Keep your eyes
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Third Week of Advent, 2017
(Joh 1:19-23) And
this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent from Jerusalem
priests and Levites to him, to ask him: Who art thou? And he confessed
and did not deny: and he confessed: I am not the Christ. And they asked
him: What then? Art thou Elias? And he said: I am not. Art thou the
prophet? And he answered: No. They said therefore unto him: Who art
thou, that we may give an answer to them that sent us? What sayest thou
of thyself? He said: I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness,
make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Isaias.
CATHOLIC CATECHISM (525):
“Jesus was born in a humble stable, into a poor family. Simple
shepherds were the first witnesses to this event. In this poverty
heaven’s glory was made manifest. The church never tires of singing the
glory of this night.”
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letter by St Charles Borromeo The season of Advent
Beloved, now is the
acceptable time spoken of by the Spirit, the day of salvation, peace
and reconciliation: the great season of Advent. This is the time
eagerly awaited by the patriarchs and prophets, the time that holy
Simeon rejoiced at last to see. This is the season that the Church has
always celebrated with special solemnity. We too should always observe
it with faith and love, offering praise and thanksgiving to the Father
for the mercy and love he has shown us in this mystery. In his infinite
love for us, though we were sinners, he sent his only Son to free us
from the tyranny of Satan, to summon us to heaven, to welcome us into
its innermost recesses, to show us truth itself, to train us in right
conduct, to plant within us the seeds of virtue, to enrich us with the
treasures of his grace, and to make us children of God and heirs of
Each year, as the Church recalls this mystery, she urges us to renew
the memory of the great love God has shown us. This holy season teaches
us that Christ’s coming was not only for the benefit of his
contemporaries; his power has still to be communicated to us all. We
shall share his power, if, through holy faith and the sacraments, we
willingly accept the grace Christ earned for us, and live by that grace
and in obedience to Christ.
The Church asks us to understand that Christ, who came once in the
flesh, is prepared to come again. When we remove all obstacles to his
presence he will come, at any hour and moment, to dwell spiritually in
our hearts, bringing with him the riches of his grace.
In her concern for our salvation, our loving mother the Church uses
this holy season to teach us through hymns, canticles and other forms
of expression, of voice or ritual, used by the Holy Spirit. She shows
us how grateful we should be for so great a blessing, and how to gain
its benefit: our hearts should be as much prepared for the coming of
Christ as if he were still to come into this world. The same lesson is
given us for our imitation by the words and example of the holy men of
the Old Testament.
UNIVERSALIS: A letter of Pope St Leo the Great The mystery of our reconciliation with God
To speak of our Lord, the son of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as true and
perfect man is of no value to us if we do not believe that he is
descended from the line of ancestors set out in the Gospel.
Matthew’s gospel begins by setting out the genealogy of Jesus Christ,
son of David, son of Abraham, and then traces his human descent by
bringing his ancestral line down to his mother’s husband, Joseph. On
the other hand, Luke traces his parentage backward step by step to the
actual father of mankind, to show that both the first and the last Adam
share the same nature.
No doubt the Son of God in his omnipotence could have taught and
sanctified men by appearing to them in a semblance of human form as he
did to the patriarchs and prophets, when for instance he engaged in a
wrestling contest or entered into conversation with them, or when he
accepted their hospitality and even ate the food they set before him.
But these appearances were only types, signs that mysteriously foretold
the coming of one who would take a true human nature from the stock of
the patriarchs who had gone before him. No mere figure, then, fulfilled
the mystery of our reconciliation with God, ordained from all eternity.
The Holy Spirit had not yet come upon the Virgin nor had the power of
the Most High overshadowed her, so that within her spotless womb Wisdom
might build itself a house and the Word become flesh. The divine nature
and the nature of a servant were to be united in one person so that the
Creator of time might be born in time, and he through whom all things
were made might be brought forth in their midst.
For unless the new man, by being made in the likeness of sinful flesh,
had taken on himself the nature of our first parents, unless he had
stooped to be one in substance with his mother while sharing the
Father’s substance and, being alone free from sin, united our nature to
his, the whole human race would still be held captive under the
dominion of Satan. The Conqueror’s victory would have profited us
nothing if the battle had been fought outside our human condition. But
through this wonderful blending the mystery of new birth shone upon us,
so that through the same Spirit by whom Christ was conceived and
brought forth we too might be born again in a spiritual birth; and in
consequence the evangelist declares the faithful to have been born not
of blood, nor of the desire of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but
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of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 20- "On bodily vigil"
8. The preparing of the table exposes gluttons,
but the work of prayer exposes lovers of God. The former skip on seeing
the table, but the latter scowl.
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