Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Today, in Mercy, Paul makes clear that Jesus came to redeem ALL people.
For there is no distinction;
all have sinned and are deprived of the glory of God.
They are justified freely by his grace
through the redemption in Christ Jesus…
This is the magnificent message of the Good News, the Gospel, to which Paul dedicated his apostolic life.
We celebrate another champion of the Gospel today in St. Ignatius of Antioch, (not to be confused with the 16th century founder of the Jesuits, Ignatius of Loyola.)
St. Ignatius of Antioch lived just a short time after Paul, dying in 107 BC. Like Paul, Ignatius was martyred in Rome. He too wrote many letters to his Church, although these are not included in the Bible.
Christianity is not a matter
of persuading people of particular ideas,
but of inviting them to share in the greatness of Christ.
So pray that I may never fall into the trap
of impressing people with clever speech,
but instead I may learn to speak with humility,
desiring only to impress people with Christ himself.
Ignatius lived a life of humble, faithful witness. He took to heart the cautions Jesus offers in today’s Gospel to those who teach and preach about faith:
Woe to you, scholars of the law!
You have taken away the key of knowledge.
You yourselves did not enter and you stopped those trying to enter.
We are all called to preach the Gospel by the witness of our lives. May we have humility, courage and insight like that of Ignatius, so that we make it easier, not harder, for people to come to God.
Music: Amazing Grace – Sean Clive