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September 30th: Memorial of Saint Jerome, Priest 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 the disciples: “The Kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind. When it is full they haul it ashore and sit down to put what is good into buckets. What is bad they throw away. Thus it will be at the end of the age. The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”“Do you understand all these things?” They answered, “Yes.” And he replied, “Then every scribe who has been instructed in the Kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom both the new and the 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».