17 Oct 2017
MEMORIAL OF IGNATIUS OF ANTIOCH, BISHOP, MARTYR
The same yesterday, today, and tomorrow

Ignatius, born in the first generation after Jesus, became bishop of Antioch in the year 69, shortly after the deaths of Peter and Paul. On the way to his own martyrdom in Rome, Ignatius wrote seven letters revealing much about the early church. They affirm that the humanity of Jesus was not simply an appearance; that the Eucharist is the “flesh of our Savior”; and that the bishop is the primary teacher of the faithful. Ignatius was also the first to describe the church as “catholic” as in universal. Appreciate the gift of consistency in teachings across the millennia.

Today's readings:

Romans 1:16-25; Luke 11:37-41 (468).

“But as to what is within, give alms, and behold, everything will be clean for you."