Saturday 30 July 2022
St Peter Chrysologus
Jeremiah 26:11-16, 24. Lord, in your great love, answer me – Psalm 68(69):15-16, 30-31, 33-34. Matthew 14:1-12.
Choose the light
St Peter Chrysologus, whom we remember today, lived in the fifth century. He was known for a beautiful turn of phrase which gave life to his homilies. For example, he said of the magi who visited Jesus in Bethlehem that ‘they see enclosed in a tiny body the One whom the entire world cannot contain’. He also urged his listeners to think kindly of themselves because that is what God does. He asked ‘why do you think so little of yourself when God thinks so highly of you?’ He expected Christians to love their natural environment: ‘all visible creation is your home. . . . for you the earth bears flowers and trees and fruits; for you the air and the earth and water are filled with marvellous life — all so that earthly life may not be sad and make you blind to the joy of eternity.’ He reminds us to choose the light.