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Luke [9:51-56] A Samaritan Village Refuses to Receive Jesus Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 9,51-56. When the days for Jesus to be taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely determined …More
Luke [9:51-56] A Samaritan Village Refuses to Receive Jesus

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 9,51-56.

When the days for Jesus to be taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem,
and he sent messengers ahead of him. On the way they entered a Samaritan village to prepare for his reception there,
but they would not welcome him because the destination of his journey was Jerusalem.
When the disciples James and John saw this they asked, "Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?"
Jesus turned and rebuked them,
and they journeyed to another village.

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Saint Bernard (1091-1153)
Cistercian monk and doctor of the Church
Sermon no. 1


"He resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem"
Brethren, it is absolutely certain that you are already on the way to the city where you are to dwell. You are not proceeding through thickets but along the road. But I fear this life is giving you the illusion of being long and therefore of not bringing you consolation but, still more, sorrow. Yes what I fear is that some of you, at the thought that there remains a long road still to go, feel overcome by spiritual discouragement and lose all hope of being able to bear so many trials for so long. As though God’s consolations did not far more fill the souls of the elect with joy than the many troubles contained within their heart.
At the present time, it is true, these consolations are only given in proportion to their troubles. But once happiness has been attained then it will no longer be consolations but delight forever that we shall find at God’s right hand (Ps 15[16]:11). Long for this right hand, my brothers, which embraces us in our whole being. Ardently wish for that happiness in order that the present time may seem short (as indeed it is) by comparison with the greatness of God’s love. “The sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory soon to be revealed in us” (Rm 8:18). O happy promise, which we should cling to with all our will.