The Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time [C]
Jeremiah 1:4-5,17-19 + 1 Corinthians 12:31—13:13 + Luke 4:21-30
February 3, 2013
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you.” [Jeremiah 1:5]
In the year of Our Lord 1273, Saint Thomas Aquinas recognized God calling him to a standard far higher than the one he had set for himself. In that year on December 6th, as St. Thomas was celebrating Mass, he had a mystical vision. After that vision he rarely spoke for the rest of his life. He never described exactly what the vision was. But it was because of that vision that he stopped his work on the greatest project of his career: an encyclopedia of Catholic theology that he had begun seven years earlier.