- Saturday, 14 December 2019 : Book of Sirach 48:1-4.9-11.
In those days, like a fire there appeared the prophet Elijah whose words were as a flaming furnace. Their staff of bread he shattered, in his zeal he reduced them to straits; By God's word he shut up the heavens and three times brought down fire. How awesome are you, Elijah! Whose glory is equal to yours? You were taken aloft in a whirlwind, in a chariot with fiery horses. You are destined, it is written, in time to come to put an end to wrath before the day of the LORD, To turn back the hearts of fathers toward their sons, and to reestablish the tribes of Jacob. Blessed is he who shall have seen you and who falls asleep in your friendship.
- Saturday, 14 December 2019 : Psalms 80(79):2ac.3b.15-16.18-19.
Shepherd of Israel, listen! From your throne upon the cherubim, shine forth Rouse your power, come to save us. Once again, O LORD of hosts, look down from heaven, and see: take care of this vine, Once again, O LORD of hosts, Look down from heaven, and see: Take care of this vine, and protect what your right hand has planted the son of man whom you yourself made strong. May your help be with the man of your right hand, with the son of man whom you yourself made strong. The son of man whom you yourself made strong. Then we will no more withdraw from you; give us new life, and we will call upon your name.
- Saturday, 14 December 2019 :
- Saturday, 14 December 2019 : Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 17:10-13.
As they were coming down from the mountain, the disciples asked Jesus, “Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?” He said in reply, "Elijah will indeed come and restore all things; but I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him but did to him whatever they pleased. So also will the Son of Man suffer at their hands." Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist.
- Saturday, 14 December 2019 : Commentary Saint Augustine
God fixed a time for his promises, and a time for fulfilling what he had promised. The period of his promises was from the time of the prophets up to John the Baptist; and the period for fulfilling what he had promised is from John and henceforward to the end. God is faithful: he made himself our debtor not by accepting anything from us, but by promising us such great blessings. The promise was not enough; he even chose to be bound by writing, creating for us a kind of bond for his promises; so that when he began to fulfil his promises, we might contemplate in scripture the order of their accomplishment. The period of prophecy, therefore, as we have before now frequently said, was the announcement of the promises. He promised everlasting salvation, and an unending life of blessedness with the angels, an unfading inheritance (1Pt 1:4), everlasting glory, his own dear face, his sanctuary in heaven, and, by the resurrection of the dead, no further fear of death. This is, as it were, his final promise, towards which all our endeavors tend, and after we have received it, we shall seek nothing more, demand nothing more. Nor has he passed over in silence in his promises and prophecies how that final state will be reached. He promised has us the divine nature: to mortals, immortality; to sinners, justification; to castaways, a state of glory.
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