Skip to comments.Sermons of St. Alphonsus Liguori
Posted on 09/02/2003 8:35:18 PM PDT by naira
For the first sunday of advent
On the General Judgment
"And they shall see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of Heaven with much power and majesty"-Matt.,xxiv.30.
At present God is not known, and therefore he is as much despised by sinners, as if he could not avenge, whenever he pleases, the injuries offered to him. The wicked "looketh upon the Almighty as if he could do nothing"-Job,xxii.17. But the Lord has fixed a day, called in the Scriptures "the day of the Lord", on which the Eternal Judge will make known his power and majesty. "The Lord", says the Psalmist, "shall be known when he executeth judgment"-Ps.,ix.17. On this text St. Bernard writes: The Lord, who is now unknown while he seeks mercy, shall be known when he executes justice"-Lib.dexii.Rad. The prophet Sophonias call the day of the Lord "a day of wrath - a day of tribulation and distress - a day of calamity and misery"-i.15.
Job,xxii.17. Who said to God: "Depart from us" and looked upon the Almighty as if he could do nothing:
Ps.,ix.17. The Lord shall be known when he executeth judgments: the sinner hath been caught in the works of his own hands.
Sophonias 1:15 That day is a day of wrath, a day of tribulation and distress, a day of calamity and misery, a day of darkness and obscurity, a day of clouds and whirlwinds,
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Let us now consider, in the first point, the different appearance of the just and the unjust; in the second, the scrutiny of consciences; and in the third, the sentence pronounced on the elect and on the reprobate.
|Reading||From a sermon by Saint Alphonsus Liguori, bishop|
|On the love of Christ|
|All holiness and perfection of soul lies in our love for Jesus Christ our God, who is our Redeemer and our supreme good. It is part of the love of God to acquire and to nurture all the virtues which make a man perfect.
Has not God in fact won for himself a claim on all our love? From all eternity he has loved us. And it is in this vein that he speaks to us: O man, consider carefully that I first loved you. You had not yet appeared in the light of day, nor did the world yet exist, but already I loved you. From all eternity I have loved you.
Since God knew that man is enticed by favours, he wished to bind him to his love by means of his gifts: I want to catch men with the snares, those chains of love in which they allow themselves to be entrapped, so that they will love me. And all the gifts which he bestowed on man were given to this end. He gave him a soul, made in his likeness, and endowed with memory, intellect and will; he gave him a body equipped with the senses; it was for him that he created heaven and earth and such an abundance of things. He made all these things out of love for man, so that all creation might serve man, and man in turn might love God out of gratitude for so many gifts.
But he did not wish to give us only beautiful creatures; the truth is that to win for himself our love, he went so far as to bestow upon us the fullness of himself. The eternal Father went so far as to give us his only Son. When he saw that we were all dead through sin and deprived of his grace, what did he do? Compelled, as the Apostle says, by the superabundance of his love for us, he sent his beloved Son to make reparation for us and to call us back to a sinless life.
By giving us his Son, whom he did not spare precisely so that he might spare us, he bestowed on us at once every good: grace, love and heaven; for all these goods are certainly inferior to the Son: He who did not spare his own Son, but handed him over for all of us: how could he fail to give us along with his Son all good things?
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