God bless you. Today we celebrate the 4th Sunday of Ordinary Time, and we remember St Bishop Aedan Ferns, The Mass and the Liturgy of Hours focus on the virtue of Love.
The Gospel for Vigil is from St Luke 24: 13-55, They Recognised Him at the Breaking of Bread. the story of the disciples walk with Jesus to Emmaus. The Gospel at Mass is from St Luke 4: 21-30, No Prophet is Ever Accepted in His Own Country. After Jesus read in the synagogue in Nazareth he spoke. This text is being fulfilled today even as you listen. the people were amazed. Jesus reminded the people that no prophet is ever accepted in his own country. Reminding the people Elijah was sent to Zarephath a Sidonian, and Elisha cured leprosy for the Syrian Naaman. This enranged the people that looked to kill Jesus that escaped.
The spiritual reading in Vigil and Laud is from St Ignatius of Antioch's letter to the Church of Smyrna, Christ Has Called Us To His Kingdom and Glory. St Ignatius wishes the Church at Smyrna in Asia all joy in an immaculate spirit and the Word of God, mercy you have son every gift and lack none, filled as you are with faith and love, beloved of God and fruitful in sanctity. You are like men who have been nailed body and soul to the cross of Jesus Christ, confirmed in love by His blood. By Christ's resurrection, He raised up a standard over His saints and faithful ones for all time in the one body of His Church. For He endured all this for us; for our salvation; and He really suffered, and just as truly rose from the dead. St Ignatius is convinced that Jesus was united with his body after the resurrection. Jesus told St Peter and the ten Take hold of me, touch me and see that I am not a spirit without a body, and they did. Jesus also ate and drank with them like a real human being, even though in spirit He was untied with His Father.
It is love that allows the disciples to recognized Jesus in Emmaus. Love also was in the amazement of the people of Nazareth and the Apostles
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