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Actual Sermon Preached to the Congregation by
Patriarch Jacobus Maria DeJesus, D.D.
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3rd Sunday After Epiphany
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Cover of an Epistolarium and Evangeliarium
Book of Epistles & Gospels for the Mass

Epistle for the 3rd Sunday After Epiphany
Romans 12:16-21.


The Epistle appointed to be read during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass today is taken from Saint Paul's Epistle to the Romans, Chapter 12, Verses 16-21.

Brethren,  be not wise in your own conceits.  To no man rendering evil for evil.  Providing good things, not only in the sight of God, but also in the sight of all men.  If it be possible, as much as is in you, have peace with all men.  Revenge not yourselves, my dearly beloved; but give place unto wrath, for it is written:  Revenge is mind, I will repay, saith the Lord.   But if thy enemy be hungry, give him to eat; if he thirst, give him to drink.  For, doing this, thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head.  Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil by good.
 


Gospel for the 3rd Sunday After Epiphany
Matthew 8:1-13.

Please stand for the Holy Gospel.

The Gospel appointed to be read during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass today is taken from the Holy Gospel of Saint Matthew Chapter 8, Verses 1-13.

At that time when Christ was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him.

And behold a leper came and adored Him, saying:  Lord, if thou wilt, Thou canst make me clean.
And Jesus stretching forth his hand, touched him, saying:  I will, be thou made clean. And forthwith his leprosy was cleansed.  And Jesus saith to him:  See thou tell no man:  but go, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift which Moses commanded for a testimony unto them.

And when He had entered into Capharnaum, there came to Him a Centurion, beseeching Him,  And saying:  Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, and is grieviously tormented.  And Jesus saith to him:  I will come and heal him.

And the Centurion making answer, said:  Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldst enter under my roof:  but only say the word, and my servant shall be healed.  For I also am a man subject to authority, having under me soldiers; and I say to this, Go, and he goeth, and to another, Come, and he cometh, and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.

And Jesus hearing this, marvelled; and said to them that followed Him:  Amen I say to you, I have not found so great faith in Israel.  And I say to you that many shall come from the East and the West, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob in the Kingdom of Heaven:  But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into the exterior darkness:  there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

And Jesus said to the Centurion:  Go, and as thou hast believed, so be it done to thee.  And the servant was healed at the same hour.

Thus far are the words of today's Holy Gospel.

Please be seated.



 
“Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof:  but only say the word, and my servant shall be healed.” (GOSPEL of today’s Mass, Matthew 8:8).
  In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen.
 

Humility, Faith, and Charity

Which should all of us admire the most in the Centurion, his Humility, his Faith, or his Charity?  In only one sentence, the Centurion expresses the Virtues of Humility, Faith, and Charity.

The Virtue of Humility

Consider how the Centurion is a superior.  He holds a high office on the social and military scale. Despite this, he does not consider himself worthy to receive Christ into his home.

What timeless lesson is the Centurion giving us?   That all of us make a habit of thinking but little of ourselves.  Why?

Not only because the Virtue of Humility is the basis of all of the Virtues, both the Theological Virtues and the Moral Virtues, but also because “where Humility is, there also is Wisdom” (Proverbs 11:2) and, to refresh your memory, Wisdom is the greatest of the Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost!

Therefore, not only is a truly humble person also a wise person, a truly humble person does not get upset, does not feel grieved, and does not get offended when insulted, when outraged, or otherwise offended.  Rather, the Wisdom of a truly humble person looks upon insults, affronts, indignities, etc., as opportunities - to grow even more in Humility and in Wisdom!

Think of how God gave most trees the ability to sink their roots deep into the soil so that when the strong winds buffet them they will not fall over and die as the result of shallow roots.  Humility and Wisdom help us to sink our Spiritual roots deep into the soil of the Spiritual Life so that when things happen to us which are disagreeable to human nature which has been wounded by Original Sin, we will not lash back with a river of negative four letter words but rather use such a situation as an opportunity to grow even stronger in Humility and Wisdom!

If the Centurion could do it - and he did do it - why can not we also do it?  So, as part of our Resolution, let each of us firmly resolve to imitate the example of the genuine Humility of the Centurion, a Humility which was not fake and phony!

The Virtue of Faith

The Centurion’s Faith believed Christ to be the Son of God.  This means that the Centurion believed that Christ had the power to heal his sick servant.  But the Faith of this pagan Roman Centurion was so strong that he even believed Christ could heal his sick servant, not only by Christ just saying His servant is healed, but also the Faith that Christ could do it right there and then on the spot, without even having to physically travel to his home where his sick servant was patiently waiting for help.

The Gospel records how the Centurion told Christ:

“I also am a man subject to authority, having under me soldiers; and I say to this, Go, and he goeth, and to another, Come, and he cometh, and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.  And Jesus hearing this, marvelled; and said to them that followed Him:  Amen I say to you, I have not found so great Faith in Israel.” (Matthew 8:9-10).
Because the Apostle reminds us how Faith “cometh by hearing” (Romans 10:17), as part of our Resolution, let each of us firmly resolve to hear the Word of God with profit which is read at every Mass and explained in the Sunday Sermons.

The Virtue of Charity

Finally, the Centurion expresses the Virtue of Charity which all of us need to resolve to imitate by behaving towards those over whom God has given us charge, whether as Parents, as an employer, or in whatever other capacity, with kindness and concern for their welfare, not only their physical well-being, but also their Spiritual well-being.

Consider how the Centurion did not send his servant away when he was sick and cause him inconvenience, but he kept him in his own home and provided for him what he needed in his illness, even going to Christ to seek a healing for his servant.

In conclusion, all of us are like the sick servant because all of us need to be healed - Spiritually - of all of our own Spiritual illnesses - not just our habits of sin, but also of our faults and imperfections, especially our primary fault(s).  But one must first become aware of what they are by the study of the Spiritual Life by reading books of solid Catholic Spirituality written by Saints of the Catholic Church whose Catholic orthodoxy can not be questioned.

An alternative is to read and to study at least a sythesis of the Spiritual Life which is correctly explained within the context of Catholic Traditional Teachings as, for example, The Three Ages of the Interior Life, Prelude of Eternal Life  by Father Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P. [b. Auch, France 1877 A.D. - d. Rome, Italy, 1964 A.D.], who taught Dogmatic and Spiritual theology for 53 years at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, the Angelicum, in Rome, Translated by Sister M. Timothea Doyle, O.P.
It is available for free on the Internet.  Links at:
http://www.traditionalcatholicmass.com/home-m34.html

This 2 volume set had been reprinted in paperback by TAN Books.  IF no longer available, try used book dealers on the Internet and locally.

This is why our loving Lord instituted the Sacraments of Penance and of the Holy Eucharist - to heal us Spiritually.

This is also why Holy Mother Church puts in our minds, and in our hearts, these same words of the Centurion as We prepare to receive Holy Communion worthily, with Humility, Wisdom, Faith, and Charity.

The Mass Celebrant, about to Administer Holy Communion, says:  Domine, non sum dignus.... (“O Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof:  but only say the word, and my Soul shall be healed.”)

This is also why Catholics who are faithful to the unchangeable Tradition of the Roman Catholic Church, humbly kneel to receive Holy Communion onto the tongue, as a public Act of Reverence, Humility, and Faith.


Resolutions


The Speaker and the Hearers
The Writer and the Readers


It can neither profit me, the speaker, to speak, nor you, the hearers, to hear, unless we comply with the things which are spoken, ...so let us not limit the display of our zeal to hearing only, but let us observe what is said in our deeds. For it is indeed a good thing to spend time continually in hearing the Divine oracles: but this good thing becomes useless when the benefit to be derived from hearing is not linked with it.”   (Patriarch Saint John Chrysostom [b. Antioch, c. 347 A.D. - d. at Commana in Pontus on Friday, September 14, 407 A.D.], Patriarch of Constantinople [Thursday, February 26, 398 A.D. - Thursday, June 24, 404 A.D.], exiled from his See the 2nd time on Thursday, June 24, 404 A.D., Father and Doctor of the Catholic Church. Sermon on Romans 12:20; emphasis added.)


Let us now review our resolutions:

For our resolutions, let all of us, by the Grace of God, firmly resolve to ask for the Graces each of us need every hour of every day to practice the Virtues of Humility, Faith, and Charity and the Gift of Wisdom.

 
The Virtue of Humility and the Gift of Wisdom help us to sink our Spiritual roots deep into the soil of the Spiritual Life so that when things happen to us which are disagreeable to human nature which has been wounded by Original Sin, we will not lash back with a river of negative four letter words but rather use such a situation as an opportunity to grow even stronger in Humility and Wisdom!  Let each of us resolve, right now, by the Grace of God, to take advantage of EVERY opportunity to practice the genuine - not a fake - Virtue of Humility.  If the Centurion could do it - and he did do it - why can not we also do it?

So, as part of our Resolutions, let each of us firmly resolve to imitate the example of the genuine Humility of the Centurion, a Humility which was not fake and phony!

Because the Apostle reminds us how Faith “cometh by hearing” (Romans 10:17), as part of our Resolutions, let each of us firmly resolve to hear the Word of God with profit when the Epistle and Gospel is read at Mass and explained in the Sunday Sermon.

Even though he was a pagan, this pagan Roman Centurion apparently had more faith in Jesus Christ in his day than do most Catholics in our day!  So let each of us resolve that, by the Grace of God, our own personal faith in Jesus Christ - the eternal Son of God - the Second Person of the Most Blessed Trinity - will far surpass the faith of that pagan Roman Centurion almost 2,000 years ago!

Let each of us also resolve to imitate the Virtue of Charity and the Gift of Wisdom to an even greater degree than that practiced by the pagan Roman Centurion in this age of gross selfishness and gross immorality where abortionists are in denial that they are baby-killers!

Abortionists conveniently ignore the fact that death is the separation of the Soul from the body which means that where you have life, you do not have death, and thus you have a living human being, no matter how tiny, with an Immortal, Rational Soul infused into that living body at the instant of conception by Almighty God!  Said another way, pregnant women do not have a dead body inside of them, but a body that is alive because it has an Immortal Soul - the proof of life - in its little body!

Consider today, as We update this Sermon to 2018 A.D., where other types of hatred and Satanic violence have become the norm by terrorists, gangs, etc., whose hatred, killings, destruction of entire regions by deliberately setting wind-driven ferocious fires to destroy the homes, businesses, hospitals, schools, libraries, offices, etc., etc., of as many American citizens as possible in their rampage of death and destruction for which they will burn in Hell for all eternity!

It is, however, ironic how these same extremely gullible beings are so easily manipulated and controlled by the blatant lies and/or evil propaganda of various sources, including the so-called main stream media, with their endless litany of fake news and blatant lies, as well as by other radical groups of tyranny and disloyalty and anti-Americanism, not to mention the various criminal career politicians, judges, and others of their ilk, whose invisible control has made such despots to be mindless, demonic, puppets programmed to carry out the evil agenda of those who invisibly control them, perhaps something similar to the movie They Live?  Many of these criminals have illegally entered various countries, especially the U.S.A.

Here in the U.S.A., and apparently some Western European countries, other evils have also been, and continue to be, at work on the children of these countries, long before the invasion of Terrorists into these countries!

For example, this evil, anti-God hatred began slowly and gradually, by trying to brainwash the younger generations, some of whom have become what have been called snowflakes by some, from mind control found on too many TV programs, including the demonic fake news channels which pander to the immature, dumb, and stupid members of society, both young and old, along with some music CD's made for the younger generations, plus certain internet web sites, not to mention the escalation of hatred and Satanic violence on the streets of cities, large and small, throughout America and elsewhere.

Therefore, in our Charity, so desperately needed by so many today, let all of us now resolve to pray for the Grace of Conversion of all of these evil people.

No wonder God is permitting America in particular, and the world in general, to be scourged by catastrophic storms and various parts of certain regions or parts of various countries around the world to be decimated by earthquakes, tidal waves, fire, famine, etc.!!!

At Fatima, Our Blessed Mother said that war is a punishment from God for sin!  How sad, but how true!  Everyone needs to repent of their sins and to amend their lives to do good and to avoid evil.

Also, resolve to far surpass the Charity of the pagan Roman Centurion of almost 2,000 years ago and to do our part to reduce this epidemic of Satanism in all areas of society today by behaving towards those over whom God has given us charge, whether as Parents, or as an employer, or an employee, or as a Teacher, or as a student, or in whatever other capacity, with Humility, with Charity, with Mercy, with kindness and with concern for their welfare, not only their physical well-being, but most especially for their Spiritual well-being.

Consider how the Centurion did not send his servant away when he was sick and cause him inconvenience, but he kept him in his own home and provided for him what he needed in his illness, even going to Christ to seek a healing for his servant.

Therefore, Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil by good. (Romans 12:21).



Conclusion


“Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof:  but only say the word, and my servant shall be healed.” (GOSPEL of today’s Mass, Matthew 8:8).
 
  In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen.



The Blessing
V. Sit + Nomen Domini benedictum.
R. Ex hoc nunc, et usque in saeculum.
V. Adjutorium nostrum in
Nomine Domini.
R. Qui fecit cœlum et terram.
V. Benedicat vos, Omnipotens Deus:
V. Pa + ter, et Fi + lius, et Spiritus + Sanctus, descendat super vos, et maneat semper.
R. Amen.
V. Blessed + be the Name of the Lord.
R. Now and for ever more.x
V. Our help is in the Name of the Lord.
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R. Who made Heaven and earth.
V. May Almighty God Bless thee:x
V. The Fa + ther, the + Son, and the Holy + Ghost, descend upon thee, and always remain with thee.
R. Amen.

Our Blessed Mother asks Catholics to
Pray her Traditional Rosary daily.
The Rosary will really make a
Powerful difference in Your Life!

The Memorare
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help or sought thy intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen. 
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