Andrew of Crete: Rejoice exceedingly, Daughter of Jerusalem, sing and leap for joy Tuesday, Nov 20 2012 

Let us say to Christ: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, the king of Israel.

[…] Let us spread the thoughts and desires of our hearts under his feet like garments, so that entering us with the whole of his being, he may draw the whole of our being into himself and place the whole of his in us.

Let us say to Zion in the words of the prophet: Have courage, daughter of Zion, do not be afraid.

Behold, your king comes to you, humble and mounted on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.

He is coming who is everywhere present and pervades all things; he is coming to achieve in you his work of universal salvation.

He is coming who came to call to repentance not the righteous but sinners, coming to recall those who have strayed into sin.

Do not be afraid, then: God is in the midst of you, and you shall not be shaken.

Receive him with open, outstretched hands, for it was on his own hands that he sketched you.

[…] Receive him, for he took upon himself all that belongs to us except sin, to consume what is ours in what is his.

Be glad, city of Zion, our mother, and fear not. Celebrate your feasts.

Glorify him for his mercy, who has come to us in you.

Rejoice exceedingly, daughter of Jerusalem, sing and leap for joy. Be enlightened…, as holy Isaiah trumpeted, for the light has come to you and the glory of the Lord has risen over you.

What kind of light is this? It is that which enlightens every man coming into the world.

It is the everlasting light, the timeless light revealed in time, the light manifested in the flesh although hidden by nature, the light that shone round the shepherds and guided the Magi.

It is the light that was in the world from the beginning, through which the world was made, yet the world did not know it.

It is that light which came to its own, and its own people did not receive it.

And what is this glory of the Lord?

Clearly it is the cross on which Christ was glorified, he, the radiance of the Father’s glory, even as he said when he faced his passion:

Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him, and will glorify him at once.

The glory of which he speaks here is his lifting up on the cross, for Christ’s glory is his cross and his exaltation upon it, as he plainly says:

When I have been lifted up, I will draw all men to myself.

Andrew of Crete (c.650-740[?]): Oratio 9 for Palm Sunday (PG 97, 1002) from the Office of Readings for Tuesday of Week 33 of Ordinary Time @ Crossroads Initiative.

John Chrysostom: “The Lord has Done Great Things for Us” Sunday, Jun 17 2012 

When the Lord returned the captives to Zion, we were like people who are comforted.

If it was a comfort for them to be released from a barbaric nation, how much more should we not be glad and leap for joy at being set free from sin, and preserve that joy always, never destroying or disturbing it by falling again into the same faults?

Then our mouths were filled with joy and our tongues with gladness. Then they will say among the nations: the Lord has done great things for them. The Lord has done great things for us.

To rejoice at deliverance from captivity helps not a little to inspire people with nobler sentiments. But who, you may ask, would not rejoice at this? The ancestors of these people did not.

When they were released from Egypt and set free from slavery, they were so un­grateful that in the midst of all their benefits they did nothing but grumble, and were angry and embittered and perpetually dis­traught.

But we are not like that, says the psalmist; we leap for joy.

Let us learn the reason for their joy. We do not only rejoice, they say, because of our deliverance from terrible suffering, but because it will make the whole world know God’s care for us.

For as the psalmist says: Then they will say among the nations: The Lord has done great things for them. The Lord has done great things for us.

There is no repetition here; the words are meant to describe their joy. The first saying is that of the nations, the second is their own.

Notice this too: they did not say ‘He saved us’, or ‘He delivered us’, but ‘He did great things for us’, for they wanted to show the incredible event in all its wonder.

Can you not see that this people gave a lesson to the whole world when they were carried off into captivity as well as when they returned? For their return preached its own message.

News of them went round everywhere and made God’s love for humankind known to everyone, because the wonderful things he had done for them were truly great and incredible.

Cyrus himself, who had them in his power, set them free without anyone asking him because God made him relent.

John Chrysostom (c.347-407): Homilies on Psalm 125,1; from the Monastic Office of Vigils, Sunday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time, Year 2.

Hilary of Poitiers: “You are the Temple of God, and the Spirit of God Dwells Within You” Wednesday, Aug 17 2011 

God chose Sion for his abode and his dwelling-place. But Sion came to be destroyed.

Where, then, is now the everlasting throne of the Lord, where his eternal resting-place, where the Temple in which he can reside?

You, says the Apostle, are the Temple of God and the Spirit of God dwells within you.

This is the house and this the Temple of God, filled with divine knowledge and virtue, made fit for God’s indwelling by holiness of heart; to which the prophet bore witness: Holy is your Temple, wonderful in justice.

It is the holiness, the justice, the purity of man that is a Temple for the Lord.

This Temple must be built by God. Raised by man’s en­deavour, it will never last; founded on worldly wisdom, it will never hold together; kept by our foolish exertions and care, it will never be preserved.

On no shifting sand is it to be founded, but set firm on the foundation of the prophets and the Apostles; with living stones must it take shape, held fast by the Corner-Stone.

With its materials securely joined together it must grow unto the perfect man, unto the stature of the body of Christ, and its adorning must lie in the beauty and splendour of spiritual gifts.

Israel is now in captivity, but when the full host of Gentiles is come then it will pursue the building of this house.

By the multifarious labours of the faithful it will grow into as many houses, will become a great and beautiful city.

For long now, has the Lord kept faithful watch over his city: guarding Abra­ham on his pilgrimage, preserving Isaac from immolation, re­warding Jacob for his years of service, giving power to Joseph. a slave in Egypt.

He strengthens Moses in his conflict with Pharaoh, makes Joshua a leader in battle, rescues David from every danger, confers on Solomon the gift of wisdom.

He is there among his prophets, taking up Elijah, choosing Elisha, feeding Daniel, bringing refreshment to the children in the fiery furnace.

Joseph he tells by an angel of his virgin birth, Mary he reassures, John he sends before him.

He chooses the Apostles and prays to his Father: Holy Father, keep them safe … while I was with them I kept them in thy name.

And after his passion he promises that he himself will have an everlasting care of us: Behold, I am with you always, even until the end of the world.

Such is the everlasting protection of this blessed and holy city which, made up of many come together in one, and found in each one of us, forms indeed the city of God.

Hilary of Poitiers (c.300-368): Treatise on Psalm 126, 7-9; from the Monastic Office of Vigils, Wednesday of the 20th Week in Ordinary Time Year 1.