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Monday, December 14th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Matthew 21:23-27.


Monday of the Third week of Advent

14 December 2015

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ

“By what authority are you doing these things?

And who gave you this authority?”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 21:23-27.


When Jesus had come into the temple area, the chief priests and the elders of the people approached him as he was teaching and said, “By what authority are you doing these things? And who gave you this authority?”

Jesus said to them in reply, “I shall ask you one question, and if you answer it for me, then I shall tell you by what authority I do these things.
Where was John’s baptism from? Was it of heavenly or of human origin?” They discussed this among themselves and said, “If we say ‘Of heavenly origin,’ he will say to us, ‘Then why did you not believe him?’
But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ we fear the crowd, for they all regard John as a prophet.”
So they said to Jesus in reply, “We do not know.” He himself said to them, “Neither shall I tell you by what authority I do these things.”

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DAILY MASS – Monday 14 December 2015

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Monday of the Third week of Advent

14 December 2015

Commentary of the day

Saint Augustine (354-430),

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Saint Augustine (354-430), Bishop of Hippo (North Africa) and Doctor of the Church
Sermon for the nativity of Saint John the Baptist, 293,3

Recognizing the voice; recognizing the Word

It is not easy to distinguish the Word from the voice, and that is why they thought John was the Messiah. They took the voice for the Word; but the voice introduced itself in order to not interfere with the Word. “I am not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet.” So they asked him, “What are you then?” He answered: “I am the voice of one crying out in the desert” (Jn 1,23): it is the voice that breaks the silence.

“Make straight the way of the Lord”, meaning: I ring so that the Lord may enter your heart; but he will not come in if you don’t prepare him the way. What does “Make straight the way” mean, if not: “Pray, as you should”? And what does “Make straight the way” mean, if not: “Have humble thoughts”?

John gives you an example of humility. They take him for the Messiah and he affirms he is not what they think he is; he does not take advantage of their mistake to glory himself.

If he would have said: I am the Messiah, they would have easily believed him, because they thought so, even before he spoke. He denied: he introduced himself, he defined himself, and he humbled himself. He saw where salvation was. He understood that he was only the lamp (Jn 5,35), and he feared it might be blown out by the wind of pride.

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Monday of the Third week of Advent

14 December 2015

Saint of the day

St. John of the Cross,

Doctor of the Church (1542-1591)

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SAINT JOHN OF THE CROSS
Doctor of the Church
(1542-1591)

        The father of St. John was discarded by his kindred for marrying a poor orphan, and the Saint, thus born and nurtured in poverty, chose it also for his portion. Unable to learn a trade, he became the servant of the poor in the hospital of Medina, while still pursuing his sacred studies.

        In 1563, being then twenty-one, he humbly offered himself as a lay-brother to the Carmelite friars, who, however, knowing his talents, had him ordained priest. He would now have exchanged to the severe Carthusian Order, had not St. Teresa, with the instinct of a Saint, persuaded him to remain and help her in the reform of his own Order. Thus he became the first prior of the Barefooted Carmelites.

  His reform, though approved by the general, was rejected by the elder friars, who condemned the Saint as a fugitive and apostate, and cast him into prison, whence he only escaped, after nine months’ suffering, at the risk of his life.

        Twice again, before his death, he was shamefully persecuted by his brethren, and publicly disgraced. But his complete abandonment by creatures only deepened his interior peace and devout longing for heaven.

Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. ed. [1894]
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