Advent III – Matt 11:9-11

9 But what went you out to see? a prophet? yea I tell you, and more than a prophet.

Gregory: The office of a prophet is to foretell things to come, not to shew them present. John therefore is more than a prophet, because Him whom he had foretold by going before Him, the same he shewed as present by pointing Him out.

10 For this is he of whom it is written: Behold I send my angel before thy face, who shall prepare thy way before thee.

Gregory: The Greek word Angel, is in Latin Nuntius, a messenger. He therefore who came to bear a heavenly message is rightly called an Angel, that he may preserve in his title the dignity which he performs in his office.

11 Amen I say to you, there hath not risen among them that are born of women a greater than John the Baptist: yet he that is the lesser in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

Rabanus: He says women, not virgins.

Jerome: Every saint who is already with the Lord is greater than he who yet stands in the battle; for it is one thing to have gained the crown of victory, another to be yet fighting in the field.

Scripture from the Douay-Rheims Bible. Commentary from St. Thomas Aquinas, Catena Aurea, Vol. I (London: Rivington, 1842).

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