Abounding Grace for All

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Rightly is [Simeon] called just, who looked not for favour for himself but for consolation for his people. He desired to be set free from the bondage of this frail body, but he waited to see the Promised One; for he knew that blessed are the eyes that see him. Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word. Behold a just man, confined in the weary prison of his body, desiring to depart and to begin to be with Christ! . . .  

Whoever desires to depart and be with Christ, let him come into the temple. Yes, let him come to Jerusalem and wait for the Christ of the Lord. Let him take hold of the Word of God, let him embrace the Word of God with good works, as it were, with arms of faith. Then let him depart in peace, for he who has seen Life shall not see death. Behold how the Lord’s birth overflows with abounding grace for all, and how prophecy was not denied except to the unbelieving. Behold, Simeon prophesied that the Lord Jesus Christ has come for the fall and rising again of many. Yea, he shall separate the just from the unjust by their rewards, and according as our work shall be, so shall the true and righteous Judge command us to be punished or rewarded in the life to come.  

Sermons on Luke  

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St. Ambrose

Ambrose (ca. 339–397) was a lay catechumen when he was chosen to be bishop of Milan. He was responsible for innumerable conversions, most famously St. Augustine.

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