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THE CHURCH AS IT NOW EXISTS IS COMMONLY ALLUDED TO AS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN

07 Feb

Homilies of St Gregory, Pope

Homily 38 on the Gospel

Remember that I have said on many occasions that in the holy Gospel the Church as it now exists is commonly alluded to as the kingdom of heaven. It is called the kingdom of heaven inasmuch as it is a congregation of the just. The Lord declared through the words of his prophet: “Heaven is my throne.” Solomon said, “The soul of the righteous is the throne of wisdom,” while Paul calls Christ “the power of God and the wisdom of God.” This we may conclude with certainty. If the wisdom is God, and the throne of the righteous the throne of wisdom, and the throne of God heaven, the soul of the righteous is therefore, heaven. Therefore, too, can the Psalmist say, “The heavens show forth the glory of God.”

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 

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