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Thursday, December 14, 2006
Gospel: December 14, 2006

December 14, 2006
Thursday in the Second Week of Advent
Memorial of St. John of the Cross

Jesus said to the crowds: "Amen, I say to you, among those born of women there has been none greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the Kingdom of heaven is greater than he. From the days of John the Baptist until now, the Kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent are taking it by force. All the prophets and the law prophesied up to the time of John. And if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah, the one who is to come. Whoever has ears ought to hear."

Matthew 11:11-15

St. John the Baptist was the one crying out in the wilderness "Prepare the way of the Lord!" St. John the Baptist came into the world for one reason only - to point us to the real Light of the World, Jesus Christ. He is truly Elijah, the one sent to proclaim the presence of the Messiah. And for that he was martyred.

May we follow St. John the Baptist's words and prepare our souls for His Second Coming. Go to Confession, do penance, and pray. Prepare your souls for Christ during this Advent season!


del_button March 14, 2007 at 6:31 PM
Anonymous said...

Why did Elijah slit the throats of the prophets of Baal when "3. You shall not kill"? Sorry, I am very ignorant.

del_button March 16, 2007 at 6:29 PM
Moneybags said...

Its actually "thou shall not murder". Most people mistakenly translate it poorly.

The prophets of Baal were idol worshippers trying to lead the people away from the worship of the One True God. THey were evil. Many times in the OT it says to destroy anything to do with idol worship.

Deut 29: 18: Beware lest there be among you a man or woman or family or tribe, whose heart turns away this day from the LORD our God to go and serve the gods of those nations; lest there be among you a root bearing poisonous and bitter fruit,

19: one who, when he hears the words of this sworn covenant, blesses himself in his heart, saying, `I shall be safe, though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart.' This would lead to the sweeping away of moist and dry alike.

20: The LORD would not pardon him, but rather the anger of the LORD and his jealousy would smoke against that man, and the curses written in this book would settle upon him, and the LORD would blot out his name from under heaven.

and psalm 106
34: They did not destroy the peoples, as the LORD commanded them,

35: but they mingled with the nations and learned to do as they did.

36: They served their idols, which became a snare to them.

37: They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons;

38: they poured out innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan; and the land was polluted with blood.

39: Thus they became unclean by their acts, and played the harlot in their doings.

40: Then the anger of the LORD was kindled against his people, and he abhorred his heritage;

41: he gave them into the hand of the nations, so that those who hated them ruled over them.

42: Their enemies oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their power.

43: Many times he delivered them, but they were rebellious in their purposes, and were brought low through their iniquity.

44: Nevertheless he regarded their distress, when he heard their cry.

45: He remembered for their sake his covenant, and relented according to the abundance of his steadfast love.

46: He caused them to be pitied by all those who held them captive.

47: Save us, O LORD our God, and gather us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to thy holy name and glory in thy praise.

48: Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting! And let all the people say, "Amen!" Praise the LORD!

del_button March 18, 2007 at 1:47 PM
Anonymous said...

So therefore Elijah did not commit murder since the killing of the prophets of baal is justified. Okay, thank you!

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