We have closed!
We have closed!
There is a common thread in the three lessons appointed for today: the Church is not just for the Jews. It’s a theme as old as the Hebrews being a chosen nation, for when that nation was reduced to One—in the Person of Jesus Christ—He was called what the nation was supposed to be: “[A] light to bring revelation to the Gentiles.” (Luke 2:32a) Israel may have been a chosen nation, but the God who chose them was the God of all creation. He is a God who never changes, and just as He now wants all men to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth, as revealed to St. Paul (cf. 1 Timothy 2:4), so He always wanted it so.
If you could see how many knives, darts, and arrows are every moment aimed at you, you would be glad to come to the Sacrament as often as possible. But there is no reason why we walk so securely and heedlessly, except that we neither think nor believe that we are in the flesh, and in this wicked world or in the kingdom of the devil. Therefore, try this and practise it well, and do but examine yourself, or look about you a little, and only keep to the Scriptures. If even then you still feel nothing, you have so much the more misery to lament both to God and to your brother. Then take advice and have others pray for you, and do not desist until the stone be removed from your heart. Then, indeed, the distress will not fail to become manifest, and you will find that you have sunk twice as deep as any other poor sinner, and are much more in need of the Sacrament against the misery which unfortunately you do not see, so that, with the grace of God, you may feel it more and become the more hungry for the Sacrament, especially since the devil plies his force against you, and lies in wait for you without ceasing to seize and destroy you, soul and body, so that you are not safe from him one hour. How soon can he have brought you suddenly into misery and distress when you least expect it!