Thursday 17 October 2019
St Ignatius Of Antioch
Romans 3:21-30. Psalm 129(130):1-6. Luke 11:47-54.
With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption – Psalm 129(130):1-6
‘The Wisdom of God said, “I will send them prophets and apostles”’
Today is the feast of St Ignatius of Antioch, a first century bishop and martyr. Ignatius was a key witness to the basic elements of the faith, especially the centrality of the Eucharist and the role of the local bishop as a source of unity and leadership. His steadfast proclamation of the Gospel led to his martyrdom.
In the gospel, Jesus reminds us that the persecution of prophets and apostles is a reality when people are closed to the Good News. While Jesus addresses the hypocrisy of the leaders and lawyers, his words remind us that we can all drift into such hypocrisy and be deaf to the prophets in our midst.
Lord Jesus, you are the way to life. You are the source of all consolation. Be for us a companion for our days. Send forth your Holy Spirit to anoint all those who call upon your name today.