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?NsAs CA OL,C To .1C, 1 ''~his man we!con~e~ sinners and ea~ F C ..... Jk with them. '-' . I,JL,/I 'lU/ ] The scribes and Pharisees were shocked [ ~ [ discover that Jesus had a special place | ] His heart for 'tax collectors and sin- / ~[O~AY I nets," The very idea! No self-respecting | ,- -- I rabbi would waste his time on that sort of | r.xoclus ] ~ash. He even joined them for meals!t32:7-11, 13-14I this meant that|esus considered them | 1 Timothy ] _to be either honored guests or close as | 1:12-17 ] t ily. How shocking! / Luke ] We do not find ourselves as upset as / 15:1-32 [ ese religious leaders and good people / Ft. William Gould of[ f ere. After all, we expect Jesus to reach __ lied | out to, sinners, those on the periphery, Yes, He is -- that is if we buy into ciety s rejects and throw-aways. But what the idea (a basic part of our Catholic Ss 0,dlI about in today's real life? faith) that the Church is meant to con- q Ut]esus isn't here in today's world," tinue Christ's work in the world. "We We miglat say " are supposed to be doing whatever September 12, 1998 Page 5 .......................................................... 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The only way that we will be able to serve the Lord in this way is, if we also have a heart as big as Jesus. Plus it is important to remember that we also are forgiven sinners. Each one of us, in h!s or her own way, has been "stiff-necked (to quote God from today s Exodus reading) and has "turned aside from the way I pointed out to them." St. Paul puts it this way: "I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who.., has made me his servant and judged me faithful. Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Of these I myself am ttle worst. But on that very account I was dealt with mercifidly, so that in me, as an extreme case,Jesus Christ might display all His patience...." Our experience of-- and our grati- tude for -- forgiveness should help us become compassionate forgivers, people who can help the Good Shepherd bring back "the lost one until he finds it." That's a big part of what it means to be Catholic! Father William Gould's weekly column is sponsored by Little Rock Scripture Study, .~_~ ,sdO we explain the words in the Prayer, "lead us not into temp- 0n?" Surely God does not try to lead us d sin. Why would such a thought be in- in the Our Father? ] You are right, of course. The Letter of !eam es in the New Testament says clearly, is not subject .,ternptation to % and He Him- Self tempts no ne" (1:13). Obviously, erefore, that sec- uon of the Lord's Prayer is a mis- taken translation, aistake which as persisted in nglish Bibles, %th Protestant Catholic, for Fr. John Dietzen U dreds of years. th t s not possible to explore here why change occurred, but more correct 19 ations began to appear only in the Wording of Our Father determined by English-speaking bishops ,,LThe (Protestant) New English Bible reads test" instead of temptation. The (Catho- lic) New American Bible now has the words "do not subject us to the final test" in both Matthew (6:13) and Luke (11:4). These and other recent translations of the Lord's Prayer in the Gospels are some- what closer to the real meaning. Interestingly, the first drafts of the new "Catechism of the Catholic Church" at- tempted to remedy the traditional mistake with a more accurate and theologically correct wording. In the end, however, the English-speaking bishops decided to keep "lead us not into temptation" because of its centuries-old usage in Catholic liturgies and devotions. The catechism gives an enlightening and inspiring explanation of this text in its commentary on the Our Father. It acknowl- edges first of all that no one English word, like "temptation" or "test," can convey the rich meaning of the Greek word in the Gospels. In this sixth petition of the Lord's Prayer, we ask God to keep us from the way that leads to sin, to help us unmask the lie in every temptation, whose object appears to be good, but in reality leads to death. In other words, Christ unites us here with his battle against evil and his agony, I ~au/ [ [1 ~4F~! ] "Asabigbscboolsopbomore, l visited one of the Hawthorne Domtntcaus' bomes I II I with friends. The impression the Sisters andpattents made on me was deep and I II ~5~lll I lasting, l finished high school with all the flourishes and experiences anyone I I cou ,Ion and offto comp n.g myra year, I IV I theno,,a I I t....._ ~ I I have no doubt in the presence of God and His ability to use me for Hispurpose. [ I _ Many pieces coml tned led me to religious rife Many grace-titled moments I I ~ through eacband eve/y -day. I look back on~ to thank God/or the gift of my life and of being ] [ ~t~rn-e~l)o':m~n[ca~ I look forward with trust andpraye~,, knowing the strength and I respond to theHoly spirit is there each if I continue to say yes to grace." Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Georgia, Minnesota We nurse incurable cancer patients in seven free, modern nursing homes. Many who enter our I CO.unity have i,'hurch by prayer no prior nursing experience. Living our vows and participating in the life of the . and sacraments enables us to serve God in this apostolate. :l Interested women are invited to visit threu~haut the year. For more Information: Write or call, Sr. M. Joseph, O.P., ARK ' Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne, 600 Linda Avenue, Hawihome, NY 10532 Tel: (914) 769-4794 Visit our WEB site - http://www.hawthorne-dominicans.oro/dsh/dshmain'html I~ ~ Phone ( ) Slate Zip and urges us to the vigilance that keeps our heart in communion with his (CC #2846-2849). Many saints and theologians have com- mented extensively on the Our Father -- ountdown through the centuries. Their thoughts and insights are summarized well and succinctly in the catechism's extended section on this, the common and central prayer of all Christians. Most Catholics know something about THE St, Aug ustine, but more of them should know about St. Augustine of Can erbury. Called "The Apostle of England" he was the first archbishop of Canterbury, a title now held by Anglican bishops. An Italian monk,Augustine and 30 of his fellows were corn missioned by Pope Gregory the Great to eva ngelize the Anglo-Saxons, The monks succeeded in converting King Ethelbertof Kent, and manyof his subjectsfollowed suit. Under Augustine's leadership, Christianityspread throughout England, churches were built and a bishopric was established at London. Augustine died in 604 and is buried in Canterbury. His feast is May26 in England and May28 elsewhere. ELSEWHERE IN TIME Gregory the Great is succeeded by Pope Sabinian... Mohammed's daughter, Fatima, born...Ja panese ambassadors sent to China,..Pantheon in Rome a Catholic church... Norse invade Ireland. to2_00 0m: t: c&br man e Bishop McDonald will celebrate a / . /. ",< / /, C" Marriage Anniversary Mass for couples married 25 years or longer, Sunday, Oct. 4 at 11 a.m. at St.Edward Church, Texarkana. A reception will ollow.