Memory of the Saints and the Prophets

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We remember Saint Augustine (†430), Bishop of Hippo (present day in Algeria) and a Doctor of the Church.


Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

You are a chosen race,
a royal priesthood, a holy nation,
a people acquired by God
to proclaim his marvellous works.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

1 Thessalonians 2,9-13

You remember, brothers, with what unsparing energy we used to work, slaving night and day so as not to be a burden on any one of you while we were proclaiming the gospel of God to you. You are witnesses, and so is God, that our treatment of you, since you believed, has been impeccably fair and upright. As you know, we treated every one of you as a father treats his children, urging you, encouraging you and appealing to you to live a life worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and his glory. Another reason why we continually thank God for you is that as soon as you heard the word that we brought you as God's message, you welcomed it for what it really is, not the word of any human being, but God's word, a power that is working among you believers.

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

You will be holy,
because I am holy, thus says the Lord.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Remembering the beginning of the community in Thessalonica, Paul shows that those moments were a time if edification through a patient pastoral work and using all the available energies and time. He usually started his apostolic activity in the late evening as during the day he was working with "his own hands" to earn his living and "not to be a burden to anyone." He wanted to avoid any suspicion of flattery or personal greed (see 2:3-5) in order to make his preaching worth of trust. Therefore he can admonish, urge, encourage and plead efficaciously that the Thessalonians may be worth of God and participate in His kingdom. Paul compares his love to fatherly love: "As you know, we dealt with each one of you like a father with his children, urging and encouraging you and pleading that you should lead a life worthy of God." Paul's awareness of his paternity makes him responsible of the growth of the faith of those who were entrusted to him. This is why he urges, encourages and pleads them. Their growth is his consolation. Not by chance here the apostle speaks again about the meaning of his preaching. There is a close connection between preaching of the Word of God and paternity. In the Church preaching is not aimed to amaze or raise admiration. Hing is aimed to bring to the threshold of the heart those who listen to the Word of God so that it may enter the hearts and transform them. This is the meaning of the deep difference between human and divine word: preaching is not a rhetorical exercise but exactly bringing to the hearts of the listeners - and the preacher must listen himself first - the Word of God, light for our steps and strength of love to transform the world