Memorial of Saint Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
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For our Gospel did not come to you in word alone,
but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with much conviction.
St. Paul preached the Gospel in very spectacular way. He taught the Word of God like a teacher with many references from Old testament and fulfilled promises in the New Testament. He also spoke the word of God with much power and boldness and conviction. He spoke and taught the Gospel with the power of the Holy Spirit. He lived the Gospel. He formed the Churches of love.
St. Paul was a zealous Pharisee but converted to Christianity in a very miraculous way. In the gospel reading Jesus exposes the hypocrisy of Pharisees and Scribes. The Pharisees only taught the Word of God but there was no power in the teaching, there was no Signs and wonders, there was no inspiration of the Holy Spirit and there was no lived love or practice. Moreover, the word of God was manipulated and misinterpreted for their own benefits. In short, the Word of God had lost its true values.
St. Augustine was the great Scholar in the early church and a contemporary theologian who taught on original Sin and the grace of Baptism. St. Augustine also was miraculously converted to Christianity and became great theologian and philosopher. Most of St. Augustine’s teachings are still the core in the Catholic and Protestant churches. St. Augustine embraced celibacy and became a great priest and Bishop for the love of God, after a scandalous living.
Let us pray for the unity through intercessions of Paul and St. Augustine who were great Scholars in words, writings and deeds. The light of the Gospel may dispel every darkness of misinterpretation and self-motivated ideas on the Word of God. The Holy Spirit may convict every protector of the Word of God and teachings of Church in the true light of the Spirit.
We as parents or teachers of the Word of God must analyse our approach towards our family and Community. Are we like St. Paul and St. Augustine with full of zeal who risked their life for the love of God or like those Pharisees who lived a selfish life by manipulating the Word of God in our daily lived life. Jesus hated hypocrites but he loved the sinners. Today let us acknowledge ourselves as sinners and fallen short of the glory of God. Jesus will receive us with great joy in our present time and time to come but for every hypocrite Jesus will rebuke to eternal absence of God.