Thought of the day
Friday, November 11, 2016

Friday of the Thirty-second week in Ordinary Time

Saint Romanos Melodios (?-c 560), composer of hymns Hymn of Noah, str. 11f. (cf. SC 99, p.117f. rev.)

Friday of the Thirty-second week in Ordinary Time

Commentary of the day 

Saint Romanos Melodios (?-c 560), composer of hymns 
Hymn of Noah, str. 11f. (cf. SC 99, p.117f. rev.)

                    "As it was in the days of Noah"

Noah, the wise... went into the ark at God's orders together with his sons and their wives, a mere eight souls in all. With constant groans this servant prayed thus: “Let me not perish with sinners, my Savior, for already I see chaos swamping creation and the elements shaken with fear... The clouds are ready, the sky stormy, angels run before your wrath.” At these words, God shut the ark and sealed it as his faithful one cried out: “Save mankind from wrath, O redeemer of the world, may you protect us with your love.”

Then, from the heights of heaven, the judge gives the order: immediately the floodgates open, pouring down rain and hail in torrents from one end of the world to the other; fear causes the springs of the abyss to gush forth, flooding the earth in every quarter... Such were the results of God's anger because humankind had persisted in its hardness of heart instead of hastening to cry out to him with faith: “Save all humankind from wrath in the love you have for us, O Redeemer of the world”...

Then the choir of angels cried out, seeing carnal men destroyed: “Now let the just possess the length and breadth of the earth!” For the Creator delights to behold those made in his own image (Gn 1,26); this is why he set aside his saints to save them. Noah... released the dove and in the evening it returned, bearing an olive branch in its beak, symbolically announcing God's mercy. Then Noah came out of the ark as from the tomb, according to the command he had received..., not, as formerly, like Adam, who had eaten of the tree that brings death, for Noah had brought forth the fruits of repentance, saying: “Save all humankind from wrath in the love you have for us, O Redeemer of the world.”

Corruption and wickedness have perished; the man of upright heart is victorious by his faith for he has found grace... Then the just man (Gn 6,9) offers an unblemished sacrifice to the Lord... The Creator, smelling the sweet-smelling odor, declares: “Nevermore will the world perish in a flood, even should all men lead a life of wickedness.  Today I will make with them a binding covenant. I will show my bow as a sign to all the dwellers on earth, that thus they may call upon my name: “Save all humankind from wrath in the love you have for us, O Redeemer of the world.”