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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Saturday of the Third week in Ordinary Time

Saint Anthony of Padua (c.1195-1231), Franciscan, Doctor of the Church Sermons for Sundays and feasts of the saints

Saturday of the Third week in Ordinary Time

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Saint Anthony of Padua (c.1195-1231), Franciscan, Doctor of the Church 
Sermons for Sundays and feasts of the saints

                     “And there was a great calm”

"Jesus got into a boat." No sooner has a person got into the boat of repentance than the sea is stirred up. The sea is our heart. “More tortuous than all else is the human heart, beyond remedy: who can understand it?” (Jer 17:9) ; “Powerful are the breakers of this sea” (cf. Ps 92[93]:4). Pride puffs it up, ambition carries it beyond its bounds, depression covers it with its cloud, vain thoughts cast disquiet over it, sensuality and greed make it foam. However, it is only those who get into the boat of repentance who feel this swell of the sea, violence of the wind, tossing of the waves. People who remain on land notice nothing… It is the devil who, as soon as he feels himself despised by the penitent, breaks into outcries and rouses the tempest. He does not go away except “shouting and in convulsions” (Mk 9:26). 

"Then Jesus rebuked the winds and the sea." God said to Job: “Who shut within doors the sea?... I said to it: Thus far you shall come but no farther, and here your proud waves shall be stilled” (38:8-11). The Lord alone can set limits to the bitterness of persecution and temptation… When he causes temptation to cease, he says: “Here your proud waves shall be stilled.” Temptation gives way before the mercy of Jesus Christ. When the devil tempts us, we are to say with all the devotion of our souls: “I command you in the name of Jesus of Nazareth, who commanded the winds and the sea, to come out of me” (cf. Acts 16:18). 

"And there was a great calm." This is what we read in the book of Tobit: “I know, O Lord, that he who honors you will be crowned after being tempted in this life; if he experiences temptation he will be delivered and if he has to suffer he will meet with your mercy, for you find no joy in our loss. After the tempest you will restore our calm; after tears and weeping you will flood us with joy” (3:21-22 Vg.).


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