The Introit is a call to prayer, yes, but a call to prayer followed by Catholic Action. It bespeaks “the voice of joy,” yes, but also counsels “clap your hands,” which in ancient times signified not only to praise a person by the tongue but to work for him with the hands.
Since if all the tree’s life goes into the wagging tongues of waving leaves, how can there be any fruit? Deeds, not mere words, are acceptable to God and are the best kind of example to neighbour. “The fruit” of sin is shame and death (Epistle), while the fruit of sanctity is life everlasting.
“By their fruits” shall you know false teachers of false Christians (Gospel). Not so much what one “says” about the Lord, but he who “does” His Will, brings forth good fruit. The Holy Eucharist is “health giving” (Postcommunion) fruit of Calvary, to counteract the poison laden “Dead Sea” fruit of the world.
Today is Feast of SS Nazarius and Celsus Mm., Victor I Pp. M., Innocent I Pp. SS Nazarius and Celsus were martyrs of the I Century whose bodies were recovered by St. Ambrose in 393. From 189 to 198 Pope St. Victory I served as the Vicar of Christ and regulated the Feast of Easter throughout the Church. One of the greatest early Popes, St. Innocent I, served between 401 and 417. St. Jerome said: “Keep the Faith of Innocent. Receive no other doctrine however wise and attractive it may seem.” Good advice for today. Although not commemorated in the Mass using the 1962 Missal, we could pray to the martyrs and Saints today to increase our Faith, give you strength to face a hostile pagan world.