September 23, 2020

Domini est terra. Christ’s triumphant ascension

Who are they that shall ascend to heaven?: Psalm 24 [23]

Christ Enthroned as King – icon

[1] On the first day of the week, a psalm for David. The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof: the world, and all they that dwell therein.

[2] For he hath founded it upon the seas; and hath prepared it upon the rivers.

[3] Who shall ascend into the mountain of the Lord: or who shall stand in his holy place?

[4] The innocent in hands, and clean of heart, who hath not taken his soul in vain, nor sworn deceitfully to his neighbor.

[5] He shall receive a blessing from the Lord, and mercy from God his Savior.

[6] This is the generation of them that seek him, of them that seek the face of the God of Jacob.

[7] Lift up your gates, O ye princes, and be ye lifted up, O eternal gates: and the King of Glory shall enter in.

[8] Who is this King of Glory? the Lord who is strong and mighty: the Lord mighty in battle.

[9] Lift up your gates, O ye princes, and be ye lifted up, O eternal gates: and the King of Glory shall enter in.

[10] Who is this King of Glory? the Lord of hosts, he is the King of Glory.

A High Priest Forever, in the Melchizedek Order

HaydockComprehensive Catholic commentary [ City abrev. For this posting]

v1. St. Paul attributes this to Jesus in Gen., as does St John does in his gospel Creator of all things and all things belong to Him.[proof of His Divinity] St.Augustine – “The grace of God prevents the unwilling to make him willing”; and it follows the person the person who is in good dispositions, that they may Not be in Vain.” St Jerome – Continual and final perseverance is a special grace of God. Bert. – this is particularly applicable to priests, of both Old and New law. C. Only those who remain in the House of God, His Church on earth, can expect felicity. Wisdom- David always desired to be near the Ark. The Fathers explain it as the resurrection and ascension of the Lord in the sublime sense.

v2Founded or created – Ipsa natat tellis Pelagi lustrata corona The earth was at first covered with water….Which was later poured out again at the deluge.

v3. C. though Christ created and redeemed ALL, yet only the Just inherit felicity.

‘v4. Heart, whose faith, and intentions are pure, as well as actions St Jerome –Vain, by neglecting good works! Or seeking after trifles! C. or as a person only to deceive man. St. Dupont (following the Heb) Bert reads – Nor “sworn an Oath , that man he might deceive.” H. these 2 verses contain an abridgement of the gospel, and show that something better than Mt. Zion is understood Heb vii:22 -When we approach to the tabernacle, AND to the sacred Mysteries, we ought to put these terrible questions to our selves.Bert – We must carefully employ ourselves in good works. W.) by which we can make our “calling” and election sure. (1Pet.i:10)

‘v5. Blessing. The example of Obededom, ‘that the ARK was only terrible to the wicked; and a source of blessing to the just. – Mercy. Heb. – justice, St Augustine – But we see these terms synonymously, and denote that God gives a “just reward”. When He crowns our own merits, He crowns His own gifts.C. Mercy goes before; good works must follow, to obtain eternal glory.Wi.

v6. “Thy FACE o Jacob always”– St. Jerome Heb- imperfect – “all the proceeding virtues belong to Jesus Christ , who obtained Mercy for us. Bert… Disciples of Christ ,must delight in fervent prayer and .in the constant practice of good works; (Prov.xxix:26)!

‘v7. Princes:“lift up your highest gates’....1. The Church has constantly understood this passage as “Christs Ascension, the saints in his train address the angels in astonishment – Theod Euseb. C. the gates of Heaven are more properly styled eternal, than those of a Temple. Or of Jerusalem. C. The prophet contemplating the ascension of Christ invites the angels to receive Him. ‘prosopopeia’, speaks to the gates he is to enter. W.Homer -represents the hours as doorkeepers of heaven ‘removing a thick cloud‘ which obstructs the entrance.

v8. Who, – the question of the Levites, when the ARK approached, who holds a dialogue with the attendants with Christ . St. Jerome – …asserts that the good and bad angels hold a dialogue with God , and good angels also with those in Limbo, to announce their speedy deliverance, as in consequence in Christ Victory over the Devil on Calvary. C. the angels express admiration of the glory of Christ. In his ascension. W. …. the occasion to further display of their conqueror’s dignity and expressed surprise that men should enter Heaven.

‘v10. Host of all heavenly powers.and arbiter of War. Peoples convinced that God granted victory to his people. The title Lord of Hosts is very much applicable to Christ after His Victory. C. Glory. – St Jerome adds “forever”, sela seems to make up part of the sentence that seems neglected in the Vulgate.

Summary; or loose ends:

this is the 1st of 7 alphabetical Psalms!!! 33,35, 110, 111, 118, and 144th, are of the same description Grot. -Each verse forms a distinct sentence , not much connected to the rest.Questions in order easily restored.

Dormition of Mary – Icon

Feast of the Assumption: of Dormition of Mary, our Queen

What does “Love got to do with this”, being just a normal common woman].

To a Catholic, by faith we are told Mary was Assumed into heaven. Why? The Saints declare, She was a Virgin, stainless in Sin. She is also our Mother and the Theotokos. Jesus is faithful to his Commands. We expect to share in His reward, Mercies for All on the Cross, but somehow, his Mother should be held in the same esteem as all his sheep. But most of his sheep have sinned and many continue to sin and must be washed clean regularly with His precious Blood.

Presentation of Messiah to His the Forerunner – Visitation

But our Blessed Virgin Mary, never did? Did she Not attend to Him in everything?; The first in YES, in presentations, and announcements – To His incarnation, His forerunner John, to magi ( the Kings of the world), to the Temple ( enlisted Him with her people, the Hebrews), brought Him out of Egypt ( our slavery to sinfulness). Her charity for others becomes the ’cause’ for His first public miracle. She was there during His ministry, of preaching and miracles, while being abused by her own people and priests. But her loyal friends (from her Temple days, as a child) were always there in faithful support, before the Doctors of the Law, the Last Supper room,the Foot of the Cross.and His borrowed Tomb, She cried, and walked with Him to the cross, and stood with courage at the Foot until her friends placed Him in her arms,. Holding his lifeless body, before wrapping him in his burial linen (again borrowed from her Temple friend), All this, and we are told and come to Know, she always trusted, even when St Simeon’s ( her friend) prophesy broke her heart – and again piercing her heart when it is fulfilled. Always supported of Her Sons fearful friends for more than twenty years, His Apostles tribulations and Glory of Pentecost.

Mary presents Jesus to Her people – The Israel nation

This Psalmist plainly announces Christ ascension, and prophesies the saints triumph with the Lord of Hosts,as the gates must be opened high for their King. Why wouldn’t the Queen be granted this favor as His sinless mother? ( Your denial is without justice or reason!) For this Prophet testifies to this with the Truth of David’s Psalm, written ages before for all Men, of this King, ‘She shall receive a blessing from the Lord, and mercy from God Her Savior.. (Ps24:5) Did she not seek His Face? dry His tears, bathe and feed Him? O Mary, you are our Sinless virtue of innocent hands and clean heart. (Ps24:4,6) the King, by Law, must and with Great gladness does – Fulfill His Faithful Word. This is why our Angels appear surprised, and why the occasion of the Assumption – the angels express such admiration of the glory of Christ, King of Hosts of humility.

Christ Ascension [Ps 24] prophesied

Daily indulgence: a partial indulgence (500 days), plenary indulgence on the usual conditions, if devoutly repeated every day for a month (S.P. Ap., Aug 1, 1934) ACCOLTA pg 270.

#375. Holy mother. pierce me through my heart each wound renew, of my Savior crucified. (Roman missal).

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