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“By my baptism the waters will be sanctified, receiving from me fire and the Holy Spirit”

Today the source of all the graces of baptism comes himself to be baptized in the river Jordan, there to make himself known to the world. Seeing him approach, John stretches out his hand to hold him back, protesting: Lord, … Continue reading

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“Thus Jesus was baptized, that thereby we again by our participation might receive both salvation and honor”

Jesus sanctified Baptism by being Himself baptized. If the Son of God was baptized, what godly man is he that despises Baptism? But He was baptized not that He might receive remission of sins, for He was sinless; but being … Continue reading

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“We have heard him promised from the beginning of time; we have seen and touched with our hands the one who is now shown to us at the end of time”

You have assembled here to listen to the Word of God, but God has provided something better. Today it is given us not only to hear the Word of God, but even to see it, if only we will  go … Continue reading

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“The shadows and the types have passed away, while the images of things themselves have suddenly become visible through the grace of the Spirit and the apostolic wisdom of God”

The great Paul declared that the written “Law possesses a shadow of future good things, not the very image itself” (Heb 10:1). For it is just so with painters who have set their sights on the original form and the … Continue reading

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“When God reveals his humanity, his goodness cannot possibly remain hidden”

“The goodness and humanity of God our Saviour have appeared in our midst.” We thank God for the many consolations he has given us during this sad exile of our pilgrimage here on earth. Before the Son of God became … Continue reading

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“Blessed is He Who made our body a Tabernacle for His hiddenness”

Blessed be the Child Who today delights Bethlehem. Blessed be the Newborn Who today made humanity young again. Blessed be the Fruit Who bowed Himself down for our hunger. Blessed be the Gracious One Who suddenly enriched all of our … Continue reading

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“O new commingling; O strange conjunction; the Self-Existent comes into being, the Uncreated is created, That which cannot be contained is contained”

Christ is born; glorify Him. Christ from heaven; go out to meet Him. Christ on earth; be exalted. Sing unto the Lord all the earth (Ps. 96:1,11); and (to join both in one word) Let the heavens rejoice; and let … Continue reading

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“The Virgin Mother, and she alone, is the frontier between created and uncreated nature”

When the Virgin saw the Archangel, she was afraid lest he be a deceitful messenger beguiling unwary women like Eve, and she did not accept his greeting unquestioningly. As she did not yet clearly perceive the bond with God which … Continue reading

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