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Saturday, December 10th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Matthew 17:10-13.


Saturday of the Second week of Advent

10 December 2016

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ

Then the disciples understood that

he was speaking to them of John the Baptist.

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 17:10-13.

As they were coming down from the mountain, the disciples asked Jesus, “Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?”
He said in reply, “Elijah will indeed come and restore all things;
but I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him but did to him whatever they pleased. So also will the Son of Man suffer at their hands.”
Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist.

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Saturday of the Second week of Advent

10 December 2016

Commentary of the day

Saint Romanos Melodios (?-c 560),

Composer of hymns
Hymn on the prophet Elijah

“How awesome are you, Elijah!… You were taken aloft in a whirlwind…You are destined… in time to come to put an end to wrath before the day of the Lord.” (Sir 48:4.9f.)

Confronted with human perversity, Elijah considered making the punishment even harsher. Upon seeing this, the Merciful One told the prophet: “I know your zeal for good (1 Kings 19:14), I know your good will, but I have compassion on sinners when they are punished beyond measure. You are angry because you are without reproach; can you not resign yourself? As for me,  I cannot resign myself to even one single person being lost (Mt 18:14), for I am the only friend of humankind.” (Wis 1:6)

In what followed, the Master, seeing how short-tempered the prophet was with respect to human beings, was concerned about them. He removed Elijah from the earth where they live saying: “Distance yourself from where human beings dwell. I in my mercy will go down to them by becoming man. So leave the earth and come on up, since you cannot tolerate people’s faults. But I, who am from heaven, I will dwell among sinners and save them from their faults, I, the only friend of humankind.

“If you cannot live with guilty human beings, come here, live in the domain of my friends where there is no more sin. I will go down, for I can put the lost sheep on my shoulders and bring it back (Lk 15:5), and I can cry to those who labor: Come quickly, all you sinners, come to me and rest (Mt 11:28). For I have not come to punish those whom I created, but to tear the sinners away from ungodliness, I, the only friend of humankind.”

Thus, when Elijah was lifted up to the heavens (2 Kings 2:11), he was perceived as the person for the future. This Tishbite (1 Kings 17:1) was lifted up in a chariot of fire; Christ was lifted up among the clouds and the powers (Acts 1:9). The former dropped his cloak to Elisha from the heights of heaven (2 Kings 2:13); Christ sent to his apostles the Holy Spirit, the Advocate (Jn 15:26), whom we, the baptized, all received and by whom we are sanctified, as the only friend of humankind teaches.

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Saturday of the Second week of Advent

10 December 2016

Saint of the day

St. Eulalia,

Virgin and Martyr († 304)

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SAINT EULALIA
Virgin and Martyr
(† 304)

        St. Eulalia was a native of Merida, in Spain. She was but twelve years old when the bloody edicts of Diocletian were issued. Eulalia presented herself before the cruel judge Dacianus, and reproached him for attempting to destroy souls by compelling them to renounce the only true God.

        The governor commanded her to be seized, and at first tried to win her over by flattery, but failing in this, he had recourse to threats, and caused the most dreadful instruments of torture to be placed before her eyes, saying to her: “All this you shall escape if you will but touch a little salt and frankincense with the tip of your finger.” Provoked at these seducing flatteries, our Saint threw down the idol, and trampled upon the cake which was laid for the sacrifice. At the judge’s order, two executioners tore her tender sides with iron hooks, so as to leave the very bones bare. Next lighted torches were applied to her breasts and sides; under which torment, instead of groans, nothing was heard from her mouth but thanksgivings. The fire at length catching her hair, surrounded her head and face, and the Saint was stifled by the smoke and flame.

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

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