Thought of the day
Monday, January 16, 2017

Monday of the Second week in Ordinary Time

Rupert of Deutz (c.1075-1130), Benedictine monk On the Trinity and all His works, 42, On Isaiah, 2, 26

Monday of the Second week in Ordinary Time

Commentary of the day 

Rupert of Deutz (c.1075-1130), Benedictine monk On the Trinity and all His works, 42, On Isaiah, 2, 26 

                       "The Bridegroom is with them"

“I rejoice heartily in the Lord, in my God is the joy of my soul..., Like a bridegroom adorned with a diadem, like a bride bedecked with her jewels.” Head and members, Bridegroom and Bride, Christ and the Church: we are all one body. Henceforward, in Christ the Bridegroom the crown of victory will shine for evermore – he who is my head and who suffered for a while. Whereas upon me, his Bride, will shine the jewels of his triumphs and graces. 

      “As the earth brings forth its plants and a garden makes its growth spring up, so will the Lord God make justice and praise spring up before all the nations.” He is the Bridegroom and I his Bride; he is the Lord God and I his land and garden; he is the gardener and I his field. The same one who, as Creator, is my Lord and God, is also my gardener since he became man... Since the gardener “plants and waters but God gives the increase”, so he who is the Only One plants with his humanity and waters when he proclaims the Good News and gives the increase through his divinity thanks to his Spirit. Therefore I, the Church, “will bring forth and cause to spring up the justice of faith and praise of God”, not just before the Jews but “before all the nations”. They “will see my good deeds” when they read of the words and deeds of the patriarchs and prophets, when they hear the voice of the apostles and receive their light. They will see and believe and “glorify their heavenly Father”. 

(Biblical references: Is 61:10f.; 1Cor 12:12; Jn 15:1; 1Co 3:6-9; Mt 5:16)