Thursday, December 13, 2007

the Violent take it by force

Today's Gospel:

Mt 11,11-15.
Amen, I say to you, among those born of women there has been none greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent are taking it by force. All the prophets and the law prophesied up to the time of John. And if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah, the one who is to come. Whoever has ears ought to hear.

Origen's comments...

Homilies on Joshua, no.5 (SC 71)

Joshua crossed the Jordan to attack Jericho. But Saint Paul teaches: “Our
struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the unseen powers, with the
world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the
heavens,” (Ep 6,12). Those things that were written down are images and
symbols. For Paul says elsewhere: “These things happened as an example;
they have been written down as a warning to us, upon whom the end of the
ages has come,” (1Co 10,11). If, then, these things have been written down
as a warning, well then!, why delay? Like Joshua, let us set out to war,
attacking the greatest city in the world, namely wickedness, and let us
throw down the arrogant walls of sin. Would you look around for which path
to take, which battlefield to choose? No doubt you will find my words
extraordinary; nevertheless, they are true: limit your quest to yourself
alone. In you lies the combat you are going to engage, within yourself the
structure of evil and sin to pull down; your enemy emerges from the depths
of your heart. It is not I who say this but Christ. Listen to him: “From
the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, unchastity, theft, false
witness, blasphemy,” (Mt 15,19). Do you realize the power of this enemy
force that advances against you from the depths of your heart? Those are
our real enemies.

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