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42. The Preaching of Christ

1. Christ's preaching, and that of his apostles, was,first of all, to the Jews. Thus: (a) he fulfilled the promise ofGod to the patriarchs; (b) he preached first to believers in Godwho were apt instruments for conveying his teaching to the"races" or "Gentiles"; (c) he thus deprived theChosen People of any show of justice in their act of rejecting him;(d) he was ready, after the Resurrection, to extend his mission toinclude the Gentiles, and to send his apostles "to allnations."

2. Our Lord spoke to the Jews, not only kindly andplacatingly, but with occasional sternness and words of sharpreproach. Some of the Scribes and Pharisees, leaders of the people,showed much pride and malice in their attitude towards God mademan, and kept others from hearing and heeding his teaching. Whenour Lord rebuked them, it was not through pique or resentment, butbecause of his love for their souls as well as the souls they wereinfluencing.

3. Christ spoke openly to the people. He brought essentialtruth to all men, not hiding its light "under a bushel,"or uttering it in occult words. Even when he "spoke inparables," he explained the parables to his disciples, whowould convey their meaning to all who were willing to hear.

4. Our Lord wrote no books or documents. He left thattask, in so far as divine Wisdom wills to have it done, to writersinspired by God for the work. Christ spoke to people, and impressedtruth in the hearts of his willing hearers.

"Obedience is the true holocaust which we sacrifice to God on the altar of our hearts."
St Philip Neri

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"To do God's will -- this was the goal upon which the saints constantly fixed their gaze. They were fully persuaded that in this consists the entire perfection of the soul. "
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"Every man naturally desires knowledge; but what good is knowledge without fear of God? Indeed a humble rustic who serves God is better than a proud intellectual who neglects his soul to study the course of the stars."
Thomas á Kempis

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