Thought of the day
Sunday, January 22, 2017

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Lanspergius the Carthusian (1489-1539), monk, theologian Sermon 5; Opera omnia, 3, 315-317

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Commentary of the day 

Lanspergius the Carthusian (1489-1539), monk, theologian 
Sermon 5; Opera omnia, 3, 315-317

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light” (Is 9,1)

My brothers, none of you is ignorant of the fact that we were all born in darkness and that, in the past, we lived in darkness. But, now that the Son of justice has risen for us (Mal 3,20), let us try not to remain in darkness any more... 

Christ has come “to shine on those who sit in darkness and death's shadow, to guide our feet into the path of peace” (Lk 1,79). What darkness are we talking about? Anything in our intelligence, will or memory that is not God or does not have God as its source, in other words everything in us that is not for God's glory and that separates us from God is darkness...Therefore Christ, having light in himself, has brought it to us so that we could see our sins and hate our darkness. In truth, the poverty he chose when he found no room in the inn is, for us, the light by which from now on we may know the happiness of the poor in spirit to whom the kingdom of heaven is given (Mt 5,3). 

The love that Christ revealed by giving himself to us to teach us and by undergoing for our sake all kinds of trials, exile, persecutions, injuries and death on a cross, the love that in the end made him pray for his torturers, is for us the light by which we, too, may learn to love our enemies.