We need to listen!|
The VerbumQUO for today is "Vox", Latin for "Voice" which asserts that there is only One Voice we should always listen to and that is Almighty God Who sent His only-begotten Son to redeem us through the merits of His Passion, Death and Resurrection. His Voice directed how His teachings would be perpetuated: through His Holy Church. Listen to your Mother the Church, your true Mother the Church.
Editor, The Daily Catholic
Editor's Note: The editor has relaunched this series for Lent in order to highlight one word from the Proper of the day's Mass. Taking the Latin Verbum and Quotidianum, which mean respectively "Word" and "Daily", we have coined the word "Verbumquo" by contracting quotidianum to quo and running it together as VerbumQUO for this feature series, thus "The Daily Word," as in the sum of the message, the 'quotient', if you will. It is also our hope that in choosing the Latin word with its meaning and etimology more will be attuned to hearing the word read at the altar and better comprehend the beauty of the Mother tongue. Hopefully in this Time of Lent we can gain a higher appreciation and contemplation on how the Daily Proper of the Holy Mass applies in our lives in alignment with the will of Christ and His Blessed Immaculate Mother and His Mystical Bride, His Holy Roman Catholic Church.
Michael Cain, editor, The Daily Catholic
Today the VerbumQUO for the Holy Mass for the SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT is Vox from which is derived Vocis, both nouns for "Voice" and while there are many definitions and uses of the word both as a noun and verb, it is unmistakable the true meaning of The Voice. God, first and foremost and if we do not voice this, we may end up in the company of many voices crying out in agony. Let us, therefore, look at the etimology of the word. From the Latin word Vox we get the English "voice" and "vocal" which Webster's defines thusly:
"Voice" - noun, "[From the Latin vox, vocis.] 1. Sound uttered by living beings, esp. by human biengs in speech or song, crying, shouting, etc. 2. Faculty or power of utterance; speech. 3. Any sound regarded as, or likened to, vocal utterance; as the voice of the sea. 4. Anything likened to human speech as an instrument or medium of expression; as, the ballot is the voice of the people - vox populi. 5. Expressed wish, choice, or opinion; hence, right to express one's wish, etc.; vote; as, to have no voice in the matter. 6. Obs. Rumor; also, fame; reputation. 7. Gram. Distinction of form in a verb, or a particular system of verbal inflection, to indicate the relation of the subject to the verb to the action which the verb expresses; also, the relation so indicated; as, the active and passive voices. 8. Music, a. Musical sound produced by the vocal cords and resonated by the various cavities of the head and throat; tones delivered in singing. b. The ability to sing; as, to have a voice. c. Condition of the vocal organs with respect to the production of musical tones; as, to be in good voice. 9. Phonet. Vocal sound of the kind heard in vowels and in such consonants as l, v, n; sonant or intonated utterance; tone; - distinguished from mere breath sound as heard in f, s, sh, etc., and also from whisper. - with one voice. Unanimously. - v.t.; VOICED; VOICING. 1. To give voice or expression to; utter; also, announce; divulge. 2. Music. To regulate the tone of; as to voice the pipes of an organ. 3. Phonet. To utter with voice. - Syn. See EXPRESS."
We can see a variety of meanings above and we're not talking about voices of American Idol! But we are talking here of the Only Idol, the Only Voice that matters and that is God and nowhere is this more manifest than in today's Gospel where we hear for the second time in the Gospels of Jesus Christ the Voice of the heavenly Father. We heard it first at Christ's Baptism. The word Vox is mentioned just once in today's Gospel, but it is sufficient for we can see the Authority of the Voice in Matthew 17: 1-9:
In illo tempore: Assumpsit Jesus Petrum, et Jacobum, et Joannem fratrem ejus, et duxit illos in montem excelsum seorsum : et tranfiguratus est ante eos. Et resplenduit facies ejus sicut sol : vestimenta autem ejus facta sunt alba sicut nix. Et ecce apparuerunt illis Moyses et Elias cum eo loquentes. Respondens autem Petrus, dixit ad Jesum : "Domine, bonum est nos hic esse: si vis, faciamus hic tria tabernacula, tibi unum, Moysi unum, et Eliae unum." Adhuc eo loquente, ecce nubes lucida obumbravit eos. Et ecce Vox de nube, dicens : "Hic est Filius neus dilectus, in Quo Mihi bene complacui : ipsum audite." Et audientes Discipuli, ceciderunt in faciam suaj, et timuerunt valde. Et accessit Jesus, et tetigit eos, dixitque eis : "Surgite, et Nolite timere." Levantes autem oculos suos, neminem viderunt, nisi solum Jesum. Et descendentibus illis de monte, praecepit eis Jesus, dicens : "Nemini dixeritis visionem, donec Filius hominis a mortuis resurgat."
At that time Jesus taketh Peter and James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into a high mountain apart : and He was transfigured before them. And his face did shine as the sun : and His garments became white as snow. And behold there appeared to them Moses and Elias talking with Him. And Peter answering, said to Jesus: "Lord, it is good for us to be here: If Thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles, one for Thee, and one for Moss, and one for Elias." And as he was yet speaking, behold a bright cloud overshadowed them. And lo, a Voice out of the cloud, saying : "This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased: hear ye Him." And the disciples hearing, fell upon their face and were very much afraid. And Jesus came and touched them, and said to them : "Arise, and fear not." And they lifting up their eyes saw no one, but only Jesus. And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying: "Tell the vision to no man till the Son of Man be risen from the dead."
The three apostles, whom our Lord has chosen to include in this marvelous mystery of the Transfiguration, are given a vision through the physical senses of hearing and seeing for themselves the divinity of Christ. There can be no doubt and that is our Lord's purpose in taking them to Mt. Thabor with Him. He wants to sustain them when the time comes that they may not recognize Him and all He foretold. Jesus knows their fallible human nature and thus gives them a boost to remember, even if it is subconsciously, that this is no trick and that He is indeed the Son of God. No greater proof is provided than today's Gospel of that.
The holy and astute Benedictine Abbot Dom Gueranger reflects upon this in the fifth volume of The Liturgical Year for the Second Sunday of Lent:
"His mission was not on Thabor; it was humiliation and suffering in Jerusalem. He therefore withdrew into Himself the brightness He had allowed to transpire; and when He came to the three apostles, who on hearing the Voice from the cloud, had fallen on their faces with fear, they could see no one save only Jesus. The bright cloud was gone; Moses and Elias had disappeared. What a favor they have had bestowed upon them! Will they remember what they have seen and heard? They have had such a revelation of the Divinity of their dear Master! Is it possible that, when the hour of trial comes, they will forget it, and doubt His being God? And when they see Him suffer and die, will they be ashamed of Him and deny Him? Alas! the Gospel has told us what happened to them."
The very same apostles privileged to behold the glory of the Transfiguration, are the same three whom Jesus takes with Him to another mount - the Mount of Olivet and it is there where their fallen human nature becomes only too evident for they cannot watch even one hour; they fall asleep. Our Lord knows only too well their shortcomings, including Peter whom He has appointed the Head of the institution to perpetuate the New Covenant Christ established which in the very vision of the Transfiguration illustrates so clearly the end of the Old Covenant with Moses and Elias, icons of the Old Testament and representatives of the Jewish religion which, because of the Jews' rejection of Him as the promised Messiah, will be destined to wander and not have the protection or grace of God until they do accept Him. Those are the facts clearly defined in Catholic truth beginning with today's Gospel.
Another Voice that has authority from the Triune Divinity is the Primacy of Peter and today this Primacy has been usurped by those intent on destroying the faith. Saint Paul puts it better than I or anyone else could in Galatians 1: 8-20:
"But though we, or an Angel from Heaven, preach a Gospel to you beside that which we have preached to you, let him be anathema. As we said before, so I say now again: If any one preach to you a Gospel, besides that which you have received, let him be anathema. For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? If I did yet please men, I should not be the servant of Christ."
The holy Saint Vincent Ferrer, who converted countless Jews, said of these false shepherds who masquerade as Catholics today:
"I blush and tremble when I consider the terrible judgment impending on ecclesiastical superiors who live at their ease in rich palaces, while so many souls redeemed by the Blood of Christ are perishing. I pray without ceasing the Lord of the harvest that He send good workmen into His harvest."
Every day we can see so much clearer that these men posing as ecclesiastical superiors today, no matter their rank, cannot possibly be Catholic. With that fact established, one would have to ask then how can they be the voice of authority? They are not. As we journey through Lent, let us keep our eyes and ears tuned to the True Voice of Authority - God and the truths preserved and passed down to us from Peter through Pius XII. Paul says in today's Epistle that "God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto sanctification." Anyone, no matter who, who veers one iota from Catholic Truth, must not be heard or given voice to such dissent. Learn your Faith, know it, so that you will not be deceived. We all must open our ears to the Voice spoken so clearly through the infrangible teachings of Holy Mother Church given to us from God. Like the three Apostles, we need to listen!