Memorial of Saint Jerome, priest, doctor of the Church
Why is light given to the toilers, and life the bitter of spirit? They wait for death and it comes not; they search for it rather than for hidden treasures... (Job 3:20-21)
Lord, Saint Jerome is celebrated by the Church for his translation of Sacred Scripture into the most commonly used version of Latin, our Vulgate text. He is known to have shared, "Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ." In order to avoid ignorance, it is good for us to have a common practice of encountering Him in the Bible.
At the same time, Jerome is known to have been a curmudgeon in his dealing with other people. He referred to an intellectual opponent name Vigilantius as the "sleepy one", Dormitantius. Our knowledge can lead us to be impatient with the ignorance of others; help me today, Lord, to remember my own slumber in the past, the zeal of awakening and the truth of continued sleep. May the hunger and thirst of others for Your life awaken in me the constant renewal of Your treasures before me.
Saint Jerome, pray for us.