Tuesday of the Fourth Week in Lent Station at St Laurence's in Damaso The Station is at the church built in the fourth century by Pope St. Damasus in honour of the celebrated deacon, the martyr St. Laurence. This sanctuary in the fifth century was one of the twenty-five parish churches of Rome. The palace adjoining contained the archives of the Church, in St. Damasus' time; it is now the Pontifical Cancellaria. The Epistle carries us to Sinai. God had seen with indignation His people prostrated at the foot of the golden calf : He announced to Moses His intention of destroying this ungrateful race. Moses prayed and his prayer appeased the Divine anger. He descended from the mountain, chastised the idolaters and brought the Israelites to repentance. Let us do penance and God will hear our prayers, since we are henceforth part of the people of God. The Gospel introduces us into the Temple where Jesus is accused by His perfidious enemies. He confounds them by appealing to the authority of Moses, but fails to change their hearts. Rejected by Jerusalem, He will found a new people, the Church, which spreads over the whole world and will soon have the joy of seeing increased numbers of her children in the Paschal festivities. Let us rejoice that we are members of this Church. The prayer of Moses upon the idolatry of his people (Epistle) has been Interpreted as an allusion to the schism that occurred in Rome on the election of Pope Damasus. This act of rebellion was like that which was evoked by the opposition that our Lord encountered on the feast of Tabernacles (Gospel). Hear, O God, my prayer, and despise not my supplication: be attentive to me, and hear me. * I am grieved in my exercise; and am troubled at the voice of the enemy, and at the tribulation of the sinner. (Psalm 54:2-4 from the Introit of Mass) We beseech Thee, O Lord, that the fasts of this holy observance may procure for us an increase of piety and the continual help of Thy mercy. (Collect) Gospel : (John 7 : 14-31) 14Now about the midst of the feast, Jesus went up into the temple, and taught. 15And the Jews wondered, saying: How doth this man know letters, having never learned? 16Jesus answered them, and said: My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. 17If any man do the will of him; he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. 18He that speaketh of himself, seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh the glory of him that sent him, he is true, and there is no injustice in him. 19Did Moses not give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law? 20Why seek you to kill me? The multitude answered, and said: Thou hast a devil; who seeketh to kill thee? 21Jesus answered, and said to them: One work I have done; and you all wonder: 22Therefore, Moses gave you circumcision (not because it is of Moses, but of the fathers and on the sabbath day you circumcise a man. 23If a man receive circumcision on the sabbath day, that the law of Moses may not be broken; are you angry at me because I have healed the whole man on the sabbath day? 24Judge not according to the appearance, but judge just judgment. 25Some therefore of Jerusalem said: Is not this he whom they seek to kill? 26And behold, he speaketh openly, and they say nothing to him. Have the rulers known for a truth, that this is the Christ? 27But we know this man, whence he is: but when the Christ cometh, no man knoweth whence he is. 28Jesus therefore cried out in the temple, teaching, and saying: You both know me, and you know whence I am: and I am not come of myself; but he that sent me, is true, whom you know not. 29I know him, because I am from him, and he hath sent me. 30They sought therefore to apprehend him: and no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come. 31But of the people many believed in him. ..