Posted by: fvbcdm | July 14, 2014

Feast of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha (14 July 2014)

The book of Genesis which recounts the history of the ancient Patriarchs of the Jewish people: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and the sons of Jacob who gave their names to the twelve tribes of Israel. For this reason, the number twelve became very important in Jewish theology, so much so that when Our Lord founded his Church, he did so by choosing twelve men whom he made the first bishops of the Church.

Later on, when the Apostle Judas defected, betrayed Our Lord into the hands of his enemies, and then committed suicide, the other Apostles felt it necessary to choose someone to take Judas= place to maintain the number twelve.  They chose Saint Matthias during that period of time between Jesus’s ascension and that first Pentecost, so that the Spirit could come upon all twelve of the Church=s first bishops.

In the last book of the Bible, the book of Revelation, Saint John describes his vision of the heavenly Jerusalem where God dwells with his angels and saints. In his vision, he sees a square city surrounded by a beautiful wall. On each of its four sides, there are three gates, over which are written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. Then, the city rests upon twelve courses of foundation stones, and on those courses of stone there are written the names of the twelve Apostles. And of course, in the first Eucharistic Prayer of the Mass, we speak of the Catholic faith “which comes to us from the Apostles.”

We must remember that Joseph, the favorite son of the patriarch Jacob or Israel, prefigured Our Lord not only in being betrayed by his brothers and sold into captivity, but also because he was taken to Egypt as a slave and later found himself to be in charge of all the supplies of grain in the kingdom —a very responsible position. When famine gripped that whole part of the world, his brothers came to him in Egypt seeking bread and having no idea who that important man in the government of Egypt was. Thus Joseph gives bread to his brothers and saves them from starvation. Jesus gives to us the Bread of Heaven to save us from spiritual starvation. It is well to reflect upon this with special gratitude and devotion. Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.

Note:  This Message was composed some years ago.

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