Sermon 67.…. On the words of the gospel, “I thank thee, O Father, Lord of Heaven and Earth, that thou didst hide these things from the wise and understanding,” etc. (Mt 11:25)
When the Holy Gospel was being read, we heard that the Lord Jesus exulted in Spirit, and said, “I confess to Thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for that Thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.”(Mt11:25) Thus much to begin (2- Interim) with, we find before we pass on further, if we consider the words of the Lord with due attention, with diligence, and above all with piety, that we ought not invariably to understand when we read of “confession” in the Scriptures, the confession (3- Vocem) of a sinner. Now especial need there was of saying this, and of reminding you, Beloved, of this, because as soon as this word was uttered by the reader’s voice, there followed upon it the sound of the beating of your breasts, when ye had heard, I mean, what the Lord said, “I confess to Thee, O Father.” At the uttering of these words, “I confess,” ye beat your breasts. Now what means this beating of the breast, but to show that which lies hid within the breast, and to chastise by the visible beating the secret sin? And why did ye this, but because ye heard, “I confess to Thee, O Father.” Ye heard the words “I confess,” but ye did not consider, who it is that confesses. But consider now. If Christ, from whom all sin is far removed, said, “I confess:” confession does not belong to the sinner only, but sometimes to him also that praise God. We confess then, whether in praising God, or accusing ourselves. In either case it is a godly confession, either when thou blame thyself, who art not without sin, or when thou praise Him who can have no sin.
1 (Mt 11,25 ) “At that time Jesus answered and said: I confess to thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them to the little ones.”
Daily Indulgence: An indulgence partial (500 days), 3 years if recited in july. A plenary indulgence on the usual conditions for the daily recitation of this act of oblation for an entire month. (Pius VII, Sep 22,1817; S.P. Ap., Mar 10,1933 and Apr 3, 1941).