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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.

"As the flesh is nourished by food, so is man supported by prayers"
St Augustine

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"To think of oneself as nothing, and always to think well and highly of others is the best and most perfect wisdom. Wherefore, if you see another sin openly or commit a serious crime, do not consider yourself better, for you do not know how long you can remain in good estate. All men are frail, but you must admit that none is more frail than yourself. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"A person who rails at God in adversity, suffers without merit; moreover by his lack of resignation he adds to his punishment in the next life and experiences greater disquietude of mind in this life."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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