Thursday, January 11, 2007

Today the Church celebrates : St. Adrian of Canterbury

Baudoin de Ford : «Jesus rebuked him and said, "Quiet! Come out of him!"

Letter to the Hebrews 2,5-12.
For it was not to angels that he subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking. Instead, someone has testified somewhere: "What is man that you are mindful of him, or the son of man that you care for him? You made him for a little while lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and honor, subjecting all things under his feet." In "subjecting" all things (to him), he left nothing not "subject to him." Yet at present we do not see "all things subject to him," but we do see Jesus "crowned with glory and honor" because he suffered death, he who "for a little while" was made "lower than the angels," that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. For it was fitting that he, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the leader to their salvation perfect through suffering. He who consecrates and those who are being consecrated all have one origin. Therefore, he is not ashamed to call them "brothers," saying: "I will proclaim your name to my brothers, in the midst of the assembly I will praise you";

Psalms 8,2.5.6-7.8-9.
O LORD, our Lord, how awesome is your name through all the earth! You have set your majesty above the heavens!
What are humans that you are mindful of them, mere mortals that you care for them?
Yet you have made them little less than a god, crowned them with glory and honor.
You have given them rule over the works of your hands, put all things at their feet:
All sheep and oxen, even the beasts of the field,
The birds of the air, the fish of the sea, and whatever swims the paths of the seas.

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 1,21-28.
Then they came to Capernaum, and on the sabbath he entered the synagogue and taught. The people were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes. In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit; he cried out, "What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are--the Holy One of God!" Jesus rebuked him and said, "Quiet! Come out of him!" The unclean spirit convulsed him and with a loud cry came out of him. All were amazed and asked one another, "What is this? A new teaching with authority. He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him." His fame spread everywhere throughout the whole region of Galilee.

Commentary of the day :

Baudoin de Ford (?-about 1190), Cistercian abbot
Homily on Hebrews 4,12; PL 204, 451-453

«Jesus rebuked him and said, "Quiet! Come out of him!"

“Indeed, the word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword” (Heb 4,12). With these few words the apostle shows those who seek Christ – he who is the Word, the strength and the wisdom of God - all the greatness, the strength and the wisdom of the Word of God...When one preaches this Word of God, by preaching it, it confers to words listened to exteriorly the power of his Word, perceived interiorly. That being the case, the dead can then be raised (Lk 7,22) and this sign can make other new children too raise up to Abraham (Mt 3,9). Therefore this Word is living. Living in the heart of the Father, living on the lips of the preacher, and living in the hearts filled with fire and love. And since it is a living Word, no doubt that it is also effective.

It is effective as it creates the world, it governs it and it redeems it. What could be stronger or more effective than this word? “Who can tell the mighty deeds of the Lord, proclaim in full God's praise?” (Ps 105,2). This Word is effective because of the things it operates; it reveals itself also through predication. For it never returns to God void, but it always does his will, achieving the end for which he had sent it (Is 55,11).

The Word is therefore effective, and sharper than a two-edged sword, when it is received with faith and love. In fact, is anything impossible to the one who believes? And is anything rigorous for the one who loves?


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