thy spirit." The essence of God's promise to dwell with His people. In today's Gospel Christ dwells with those in need from Simon Peter's mother-in-law to the many sick whom He healed as well as the multitudes in which He announces that He will dwell not just in Israel but to the Gentiles as well. Today's Proper is the portal, if you will, for the Propers through the rest of this week. For God employs the Archangel Saint Gabriel, as we shall see tomorrow, to announce that God has chosen the Blessed Virgin Mary to dwell within at the Annunciation which we celebrate on Saturday.
God dwells with us today in His Holy Church, despite that it has been eclipsed by a false religion which seeks to prop man above God. What was that we said about humanism? Yes, the balance of God and man has been thrown askew and we are left with "the abomination of desolation" Jesus foretold in Matthew 24: 15, because, like the Israelites of old, man chose to follow his own will rather than God's will. We can clearly see the error of that.
The great consolation we have is to be able to receive Christ Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity wherever the True Holy Sacrifice is offered up in Traditional churches and chapels. Only there can we be assured He is dwelling with us for in the Novus Ordo the "abomination of desolation" makes the offering for naught because the words used are man's, not God's - having dared to incur "the wrath of Almighty God and the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul" as previous, reliable and holy Popes have set in stone in their infallible Papal decrees. But today it has all been watered down and compromised, penance and sacrifice greatly de-emphasized, and horizontal humanism placed as an inordinate priority. So much for the perpetuity and permanency of the Truths and Traditions that Holy Mother Church preserved and passed down for nearly 1950 years. It reminds one of what the Prophet foretold about "and walk not after strange gods to your own hurt." No wonder the conciliar church is in such chaos today, because God is not dwelling there. Why? It is not His Church. His Church remains loyal to Him while the new church, the one forged from the scraps of humanism and modernism in fashioning the new Baal today has forfeited their heritage to the habitat of the Lord unless they return to the Lord's dwelling - His True Church and practice all He had taught.
The renowned Benedictine Abbot Dom Gueranger weighs in on today's Gospel from Luke 4: 38-44, which reinforces how much Jesus wants to dwell with us:
"Let us here admire the goodness of our Redeemer, Who deigns to exercise His power for the cure of bodily infirmities. How much more ready will He be to heal our spiritual ailments! Our fever is that of evil passions; Jesus alone can allay it. Let us imitate the eagerness of these people of Galilee, who brought all their sick to Jesus; let us beseech Him to heal us. See with what patience He welcomes each poor sufferer! Let us also go to Him. Let us implore of Him not to depart from us, but abide with us for ever; He will accept our petition, and remain. Let us pray for sinners: the days of the great fast are quickly passing away: we have reached the second half of Lent, and the Passover of our deliverance will soon be here. Look at the thousands that are unmoved, with their souls still blind to the light, and their hearts hardened against every appeal of God's mercy and justice; they seem resolved on making their eternal perdition less doubtful than ever, by neglecting both the Lent and the Easter of this year. Let us offer up our penances for them; and beg of Jesus by the merits of His sacred Passion, to redouble His mercies towards them, and to deliver from satan these souls, for whose sake He is about to shed His Blood."
What greater act of charity toward those who have forgotten the meaning and necessity of Lent than to offer our prayers and penance for them? That is what God is asking and what St. Paul emphasizes in 1 Corinthians 17: 1-7. We cannot fall into the trap that the Jews did that all they had to do was go through the exterior motions and not have consideration for their fellow man. Traditional Catholics cannot be content to just practice our Faith and become isolated in our Traditional communities without seeking to convert others to the truths we have. That is true charity. Pointing out those things which offend God is also true charity and by the actions and words of the conciliarists if we do not speak out and identify the imposters, more souls will be lost. Is that charity? No. We must want them to return to the bosom of the Lord where He will dwell in their hearts exteriorly and interiorly. Identifying why is the measure of charity we can extend to our confused Novus Ordo brethren. We should want and work toward the habit of others having and wanting God to inhabit their hearts. It takes charity and sacrifice to make His inhabiting a habit in hearts, and to remind all that He is always present in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar where the blood and wine is truly confected - only in the Traditional Latin Mass of all ages. Basically, it comes down to the fact to express true charity to our neighbor that more need to dwell on Where He dwells.