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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Wednesday of the Fourteenth week in Ordinary Time

"As you go, make this proclamation: 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand"

When the Spirit of prophecy speaks as predicting things that in the future, he speaks in this way: "Out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people; and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more" (Is 2,3-4).

And that it did happen in this way, we can convince you. For from Jerusalem there went out into the world twelve men who were illiterate, of no ability in speaking: but by the power of God they proclaimed to every race that they had been sent by Christ to teach to all the word of God; and we, who formerly used to murder one another not only refrain now from making war upon our enemies, but also, that we may not lie nor deceive our examiners, willingly die confessing Christ…

And hear how it was foretold concerning those who published his doctrine and proclaimed his appearance. It was David, the prophet and king, who spoke thus by the Spirit of prophecy: "Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night shows knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. Their voice has gone out into all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.” (Ps 18[19],2)… And again, in another prophecy, the Spirit of prophecy, through the same David spoke as follows: "Sing to the Lord, all the earth, and day by day declare his salvation." … “Let them rejoice among the nations. The Lord has reigned from the tree” (Ps 95 LXX)…

David spoke the above prophecy fifteen hundred years before Christ became a man and was crucified; and no one either before him or after was crucified for the salvation of the nations. To the contrary, our Jesus Christ, being crucified and dead, rose again and ascended to heaven where he reigned; and this good news, broadcast among all nations by the apostles, is the joy of all those who expect the immortality he promised.

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