13 Apr 2021
MEMORIAL OF MARTIN I, POPE, MARTYR
The dilemma of indifference

The Eastern Church began exploring monotheletism, the notion that Jesus had only a divine will, despite being both human and divine, in the 600s. Pope Martin I issued a reprimand, opposing this heresy. This angered the Eastern emperor, who had the sickly Martin dragged to Constantinople for trial. The pontiff was beaten, starved, and exiled, leading to his death. But Martin also blamed a Western Church that never came to his rescue. “I am surprised at the indifference,” he wrote, of “those who belong to the church of Saint Peter.” Ask for Martin’s intercession today, for all who suffer indifference.

Today's readings:

Acts 4:32-37; John 3:7b-15 (268).

The community of believers was of one heart and mind.”


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