October 17, 2013

St. Ignatius of Antioch

October 17, 2013:   St. Ignatius of Antioch, bishop and martyr


    Wordle: Readings 10-17-13
  • Rom 3:21-30  God's justice is manifested.  All have sinned and are deprived of God's glory.  God will forgive sin, justify all by grace through faith, redemption in Christ.
  • Ps 130:1b-6ab  "With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption."  Lord, hear me!  I trust, wait for you.
  • Lk 11:47-54  “Woe to you who build the memorials of the prophets your fathers killed but consent in the killing.  Woe to you, law scholars who've taken away the key of knowledge.
Wordle: Readings 10-17-13 Ignatius
  • Phil 3:17-4:1  Imitate me; stand firm.  Christ the savior will change our body to conform with his.
  • Ps 34:2-9  "The Lord delivered me from all my fears."  Praise God always.  Taste and see Lord's goodness; take refuge.
  • Jn 12:24-26  If a wheat grain dies, it produces fruit; otherwise it's just a grain.  If you love life, lose it; to serve me, follow me; Father will honor you.

St. Ignatius of Antioch
Today's patristic reading is the famous excerpt from his letter to the Romans; look below "I am God's wheat and shall be ground by the teeth of wild animals." Here's the whole letter some context, and more, also from Universalis.

  • Pope Francis World Food Day message to UN:  1/3 of food is wasted; people are sacrificed to profit and consumerism.  We get used to others' suffering, indifferent towards hunger.  Modify "throw-away" life style; make human dignity center stage.
  • RC.net:  doublemindedness, blindness, and the "key of knowledge"

    Music (thanks to Nancy Shirley for the ★'d ones):


    • Crucifix:  redemption in Christ Jesus, savior, whom God set forth as an expiation, by his blood (weekday 1st reading, feast 1st reading)
    • Wheat pin:  "unless a grain of wheat dies..." (feast gospel); St. Ignatius, wheat of Christ (feast)
    • Lion pin:  St. Ignatius ground by beasts (feast)
    • Clock tie bar:  I wait for you, Lord (weekday psalm)
    • Key tie pin:  key of knowledge (weekday gospel)
    • Red shirt and suspenders:  martyrdom (feast)
    • "Children holding hands around the world" tie:  solidarity vs. globalized indifference (Pope's UN message)

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