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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Thursday of the Twenty-fifth week in Ordinary Time

"Herod was seeking to see Jesus"

Sun and moon illuminate our bodies and, even so, Christ and the Church illuminate our spirits. At least, they illuminate them provided we are not spiritually blind. For just as sun and moon never cease from shedding their brightness on the blind, who are unable, however, to receive their light, so Christ casts his light on our spirits but this illumination only takes place if our blindness does not set an obstacle. Let those who are blind, then, first of all follow Christ, crying: “Take pity on us, Son of David!” (Mt 9:27). And when, thanks to him they have found their sight again, they will be able to be irradiated with the splendor of his light. 

Yet not all who see are equally illuminated by Christ; each one is so to the extent he is able to receive the light (cf. Lk 23:8)… We don’t all go to him in the same manner but “each according to his own abilities” (Mt 25:15).

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