MEMORIAL OF CYRIL OF ALEXANDRIA, BISHOP, DOCTOR OF THE CHURCHCan you bear to see the divine?
Cyril of Alexandria (c. 375-444) was a divisive and headstrong leader for much of his life and no great role model for saintly living. He did, however, make one lasting contribution to the teachings of the church. Another bishop, Nestorius, had argued that it was impossible that God could ever become fully human in the weak and vulnerable form of an infant. He argued that Christ’s divinity must have come later. Cyril defended Christ’s dual nature from the beginning—fully human and fully divine—and defended Mary’s title as Theotokos, “the bearer of God.” The next opportunity you have to gaze upon the face of an infant, see if you can catch a glimpse of the divine. Ask God to give you a touch of the innocence and trust you see reflected in that infant’s gaze.Today's readings:
Genesis 13:2, 5-18; Matthew 7:6, 12-14 (372).
“A scribe approached and said, ‘Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.’ ”
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