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“I AM THE WHEAT OF CHRIST”- ST IGNATIUS

St Ignatius, Bishop and Martyr

Ignatius was the third Bishop of Antioch, the second successor of Peter in that see. In the time of Trajan, he was accused of being a Christian and condemned to be thrown to the beasts at Rome.

When he was being deported there in chains from Syria, he instructed all the cities of Asia at which he stopped with exhortations from the Gospel, even teaching the remote cities by his epistles.

In one of these cities, Smyrna, while being entertained at the home of St Polycarp, he wrote to the Romans, and among other things said this:

O beasts prepared to bring me salvation! When will they come? When will they be set loose? When will they enjoy my flesh? I hope they are ferocious, so that they have no fear of touching my body, as they sometimes have. Now I begin to be Christ’s disciple. Let fire, the cross, wild beasts, ripping apart of the limbs, pains of the entire body, and every torture of the devil’s refined art fall together upon me, so long as I merit gaining Jesus Christ.

Therefore, when taken to Rome, hearing the roaring lions, he burned with the desire for martyrdom and pronounced these words:

“I am the wheat of Christ: may I be ground by the teeth of beasts that I may become pure bread.” He suffered in the eleventh year of Trajan’s reign.

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns and Oates, London, 1964

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THE GOSPELS, WHICH CONTAIN THE MEMORIALS OF THE WONDERFUL GRACE, ARE OUR PRINCIPAL TREASURES

Our Lord and Saviour

“To know Christ is to discern the Father of all, as manifested through his only-begotten Son incarnate… And thus the Gospels, which contain the memorials of this wonderful grace, are our principal treasures. They may be called the text of the Revelation; and the Epistles, especially St Paul’s, are as comments upon it, unfolding and illustrating it in its various parts, raising history into doctrine, ordinances into sacraments, detached words or actions into principles, and thus everywhere dutifully preaching his person, work and will.”

– Bl. John Henry Newman; The very life of personal religion lies in a knowledge of the Gospels, P.S. II, 154-155

 
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Posted by on July 12, 2015 in Words of Wisdom

 

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING (EPHESIANS 1:15-23)

(Week 28 of the year: Saturday)

GOD HAS MADE CHRIST THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH, WHICH IS HIS BODY.

Wherefore I also, hearing of your faith that is in the Lord Jesus, and of your love towards all the saints,

Cease not to give thanks for you, making commemoration of you in my prayers,

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and of revelation, in the knowledge of him:

The eyes of your heart enlightened, that you may know what the hope is of his calling, and what are the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints.

And what is the exceeding greatness of his power towards us, who believe according to the operation of the might of his power,

Which he wrought in Christ, raising him up from the dead, and setting him on his right hand in the heavenly places.

Above all principality, and power, and virtue, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in the world to come.

And he hath subjected all things under his feet, and hath made him head over all the church,

Which is his body, and the fulness of him who is filled all in all.

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 
 

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING (EPHESIANS 1:11-14)

(Week 28 of the year: Friday)

WE PUT OUR HOPES IN CHRIST BEFORE HE CAME. YOU TOO HAVE BEEN STAMPED WITH THE SEAL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

[In the dispensation of the fulness of times, to re-establish all things in Christ, that are in heaven and on earth, in him.]

In whom we also are called by lot, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things according to the counsel of his will.

That we may be unto the praise of his glory, we who before hoped in Christ:

In whom you also, after you had heard the word of truth (the gospel of your salvation;) in whom also believing, you were signed with the holy Spirit of promise,

Who is the pledge of our inheritance, unto the redemption of acquisition, unto the praise of his glory.

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 
 

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING (EPHESIANS 1:1, 3-10)

(Week 28 of the year: Thursday)

BEFORE THE WORLD WAS MADE, HE CHOSE US IN CHRIST.

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the will of God, to all the saints who are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with spiritual blessings in heavenly places, in Christ:

As he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and unspotted in his sight in charity.

Who hath predestinated us unto the adoption of children through Jesus Christ unto himself: according to the purpose of his will:

Unto the praise of the glory of his grace, in which he hath graced us in his beloved son.

In whom we have redemption through his blood, the remission of sins, according to the riches of his grace,

Which hath superabounded in us in all wisdom and prudence,

That he might make known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure, which he hath purposed in him,

In the dispensation of the fulness of times, to re-establish all things in Christ, that are in heaven and on earth, in him.

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 
 

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING (GALATIANS 5:18-25)

(Week 28 of the year: Wednesday)

YOU CANNOT BELONG TO CHRIST UNLESS YOU CRUCIFY ALL SELF-INDULGENT PASSIONS AND DESIRES.

But if you are led by the spirit, you are not under the law.

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are fornication, uncleanness, immodesty, luxury,

Idolatry, witchcraft, enmities, contentions, emulations, wraths, quarrels, dissensions, sects,

Envies, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like. Of the which I foretell you, as I have foretold to you, that they who do such things shall not obtain the kingdom of God.

But the fruit of the Spirit is, charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, longanimity,

Mildness, faith, modesty, continency, chastity. Against such there is no law.

And they that are Christ’s, have crucified their flesh, with the vices and concupiscences.

If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 
 

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING (GALATIANS 5:1-6)

(Week 28 of the year: Tuesday)

WHETHER YOU ARE CIRCUMCISED OR NOT MAKES NO DIFFERENCE – WHAT MATTERS IS FAITH THAT MAKES ITS POWER FELT THROUGH LOVE.

…the freedom wherewith Christ has made us free.

Stand fast, and be not held again under the yoke of bondage.

Behold, I Paul tell you, that if you be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.

And I testify again to every man circumcising himself, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.

You are made void of Christ, you who are justified in the law: you are fallen from grace.

For we in spirit, by faith, wait for the hope of justice.

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision: but faith that worketh by charity.

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 
 

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