Friday, December 09, 2005

3rd Sunday of Advent

We'll be hearing from the Gospel of John on Sunday. I found a couple of neat things in the commentary of ST. Thomas' Catena Aurea. John signifies "God's Grace," and Bethany signifies "house of obedience"

This is rather wonderful when we consider John baptizing in the Jordan beyond Bethany, for Grace transcends and perfects obedience, and it is obtained initially through baptism.

Now Martha, Mary, and Lazarus (the active life, the contemplative life, and the sinner) were particular best friends of Jesus whom he was fond of spending time with. yes, they lived in Bethany!

by this will I know that you love me, He said, if you keep my commandments.

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