Greetings on this the Memorial of Saints Cornelius, Pope, and Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs
Readings: 1 COR 15:12-20; PS 17:1BCD, 6-7, 8B AND 15; LK 8:1-3
Notes: In addition to the Twelve, many accompanied Jesus on his journey from one town and village to another. These same women will accompany Jesus to Jerusalem, are present at his death and resurrection. Both Mary Magdalene and Joanna are specifically mentioned in scared scripture.
Our memorial today concerns two Church leaders who differed in their understanding of how to readmit believers who relapsed but converged wonderfully in unity:
Cyprian, using judgment of the Church argument style, wrote:
(a warning) it will be attributed to us in the day of judgment, that we have not cared for the wounded sheep, and that on account of a single wounded one we have lost many sound ones. And whereas the Lord left the ninety and nine that were whole, and sought after the one wandering and weary, and Himself carried it, when found, upon His shoulders, we not only do not seek the lapsed, but even drive them away when they come to us; and while false prophets are not ceasing to lay waste and tear Christ’s flock, we give an opportunity to dogs and wolves, so that those whom a hateful persecution has not destroyed, we ruin by our hardness and inhumanity.
Even still Mary Magdalene and Joanna teach us above all things, we should say to the Lord:
We are content in your presence, O Lord.
But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
Lord, when your glory appears, my joy will be full.
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth; you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom.
Jesus journeyed from one town and village to another, preaching and proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of God. Accompanying him were the Twelve and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, Susanna, and many others who provided for them out of their resources.
Peace be with you,