Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Christian Heritage - August 17 - Listen to the Lord

"This, God says, is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased; listen to him. For this Son, being Truth itself, can neither deceive nor be deceived. Therefore if you listen to him, you shall not be deceived, for he is the Truth; if you follow him, you shall not go astray, for he is the Way; if you embrace him, you shall not walk in darkness, for he is the Light. Listen to him, therefore, and follow him; embrace him and imitate him.

"He is the Teacher of justice who was sent into the world to give instruction to all flesh: To enlighten those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and guide our feet into the way of peace. He came to teach knowledge and justice to the upright of heart, as the prophet had foretold: Rejoice, O sons of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God for he has given you the Teacher of justice and has made the morning and evening rain descend upon you as in the beginning. Listen to him, then, all who love life and truth, all who seek the way of salvation and peace, all who desire to win everlasting happiness."

Thomas of Villanova, O.S.A. (AD 1486-1555), Second Sunday of Lent, Sermon 1, 10: Opera Omnia I, 463

Listen to Him, *all* who desire life and happiness. The wisdom and grace of Christ is not just for Christians. *All* do well to hear His words, whic are His actions put to words, and to follow His example, which is simply His words put to life.

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