Monday 28 August 2023

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St Augustine

1 Thessalonians 1:1-5, 8-10. The Lord takes delight in his people – Psalm 149:1-6, 9. Matthew 23:13-22.

The Lord takes pleasure in his people

The Scripture readings today are full of glory and praise to our God who raises up among us great teachers and missionaries whose words – written, spoken and sung – inspire our hearts, and turn our souls and minds to seek the Lord. This is the Feast Day of Saint Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, Father of the Church, theologian, sinner and saint. He was a wonderful writer and academic, a pagan and a searcher for truth. His mother, St Monica prayed for many years for the grace of Christian conversion for him. The Letter of Saint Paul to the Thessalonians speaks in praise of those missionaries sent to them who have brought them into the faith, and those who spread the message of the Kingdom further.

Jesus rebukes those teachers and religious leaders who ‘lock people out of the Kingdom of Heaven’, and who make truth obscure. ‘For the Lord takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with victory.’ (Ps.149:4)

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