The Gospel of the day (Luke 4, 38-44)

The healing of Peter`s mother in law

38 Jesus left the synagogue and went to the home of Simon. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus to help her. 39 So he bent over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them.

40 At sunset, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them. 41 Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew he was the Messiah.

42 At daybreak, Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them. 43 But he said, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.” 44 And he kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea.

How to understand the Kingdom of heavens

Origen, About principles, IInd Book, III, 11, in Church Fathers and Writers (1982), vol. 8, pp. 180-181

„(…) Those who interpret the Scripture as the Apostles understood it expect a nourishment of the saints but they see it as being the bread of life which will nurture the soul with the bread of truth and enlighten the mind with wisdom, giving us to drink the cup of the divine wisdom as the Scripture says it:

Wisdom has built her house;
    she has set up[a] its seven pillars She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine;
    she has also set her table.
She has sent out her servants, and she calls
    from the highest point of the city,
    “Let all who are simple come to my house!”
To those who have no sense she says,
    “Come, eat my food
    and drink the wine I have mixed.
Leave your simple ways and you will live;
    walk in the way of insight.”

 (Proverbs 9, 4).

Fed in this way with the bread of wisdom the mind renewed itself completely and in all its plenitude as the man was initially created after the image and likeness of God

In this case, even if the man when he leaves this life has not the full knowledge of things but he carries with him a number of worthy deeds then he shall enter the «New Jerusalem which is the holy citadel», he will commune with knowledge, teaching and enlightenment becoming a living stone, a precious and refined stone  (I Peter 2, 4), like one who endured with patience and courage the struggles of this life and the battles for faith. Then he will know for real and more clearly what was prophesied long time ago on earth: `Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.` (Matthew 4, 4).

By those emperors and governors we must understand those who guide the small ones enlightening them, teaching them and educating them in knowing the divine matters.

Saint Gregory of Nyssa, Detailed interpretation at the Canticle of Canticles, Homily XV, in Church Fathers and Writers (1998), vol. 29, p. 330

„ (…) God will be everything in all those who by the union between themselves will commune together with the good, Jesus Christ our Lord.


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