Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Saint Luke


And they were both just before God, walking in all the commandments and justifications of the Lord without blame. (Luke 1:6)

STEADFASTNESS & TRUE JUSTICE: Zachary and Elizabeth are models of steadfastness in what is right. They lived in an evil time when most of the Israelites, and even most of the priests, had grown lax in the service of God, and no longer worshiped Him in their hearts. But in spite of the evil example of those around them, Zachary and Elizabeth remained true to God, and faithfully observed His commandments. Zachary and Elizabeth were not only just in the eyes of men, as were the hypocritical Pharisees, but were "just before God."
Many people think it is enough to appear righteous in the eyes of the world. This may be sufficient to save us from being put into prison, but it will not prove enough to obtain for us an entrance into heaven. He who wishes to be just before God, and to dwell with Him one day in heaven, must observe all God's commandments, and must do His will in all things as Zachary and Elizabeth did.

[From 'A Practical Commentary on Holy Scripture' by Bishop Knecht, D.D.]
(1899 Douay-Rheims Bible)