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Lectio quarta

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The gift that is introduced in the petition Thy Kingdom Come is the gift of understanding. Wherefore on Matthew's text Thy Kingdom Come the Gloss states: "the spirit of understanding is sought, by which the heart is cleansed so that God might be seen". This gift does three things in us moving us towards the three-fold kingdom of God: it teaches us to believe rightly; it illuminates us to healthy understanding; and it purges us to right intent. By believing rightly we come to the kingdom of the Church; by having healthy understanding we come to the kingdom of grace; and by having pure intent we come to the kingdom of glory. A pure heart makes for understanding just as purity and clarity of the pupils makes for the vision of the eyes, as the Gloss says to Matthew.

Keywords: Gloss; God; Matthew's text; Thy Kingdom Come

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