Saint Ephrem the Syrian
“Woe to you, scholars of the law! You have taken away the key of knowledge. You yourselves did not enter and you stopped those trying to enter (Luke 11:52).”

Saint Ephrem the Syrian offers the following insight on these verses from today’s Gospel:

“Woe to you, lawyers, because you have hidden the keys! That is, because they had hidden the knowledge of our Lord’s manifestation which was in the prophecies. If our Lord is the door, as he has said, it is clear that the keys of knowledge belong to him. The scribes and Pharisees did not want to enter through this door of life, in keeping with what he had said, “See, the kingdom is among you.” [He was referring to] himself, for he was standing in their midst. (Commentary on Tatian’s Diatessaron, 18).”

Today is the memorial of Saint Ignatius of Antioch. In March 2011, Pope Benedict XVI devoted his weekly audience to a reflection on the life and insights of this Apostolic Father of the Church. An excerpt from of Saint Ignatius’ work is provided here. This is also the Second Reading in today’s Liturgy of the Hours, Office of Readings.

Almighty ever-living God,
Who adorn the sacred body
of your Church with the confessions of
holy Martyrs, grant, we pray,
that, just as the glorious passion of
Saint Ignatius of Antioch, which we celebrate today,
brought him eternal splendor, so it may be for us
unending protection.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God, for ever and ever.

“Come together in common, one and all without exception
in charity, in one faith and in one Jesus Christ,
who is of the race of David according to the flesh,
the son of man, and the Son of God,
so that with undivided mind
you may obey the bishop and the priests,
and break one Bread which is
the medicine of immortality and
the antidote against death,
enabling us to live forever in Jesus Christ.”

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