Short Sermons for Low Masses, Vol. 3
Excerpt from Short Sermons for Low Masses, Vol. 3: For All the Sundays of the Year "He shall be called a Nazarene." - Matt, ii, 23. Synopsis. - Nazarene means a blossom. Befitting for Christians, in order to be true Nazarenes and disciples of Christ, to bear blossoms of virtue, to become like the divine Nazarene. We read in Holy Scripture that Nathaniel asked: "Can anything of good come from Nazareth?" He asked this question because the inhabitants of Nazareth were despised by the Jews; but we Christians know that something good did come out of Nazareth: Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who came to deliver the world from its sins. The prophets had announced the Redeemer as a Nazarene. As Christ was called a Nazarene, the first Christians considered it an honor to be called by that name. The word Nazarene translated into our language means blossom, and we, my dear Christians, should make ourselves worthy of this name by endeavoring to bear the blossoms and fruits of Christian virtue. Our Saviour compared man with a tree and said, as the good tree bears good fruit so should the good man practice good works, and as a tree that bears no good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire, so favor will not be found by the man who does not bring forth good works. We are, as it were, the trees in the gar den of Holy Church and God demands that we bring forth the blossoms and fruits of virtue. It is especially befitting that a Christian should bear the blossoms of innocence and purity. "At all times let thy garments be white," says the spirit of the Lord (Eccl. ix, 8). And this is meant, as St. Cyril tells us, not of the clothes of the body, but of the soul, the white garment of sanctifying grace. We receive this garment first in holy Baptism and we ought to preserve it spotless, and thus arrive before the judgment seat of God arrayed in it. Would that this white robe of innocence were held in as high esteem by us as it was by the first Christians! About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.