4th of December (English)

Publié le 3 Décembre 2018

Gospel text

(Lc 10,21-24): 

Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit and said, «I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and made them known to the little ones. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. I have been given all things by my Father, so that no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and he to whom the Son chooses to reveal him».

Then Jesus turned to his disciples and said to them privately, «Fortunate are you to see what you see, for I tell you that many prophets and kings would have liked to see what you see but did not, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it».

 

The Application

 

The divine knowledge is neither rational nor the fruit of intellectual exercise. It is simply a gift given by God by His own self-revelation, helped by the HOLY SPIRIT.   Even in today’s prayer, we find the role of the Holy Spirit. Filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit, Jesus praises His Father on His choice. Do we realise the importance that God has accorded to us by this simple revelation?

Jesus glorifies the Father for what God has entrusted to Him. It’s important that we share the same feeling of Jesus and look at God with a heart filled with gratitude.

Just like what He did with his disciples, that we see in the Gospel, Jesus looks at us  today and says, how lucky we are that God has given the grace to prepare ourselves to welcome Him in His glory.  Let’s not miss this wonderful opportunity of conversion and profit the joy of divine encounter. Have a wonderful day.

 

Daily Quote from the early church fathers

The Seven Gifts of the Spirit,

by Ambrose of Milan, 339-397 A.D.

    "So, then, the Holy Spirit is the river, and the abundant river, which according to the Hebrews flowed from Jesus in the lands, as we have received it prophesied by the mouth of Isaiah (Isaiah 66:12). This is the great river that flows always and never fails. And not only a river, but also one of copious stream and overflowing greatness, as also David said: 'The stream of the river makes glad the city of God' (Psalm 46:4). For neither is that city, the heavenly Jerusalem, watered by the channel of any earthly river, but that Holy Spirit, proceeding from the fount of life, by a short draught of whom we are satiated, seems to flow more abundantly among those celestial thrones, dominions and powers, angels and archangels, rushing in the full course of the seven virtues of the Spirit. For if a river rising above its banks overflows, how much more does the Spirit, rising above every creature, when he touches the low-lying fields of our minds, as it were, make glad that heavenly nature of the creatures with the larger fertility of his sanctification. 
    "And let it not trouble you that either here it is said 'rivers' (John 7:38) or elsewhere 'seven Spirits,' (Revelation 5:6) for by the sanctification of these seven gifts of the Spirit, as Isaiah said, is signified the fullness of all virtue; the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and strength, the Spirit of knowledge and godliness, and the Spirit of the fear of God. One, then is the river, but many the channels of the gifts of the Spirit. This river, then, goes forth from the fount of life." 
(excerpt from ON THE HOLY SPIRIT 1.16)

 

«I praise you, Father»

Fr. Jean GOTTIGNY 
(Bruxelles, Belgium)

Today, we are reading an excerpt of Chapter 10, of the Gospel after St. Luke. The Lord had sent seventy-two disciples to the towns He intended to visit. And they came back exultant. While listening to the accounts of their doings and exploits, «Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit and said, ‘I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth’» (Lk 10:21). 

One of the aspects of humility is gratitude. The arrogant one feels he owes nothing to anybody. To feel grateful, we need first to discover our insignificance. “Thanks” is one of the first words we teach our children. «I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and made them known to the little ones» (Lk 10:21). 

Benedict XVI, when speaking of the attitude of adoration, he affirms «that adoring God means recognizing his presence as Creator and Lord of the Universe. The hallmark of worship is, recognizing the greatness of God that arises from the depths of one's heart and marks one's whole being, (…) ensuring that God is the most important part of one's life with the realization that with God at the centre of our lives the purpose of their existence will become clear». 

A sensible soul feels the need to express its gratitude. It is the only way for us to reciprocate for the divine favors received. «What do you possess that you have not received?» (1Co 4:7). We must certainly «give thanks to God the Father, through his Son, in the Holy Spirit, because in his great love for us He took pity on us, and when we were dead in our sins he brought us to life with Christ, so that in him we might be a new creation» (St. Leo the Great).

 

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