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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thursday of the Thirty-fourth week in Ordinary Time

Origen (c.185-253), priest and theologian Homilies on Joshua, 11,3-4 “Walk while you still have the light or darkness will come over you.” (Jn 12:35)

Thursday of the Thirty-fourth week in Ordinary Time

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Origen (c.185-253), priest and theologian 
Homilies on Joshua, 11,3-4

“Walk while you still have the light or darkness will come over you.” (Jn 12:35)

       As soon as the Lord came, it was already the end of the world. Moreover he himself said these words, situating himself in the end-time: “Reform your lives! The kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Mt 4:17) But he kept back and delayed the day of consummation; he forbade it to appear. For God the Father, seeing that the nations' salvation can only come from Jesus, told him: “Ask of me and I will give you the nations for an inheritance and the ends of the earth for your possession.” (Ps 2:8) Thus, until the fulfillment of this promise of the Father's and until the churches increase with people from various nations and “the full number of gentiles enter in” so that, finally, “all Israel will be saved” (Rom 11:25): the day is lengthened, the day's close is deferred. The “sun of justice” (Mal 3:20) never sets, but continues to pour forth the light of truth into the hearts of those who believe.  But when the number of believers has come to completion and when the degenerate and corrupt time of this last generation has taken place; when, “because of the increase of evil, the love of most will grow cold,” (Mt 24:12) ...then “the days will be shortened.” (Mt 24:22) Yes, the same Lord is able to prolong the length of days when it is a time of salvation and to shorten the length of the time of tribulation and iniquity. As for ourselves, so long as we have the day and the time of light is lengthened for us, “let us live honorably as in daylight,” (Rom 13:13) and do the works of light.

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