Thought of the day
Friday, December 16, 2016

Friday of the Third week of Advent

Saint Augustine (354-430), Bishop of Hippo (North Africa) and Doctor of the Church Sermon 293, 4

Friday of the Third week of Advent

Commentary of the day 

Saint Augustine (354-430), Bishop of Hippo (North Africa) and Doctor of the Church Sermon 293, 4

                          “John was the lamp”


By God’s will, the man sent to testify to Christ is himself so great in grace that he could be mistaken for Christ. For Christ himself said: “History has not known a man born of woman greater than John the Baptizer.” (Mt 11:11) If no one among human beings is greater than this man, the one who overtakes him is more than a human being. How great is the testimony Christ gives himself! But for sick and disabled eyes, it is difficult for the day to testify to itself; sick eyes fear it, they can only bear the light of a lamp. That is why before appearing, the Day let itself be preceded by a lamp. This light sent into faithful hearts will confound the unfaithful hearts.

David, the prophet-king, said in a Psalm (132:17): “I will place a lamp for my anointed.” God is speaking through David: I have placed John to be the Savior’s herald, the precursor of the Judge who is to come, the friend of the awaited bridegroom. “I will place a lamp for my anointed.”