12-13-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

December 13, 2014
(St. Lucy, Virgin and Martyr)
. . 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. . . . Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist.  Mt 17:9a, 10-13

Sirach wrote of the prophet Elijah: “You were destined, it is written, in time to come to put an end to wrath before the day of the LORD, to turn back the hearts of fathers toward their sons, and to re-establish the tribes of Jacob. Blessed is he who shall have seen you and who falls asleep in your friendship.”  Sir 48:1-4, 9-11

John was the restorer.  He prepared the way of the Lord through his “Baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.”  By recognizing their sinfulness and pleading for God’s forgiveness and mercy, the people in the time of John the Baptist broke their wrath and turned to one another in Love.

 And it’s the same for us, beloved.  In order to turn to the love of Jesus and to truly love one another, we need first to break the wrath that drags us down.  Our disagreements with our neighbor and our hatred against our persecutors must first be quenched.  We CAN live in diversity.  We don’t HAVE to agree with everything others think.  But we DO have to put those disagreements aside and love anyway.  That’s the one gift Jesus left with us – our ability to Love anyway!  Because that’s what He does with us!!!

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