Jun 27 – Memorial for St. Cyril of Alexandria, bishop and Doctor of the Church
Cyril (376–444) was the nephew of Theophilus the Patriarch. He was a monk and a priest who became Bishop of Alexandria, Egypt in 412, and later the Patriarch of Alexandria. He suppressed the Novatians. He worked at the Council of Ephesus. He fought against Nestorius who taught the heresy that there were two persons in Christ.
He was a catechetical writer, and wrote a book opposing Julian the Apostate. He is a Greek Father of the Church, and is a Doctor of the Church.
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2 Kings 22:8-13,23:1-3
The high priest Hilkiah said to Shaphan the secretary, ‘I have found the Book of the Law in the Temple of the Lord.’’’ And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, who read it. Shaphan the secretary went to the king and reported to him as follows, ‘Your servants’ he said ‘have melted down the silver which was in the Temple and have handed it over to the masters of works attached to the Temple of the Lord.’ Then Shaphan the secretary informed the king, ‘Hilkiah the priest has given me a book’; and Shaphan read it aloud in the king’s presence.
On hearing the contents of the Book of the Law, the king tore his garments, and gave the following order to Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam son of Shaphan, Achbor son of Micaiah, Shaphan the secretary and Asaiah the king’s minister: ‘Go and consult the Lord, on behalf of me and the people, about the contents of this book that has been found. Great indeed must be the anger of the Lord blazing out against us because our ancestors did not obey what this book says by practising everything written in it.’
The king then had all the elders of Judah and of Jerusalem summoned to him, and the king went up to the Temple of the Lord with all the men of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, priests, prophets and all the people, of high or low degree. In their hearing he read out everything that was said in the book of the covenant found in the Temple of the Lord. The king stood beside the pillar, and in the presence of the Lord he made a covenant to follow the Lord and keep his commandments and decrees and laws with all his heart and soul, in order to enforce the terms of the covenant as written in that book. All the people gave their allegiance to the covenant.
Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Beware of false prophets who come to you disguised as sheep but underneath are ravenous wolves. You will be able to tell them by their fruits. Can people pick grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles? In the same way, a sound tree produces good fruit but a rotten tree bad fruit. A sound tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor a rotten tree bear good fruit. Any tree that does not produce good fruit is cut down and thrown on the fire. I repeat, you will be able to tell them by their fruits.’
“Go and consult the Lord…”
Being a parent, I have watched my kids grow from babies to the teenagers they are today.
I have been accused by my children of being a nag and candidly, I find it difficult to stop. Many times, my mind can almost see things happening before they actually do and my speaking out is my (normally futile) attempt to avoid these outcomes. Very often, I find that these warnings go unheeded! Over time, I have learned to keep quiet and allow the situations to play themselves out and allow my children to make the wrong choices.
Yet, there are other situations when children are tuned in. I remember occasions when they come to us and apologise for making wrong choices. When that happens, I am extremely happy. What makes me even more glad is when they are able to share why and where they did wrong, and what better choices they can make in the future.
We read in today’s first reading about how the king was told the contents of The Book of the Law, and had torn his garments in horror. He immediately reached out to the priest, asking him to pray to the Lord. The king gathered his people to recommit themselves to the Lord. What an amazing spirit!
With our fallen nature, we WILL fail and fail consistently. What is important, however, is that we remain teachable and constantly return to our God.
Let us learn from the king.
(Today’s Oxygen by Paul Wee)
Prayer: We pray that for a teachable spirit O God. Help us to be always able to return to You and to hear Your voice.
Thanksgiving: We praise and thank You for always being ready to teach us Father. For being there for us when we realise our sins and return to You. Thank You for loving us!