Friday, October 09, 2020

Grosseteste: the pastoral charge

Friday, October 9, 2020
    Commemoration of Denys, Bishop of Paris, & his Companions, Martyrs, 258
    Commemoration of Robert Grosseteste, Bishop of Lincoln, Philosopher, Scientist, 1253
    [Jesus:] “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
    “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
    “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for m e.’“
    —Matthew 25:34-40 (NIV)
    The pastoral charge [does not] consist merely in administering the sacraments, chanting the canonical hours, celebrating masses—though even these are not properly done by hirelings—; it consists also in feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, covering the naked, receiving guests, visiting the sick and those in prison. By the doing of these things is the people to be instructed in the holy duties of an active life.
    ... Robert Grosseteste (c.1170-1253), Bp., in a letter [1250], in Church and State in the Middle Ages, Arthur Lionel Smith, Oxford: Clarendon, 1913, p. 123 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 25:31-46; 2 Cor. 6:1; 1 Pet. 5:1-4
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, lead us into pastoral life.
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