Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The Catechist, Father and Doctor of the Church - St Cyril of Jerusalem.


"But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5: 19).

Wednesday 18th March, 2020 of the 3rd week of Lent is the feast of a great Church Father and Doctor of the Church. His name is St Cyril of Jerusalem (315 - 386). Cyril was Bishop of Jerusalem at a time when the Arian Heresy was wrecking havoc on the Church. A havoc far worse than the Corona Virus could ever do. The Corona Virus is yet to threaten outright the existence of the Church. Arian heresy with its pernicious virulent doctrine denied that Jesus is true God and true man. They sought to enforce their view through imperial decree, the power of Rome. Cyril was exiled three times.
Why is St Cyril of Jerusalem famous in history?

#1 As Bishop of Jerusalem, he made Jerusalem a center of pilgrimage for Christians.
#2 Through Cyril, God led the Church into deeper understanding of the mysteries of salvation.
#3 One can assert that Cyril was the first theologian who was a Catechist. He took personally and seriously the preparation of Catechumens that enter the Church on Easter Vigil.

"But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5: 19). Our key Scripture for today appears to have St Cyril of Jerusalem in mind. Every Christian who obeys the commandments of God is able to share the same by word and example. 

St Cyril of Jerusalem pray for us.

Daily Bible Verse @ SeekFirstcommunity.com

No comments:

Post a Comment