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Liturgical day: January 28th: St. Thomas Aquinas, priest and doctor

Gospel text (Mt 23,8-12): Jesus said to his disciples: «You, do not let yourselves be called Master because you have only one Master». Jesus said to his disciples: «You, do not let yourselves be called Master because you have only one Master, and all of you are brothers and sisters. Neither should you call anyone on earth Father, because you have only one Father, he who is in heaven. Nor should you be called leader, because Christ is the only leader for you. Let the greatest among you be the servant of all. For whoever makes himself great shall be humbled, and whoever humbles himself shall be made great».

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today, we celebrate St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274), member of the Order of Preachers, priest and Doctor of the Church. The life and teaching of St Thomas Aquinas could be summed up in an episode passed down by his ancient biographers. While, as was his wont, the Saint was praying before the Crucifix in the early morning in the chapel of St Nicholas in Naples, Domenico da Caserta, the church sacristan, overheard a conversation. Thomas was anxiously asking whether what he had written on the mysteries of the Christian faith was correct. And the Crucified One answered him: «You have spoken well of me, Thomas. What is your reward to be?». And the answer Thomas gave him was what we too, friends and disciples of Jesus, always want to tell him: «Nothing but Yourself, Lord!».

—«Grant me, o Lord my God, a mind to know you, a heart to seek you, wisdom to find you, conduct pleasing to you, faithful perseverance in waiting for you, and a hope of finally embracing you» (St. Thomas Aquinas).