MEMORIAL: Saint Albert the Great, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

“So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus, who was about to pass that way.” (Luke 19:4.)

Saint Jerome offers the following insight on this verses from today’s Gospel proclamation:

“There certainly is much truth in a certain saying of a philosopher, “Every rich man is either wicked or the heir of wickedness.” That is why the Lord and Savior says that it is difficult for the rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. Someone may raise the objection, “How did wealthy Zacchaeus enter the kingdom of heaven?” He gave away his wealth and immediately replaced it with the riches of the heavenly kingdom. The Lord and Savior did not say that the rich would not enter the kingdom of heaven but that they will enter with difficulty.” (Homily on Psalm 83)

O God,
Who made the Bishop Saint Albert great
by his joining
of human wisdom to divine faith,
grant, we pray,
that we may so adhere to the truths he taught,
that through progress in learning
we may come
to a deeper knowledge and love of You.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Glory to the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be forever. Amen