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Actual Sermon Preached to the Congregation by
Patriarch Jacobus Maria DeJesus, D.D.
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1st Sunday of Lent
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Cover of an Epistolarium and Evangeliarium
Book of Epistles & Gospels for the Mass

Epistle for the First Sunday in Lent
2 Corinthians 6:1-10.
The Epistle appointed to be read during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass today is taken from Saint Paul's 2nd Epistle to the Corinthians, Chapter 6, Verses 1-10.

Brethren:  We... exhort you, that you receive not the Grace of God in vain.  For He saith:  In an accepted time have I heard thee; and in the day of salvation have I helped thee.

Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.  Giving no offence to any man, that our ministry be not blamed:  but in all things let us exhibit ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in tribulation, in necessities, in distresses, in stripes, in prisons, in seditions, in labours, in watchings, in fastings, in chastity, in knowledge, in longsuffering, in sweetness, in the Holy Ghost, in charity unfeigned, in the word of Truth, in the power of God.

By the armour of justice on the right hand and on the left.  By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true; as unknown, and yet known;  as dying, and behold we live; as chastised, and not killed;  as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as needy, yet enriching many; as having nothing, and possessing all things.
 


Gospel for the First Sunday in Lent
Matthew 4:1-11.

Please stand for the Holy Gospel.

The Gospel appointed to be read during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass today is taken from the Holy Gospel of Saint Matthew, Chapter 4, Verses 1-11.

At that time:  Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert, to be tempted by the Devil.

And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterwards He was hungry.  And the tempter coming said to Him:  If Thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.  Who answered and said:  It is written:  Not in bread alone doth man live, but in every word that proceedeth from the mouth of God.  Then the Devil took Him up into the holy city, and set Him upon the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him:  If Thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down, for it is written:

That He hath given His Angels charge over Thee, and in their hands shall they bear thee up, lest perhaps Thou dash Thy foot against a stone.
Jesus said to him: It is written again:  Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

Again the Devil took Him up into a very high mountain, and shewed Him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them,  and said to Him:  All these will I give Thee, if falling down Thou wilt adore me.

Then Jesus saith to him:  Begone, Satan:  for it is written:  The Lord thy God shalt thou adore, and Him only shalt thou serve.

Then the Devil left Him; and behold Angels came and ministered to Him

Thus far are the words of today's Holy Gospel.

Please be seated.



 
“His Truth shall compass thee with a shield: thou shalt not be afraid of the terror of the night.  Of the arrow that flieth in the day, of the business that walketh about in the dark: of invasion, or of the noonday devil.  A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand: but it shall not come nigh thee.” (TRACT - Psalm 90:5-7).
 
  In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen.
 
How many times do so many of us feel overwhelmed, especially because we are on the front lines in the war against Satan and his devils and their human followers?

In today’s Tract from Psalm 90, God the Holy Ghost is telling all of us that God will protect us from all of our enemies.  “His Truth shall compass thee with a shield”.

It is comforting to know that God’s Truth is a shield that protects us from the lies of the devils and their human instruments.   But the Scripture also teaches all of us that we must first be lovers of the Truth, otherwise God will never protect us with His shield of Truth where you read:

“...because they receive not the love of the Truth, that they might be saved. Therefore God shall send them the operation of error, to believe lying:   That all may be judged who have not believed the Truth.” (2 Thessalonians 2:10-11).

“Thou shalt not be afraid of the terror of the night.” (Psalm 90:5).

What is:  “the terror of the night”?

It includes negative thoughts and feelings as well as worry about oneself and others, including all the problems of the day which want to spend the night roosting in the mind which can lead to insomnia and other problems.

What is: “Of the arrow that flieth in the day.” (Psalm 90:6)?

Many decades ago, by the Most Holy Will and Grace of God, I had the opportunity to attend a Catholic Grade School.  Every 6 weeks, when the report cards would come out, the Pastor of our Church, who held the rank of a Right Reverend Monsignor, would go around to all eight separate classrooms and hand out every individual report card to every individual student.  After this, the Sister who taught that particular grade, would ask him if he would be so kind as to give a brief dramatic performance.

By the way, it was by doing entire plays by Shakespeare that he was able to bring in enough money to pay off the debt on the new church building which debt he had inherited from the previous Pastor.  So, of course, he was more than happy to oblige.

Monsignor would quote either from the famous dagger scene soliloquy of Macbeth, or the famous soliloquy of Hamlet that begins: “To be, or not to be”.

What follows seems to explain the passage in this Psalm because the Bard of Avon has Hamlet say:

“Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them”
(William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark”, 1604 A.D., ACT III, Scene I, Elsinore. A room in the Castle, Hamlet-Soliloquy) so accurately explains “the arrow that flieth in the day.”
What is:  “Of the business that walketh about in the dark: of invasion, or of the noonday devil.” (Psalm 90:6)?

This refers to the evil spirits that invade the earth, wandering around at night, and of those that even dare to prowl around during the light of day.  This is explained by Saint Peter in the New Testament where he writes:  “Be sober and watch: because your adversary the Devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about seeking whom he may devour.  Whom resist ye, strong in faith” (1 Peter 5:8-9).

What is: “A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand: but it shall not come nigh thee.” (Psalm 90:7)?

God will protect you from the attacks of the Devil and his legions of fallen angels by means of your Guardian Angel. So also, Saint Michael the Archangel will defend you if you are faithful in saying the Exorcism Prayers every day.

This passage from verse 7 is explained more clearly in verses 14 through 16:

90:14.  Because he hoped in Me, I will deliver him: I will protect him because he hath known My Name.

90:15.  He shall cry to Me, and I will hear him: I am with him in tribulation, I will deliver him, and I will glorify him.

90:16. I will fill him with length of days; and I will shew him My salvation.

On Sundays and special Feast Days, it is recited or chanted during Compline.

These passages We have been explaining are from Psalm 90 which Psalm was recited by many people during the German air raids on England during World War II because it gives people HOPE as it increases their FAITH, TRUST, and CONFIDENCE in God as the Apocalypse testifies:

“11   He that hurteth, let him hurt still:  and he that is filthy, let him be filthy still:  and he that is just, let him be justified still:  and he that is holy, let him be sanctified still.
12   Behold, I come quickly; and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to his works.
13   I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.
14   Blessed are they that wash their robes in the Blood of the Lamb:  that they may have a right to the Tree of Life, and may enter in by the gates into the city.” (Apocalypse 22:11-14).

Resolutions


The Speaker and the Hearers
The Writer and the Readers


It can neither profit me, the speaker, to speak, nor you, the hearers, to hear, unless we comply with the things which are spoken, ...so let us not limit the display of our zeal to hearing only, but let us observe what is said in our deeds. For it is indeed a good thing to spend time continually in hearing the Divine oracles: but this good thing becomes useless when the benefit to be derived from hearing is not linked with it.”   (Patriarch Saint John Chrysostom [b. Antioch, c. 347 A.D. - d. at Commana in Pontus on Friday, September 14, 407 A.D.], Patriarch of Constantinople [Thursday, February 26, 398 A.D. - Thursday, June 24, 404 A.D.], exiled from his See the 2nd time on Thursday, June 24, 404 A.D., Father and Doctor of the Catholic Church. Sermon on Romans 12:20; emphasis added.)


Let us now review our resolutions:

For our resolutions, let all of us, by the Grace of God, firmly resolve to thank the good God for His promise to protect you from all of the evil spirits and their human agents, not only in Psalm 90, but even in chapter 22 of the Apocalypse.

During this Lent, while you are trying, by the Grace of God, to redouble your efforts to live a life which is holy and pleasing to God, and while you are realistic if you expect to be attacked again and again by such things as:

“the terror of the night.  Of the arrow that flieth in the day, of the business that walketh about in the dark: of invasion, or of the noonday devil”
while you are at it be at peace and remember God’s promise to those who truly love Him so that even if, God forbid, many should fall into the temptations of the devils, know that you are protected by the shield of God’s Truth.

This is why even IF:  “a thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand”,  you are protected and so:  “it shall not come nigh [to] thee”, provided that you earn the right to God’s protection by continuing to pray for the Graces you need to always remain just - i.e. to obey God’s Laws; and holy - i.e. to sanctify yourself by assisting at Mass and receiving the Sacraments.

Holiness should also be found in your Spiritual Life.  We recommend moderation such as only one or two religious devotions, rather than many of them.  We likewise recommend a realistic Prayer Life by which you take into consideration the demands made on your time, which you should also consider regarding your Spiritual Reading.

The bottom line is this: it is better to say a few prayers for your Morning and Evening Prayers everyday, than more prayers said but once a week.  It is also better to spend 2 to 5 minutes every day doing your Spiritual Reading than trying to make up for it once a week.

Of course, IF you have more time for these things, then you should devote more time to them.  But, IF you are on a very tight time schedule, then the key is to do a little each and every day of the week - all 7 days - rather than lot, but only once a week.



Conclusion
“His Truth shall compass thee with a shield: thou shalt not be afraid of the terror of the night.  Of the arrow that flieth in the day, of the business that walketh about in the dark: of invasion, or of the noonday devil.  A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand: but it shall not come nigh thee.” (TRACT - Psalm 90:5-7).
 
  In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen.



The Blessing
V. Sit + Nomen Domini benedictum.
R. Ex hoc nunc, et usque in saeculum.
V. Adjutorium nostrum in
Nomine Domini.
R. Qui fecit cœlum et terram.
V. Benedicat vos, Omnipotens Deus:
V. Pa + ter, et Fi + lius, et Spiritus + Sanctus, descendat super vos, et maneat semper.
R. Amen.
V. Blessed + be the Name of the Lord.
R. Now and for ever more.x
V. Our help is in the Name of the Lord.
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R. Who made Heaven and earth.
V. May Almighty God Bless thee:x
V. The Fa + ther, the + Son, and the Holy + Ghost, descend upon thee, and always remain with thee.
R. Amen.

Our Blessed Mother asks Catholics to
Pray her Traditional Rosary daily.
The Rosary will really make a
Powerful difference in Your Life!

The Memorare
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help or sought thy intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen. 
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