Friday, June 26, 2020

The Feast of St Cyril of Alexandria.

“Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed." (Matthew 8: 8).

Saturday 27th June 2020, 12th Week in Ordinary Time is the feast of St Cyril of Alexandria in Egypt. (376 - 444). Bishop and Doctor of the Church. Cyril played a crucial role in the Council of Ephesus in 431 AD to defend the oneness of the person in Jesus Christ, true God and true Man and the divine maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary as Theotokos (God bearer). As the Patriarch of Alexandria, he was a capable administrator and theologian.

The centurion said to Jesus in the Gospel of today: "Only say the word and my servant will be healed."
The centurion believed what he heard about Jesus and jumped to the conclusion that just as his word of authority is important in his army command, the word of God is infinitely more powerful.

Mary said to God at the Annunciation: "Be it done to me according to your word." Immediately the word became flesh. What happened when God said in Genesis "Let there be light?" There was light immediately. Or when Peter in the company of John said to the man born lame, "Stand up and walk?" It happened at once.

The Jews wondered: What is there in this man's word? The creative power of God is in His word. God created man in His image and likeness and gave him the power of life and death through his tongue.
In His ordinary Providence, God has ordained that prayer is the activator of power in man. The man who prays draws down divine power. The man who does not pray is insignificant.

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