Voices ever ancient, ever new. Saturday-Week26-2013.

“The seventy-two returned rejoicing, and said, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name.” (Luke 10:17)

In commenting on this verse from the Gospel according to Saint Luke from today’s Mass Readings, Cyril of Alexandria writes:

“To rejoice only in the fact that they were able to work miracles and crush the herds of demons was possibly likely to produce in them the desire of arrogance. The neighbor and relative of this passion constantly is pride. Most usefully the Savior of all rebukes the first boasting and quickly cuts away the root that sprang up in them—the shameful love of glory. He was imitating good farmers who, when they see a thorn springing up in their parks or gardens, immediately tear it up with the blade of the pickax before it strikes its root deep. (Commentary on Luke, Homily 64)”

Glory to You Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning is now
and will be forever. Amen!