Friday, December 18, 2015

Augustine: Christ in the heart

Friday, December 18, 2015
    As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.”
    He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”
    —Luke 11:27-28 (NIV)
    Mary is more blessed in receiving the faith of Christ, than in conceiving the flesh of Christ. For to a certain one who said, “Blessed is the womb, which bare Thee,” He Himself made answer, “Yea, rather, blessed are they who hear the Word of God, and keep it.” Lastly, to His brethren, that is, His kindred after the flesh, who believed not in Him, what profit was there in that being of kin? Thus also her nearness as a Mother would have been of no profit to Mary, had she not borne Christ in her heart after a more blessed manner than in her flesh.
    ... St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430), De Virginitate [ca. 401], III (see the book)
    See also Luke 11:27-28; Matt. 7:20-21; 12:46-50; Mark 3:31-35; Luke 1:41-42; 2:19; 8:19-21; John 6:29
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, let Christmas reign in my heart.
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