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Friday, May 18, 2012

Blessed Augustine: Zeal For THY House Hath Consumed Me

From the Holy Gospel According to St. John 2:16,17 (KJV)

And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not MY FATHER's House an house of merchandise. And HIS disciples rememebered that it was written, The zeal of THINE House hath eaten me up.

Then the disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of THINE House hath eaten me up": because by this zeal of GOD's House, the LORD cast these men out of the Temple. Brethren, let every Christian among the members of CHRIST be eaten up with zeal of GOD's House. Who is eaten up with zeal of GOD's House? He who exerts himself to have all that he may happen to see wrong there corrected, desires it to be mended, does not rest idle; who if he cannot mend it, endures it, laments it. ... Therefore, let the zeal of GOD's House eat thee up: let the zeal of GOD's House eat up every Christian, zeal of that House of GOD of which he is a member. For thy own house [or the sanctification of thine own body] is not mot more important than that wherein thou hast everlasting rest. Thou goest into thine own house for temporal rest, thou enterest GOD's House for everlasting rest. [THY body becometh GOD's House when thou eatest of HIS BODY and BLOOD.] If, then, thou busiest thyself to see that nothing wrong be done in thine own house, is it fit that thou suffer, so far as thou canst help, if thou shouldst chance to see aught wrong in the House of GOD, where salvation is set before thee, and rest without end? --Blessed Augustine of Hippo

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