October 17, 2022

Ignatius of Antioch

October 17, 2022:  St. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr

In memory of Maria Trinidad Hernandez

See two dozen connections with today?
Legend below


For St. Ignatius of Antioch
For gospel

For Psalm 100


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  • Eph 2:1-10  You were dead in your sins, following the wishes of the flesh like we did.  But God brought us to life with Christ and seated us in heaven to show his grace and kindness.  You've been saved through faith, not works; it's God's gift.  We're created in Christ for good works.
  • Ps 100:1b-5  "The Lord made us, we belong to him."  Sing to and serve the Lord God who made us.  He is good, kind, and faithful.
  • Lk 12:13-21 "Guard against greed; life isn't possessions.  Rich man without space to store harvest / God:  'I'll build larger barns to store my goods, then say, “You're set!"' / ‘Fool, tonight your life will be demanded of you.  Whose will your stuff be then?’  If you store treasure for yourself but aren't rich in what matters to God, it'll be like that for you."
  • Phil 3:17-4:1  Imitate me; stand firm.  We're citizens of heaven; Christ will change our body to conform with his.
  • Ps 34:2-9  "The Lord delivered me from all my fears."  Praise God always.  Look to him; be radiant.  He saved me, saves all who fear him.  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.
  • Creighton:  Grace is puzzling:  in a world that rewards merit, grace is gift.  God , rich in mercy, brought us to life with Christ.  We belong to him.  He so desires to be with us, made in his image, that he pours out grace.  May God's grace affect our relationships as we treat each other irrespective of merit. 
  • "Rich fool" parable
    One Bread, One Body"Live in your dignity":  Though we're created to know, love, and serve God, we tend to live at the level of the flesh, below our human dignity, denying that we're made in God's image, that God has exalted human dignity by becoming human, that God lives in us and we in him, that we've been bought at the price of Jesus' blood, and that we're destined to see and live with God forever.  May we, remembering we're saved, holy, royal, priestly, and precious, not compromise but rather live in the dignity of God's children.
  • Passionist The greedy are never satisfied and are isolated from others, blind to their suffering.  Their perception is warped, especially about what gives life. They ransack their own soul, then die without enjoying their fortune.
  • DailyScripture.net:  "Storing up true riches":  Jesus saw that the inheritance dispute was greed, not fairness.  "Don't worship idols" and "Don't covet" are the flip side of "Love God" and "Love your neighbor."  Jesus warned the man who wanted half of his brother's inheritance to "beware of covetousness."  Coveting is wishing to get wrongfully what another possesses.  "Greed wants to divide; love wants to gather.  "Guard against greed" means 'fill yourselves with love....'  He said, 'Master, tell my brother to divide the inheritance'; we say, 'Master, tell my brother he may have my inheritance.'" (Augustine, Sermons 265.9)Jesus reinforces his point with a parable about a foolish rich man.  Jesus faults him for his egoism and selfishness; the parable is similar to that of the rich man and Lazarus.  The fool, consumed with possessions, had no concern for others.  In giving we receive.  What do I treasure?
    Universalis:  2nd bishop of Antioch after St. Peter; wrote letters about Christ, Church structure, and Christian life.  Arrested, sentenced to death, thrown to wild beasts in the arena; described soldiers escorting him as like “ten leopards, who when they are kindly treated only behave worse.”  See also New Advent.
    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 context.
    Dress legend
    • 'Ruler' tie bar:  "You once followed the 'ruler' of the power of the air." (1st reading)
    • Flesh-colored suspenders:  We lived in the desires of our flesh, following the wishes of the flesh (1st reading)
    • 'Boundless mercy' pin:  God, rich in mercy, brought us to life with Christ (1st reading)
    • 'Musical notes with "joy,"' 'car with mouth' pins:  Sing joyfully to the Lord (psalm); the Lord's praise shall be ever in my mouth; be radiant with joy (psalm memorial); You are my joy... (1st reading memorial)
      • 'Sheep' tie bar:  "We're God's people, the flock he tends" (psalm)
      • 'Money bag' tie pin:  Guard against greed (gospel)
      • '?' tie pin:  "What shall I do, for I don't have space?"  "To whom will your things belong when you die?"(gospel)
      • 'Silverware' tie bar:  "Eat, drink, and be merry" (gospel)
      • 'Cross' pin:  Many conduct themselves as enemies of the cross of Christ (1st reading memorial)
      • 'Blood drop' pin:  God set Christ forth as an expiation by his blood (1st reading memorial); martyrdom of Ignatius of Antioch
      • 'Crown' tie bar:  My crown (1st reading memorial)
        • 'Eyeball' pin:  Observe those who thus conduct themselves like us (1st reading memorial); the Lord watches over the way of the just (psalm); see the Lord's goodness (psalm memorial)
        • 'Fruit' pin:  A wheat grain that dies produces much fruit (gospel memorial)
        • 'Angel' pin:  The angel of the Lord encamps around and delivers those who fear the Lord (psalm memorial)
        • 'Wheat' tie bar:  "I'll build larger barns to store my grain..." (gospel); a wheat grain that falls and dies produces much fruit (gospel memorial); St. Ignatius, wheat of Christ... (patristic reading)
          • 'Beasts' tie:  ...ground by wild beasts (patristic reading)
          • Red shirt:  Martyrdom of Ignatius of Antioch

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