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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Saturday of the First week of Lent

Saint Ambrose (c.340-397), Bishop of Milan and Doctor of the hurch Sermon 8 on Psalm 118[119] “He makes his sun rise on the bad and the good”

Saturday of the First week of Lent

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Saint Ambrose (c.340-397), Bishop of Milan and Doctor of the hurch Sermon 8 on Psalm 118[119]

“He makes his sun rise on the bad and the good”

“Of your kindness, Lord, the earth is full; teach me your statues” (Ps 118[119]:64). In what way is the earth filled with this kindness of the Lord if not through the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ of which the psalmist, seeing it from afar, is celebrating the promise?... It is “full” because remission of sins has been given to all. The sun’s orders are to rise over all and it happens every day. It is for all that the Sun of Justice (Mal 3:20) in a mystical sense has arisen. He has come for all, suffered for all and it is for all he was raised. And if he suffered this was to “take away the sin of the world” (Jn 1:29)… 

But if someone has no faith in Christ he deprives himself of this universal blessing. If someone prevents the sun’s rays from entering by closing his shutters it cannot be said that the sun has risen for all since that person has hidden from its heat. Where the sun is concerned it makes no difference; for the person lacking wisdom, he is depriving himself of the grace of a light presented to all. 

God makes of himself a teacher: he lights up each one’s soul, shedding on it the brightness of knowing him, but always on condition that you open the door of your heart and receive the brightness of heavenly grace. When you doubt make haste to search, for “the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks the door will be opened” (Mt 7:8).

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