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Liturgical day: September 30th: St. Jerome, presbyter and doctor of the Church

Gospel text (Mt 13,47-52): Jesus said to his disciples, «Every teacher of the Law who becomes a disciple of the Kingdom is like a householder who can produce from his store things both new and old». Jesus said to his disciples, «Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a big fishing net let down into the sea, in which every kind of fish has been caught. When the net is full, it is dragged ashore. Then they sit down and gather the good fish in buckets, but throw the worthless ones away. That is how it will be at the end of time; the angels will go out to separate the wicked from the just and throw them into the blazing furnace, where they will weep and gnash their teeth». Jesus asked, «Have you understood all these things?». «Yes», they answered. So He said to them, «You will see that every teacher of the Law who becomes a disciple of the Kingdom is like a householder who can produce from his store things both new and old».

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today we turn our attention to St Jerome, a Church Father who centered his life on the Bible: he translated it into Latin, commented on it in his works, and above all, strove to live it in practice. He left for the East and lived as a hermit in the Desert of Chalcis, devoting himself assiduously to study. Meditation, solitude and contact with the Word of God helped his Christian sensibility to mature.

In 386 he stopped in Bethlehem. He stayed there until he died, continuing to do a prodigious amount of work: he commented on the Word of God; he defended the faith… Jerome's literary studies and vast erudition enabled him to revise and translate many biblical texts.

—St Jerome said: «Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ».