Voices ever ancient, ever new. Monday-Week32-2013. Saint Martin of Tours. Veterans' Day (USA).

“And if he wrongs you seven times in one day and returns to you seven times saying, ‘I am sorry,’ you should forgive him.” (Luke 17:4)

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

“He says, “If he who sins against you repents and acknowledges his fault, you shall forgive him not only once, but very many times.” We … must rather imitate those whose business it is to heal our bodily diseases and who do not care for a sick person once only or twice, but just as often as he happens to become ill. Let us remember that we also are liable to infirmities and overpowered by our passions. This being the case, we pray that those who have the duty to rebuke us and who have the authority to punish us may show themselves forgiving and kind to us. It is our duty, having a common feeling for our mutual infirmities, to bear one another’s burdens, so we will fulfill the law of Christ. Observe also that in the Gospel according to Matthew, Peter makes the inquiry, “How often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him?” The Lord then tells the apostles, “Although he sins seven times in the day,” that is, frequently, “and will acknowledge his fault, you shall forgive him.” (Commentary on Luke, Homilies 113-116)

O God,
Who are glorified in the Bishop Saint Martin
both by his life and death, make new,
we pray, the wonders of your grace
in our hearts, that neither death nor life
may separate us from your love.
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. Amen.

Click here for some biographical data on Saint Martin of Tours as well as today’s Second Reading from the Liturgy of the Hours: Office of Readings.

Veterans’ Day is observed today in the United States of America. Click here for further information and prayer resources.

Continue praying for all who are suffering the results of Super Typhoon Haiyan. On this feast of ‘Martin the Charitable,’ consider offering a gift to help with relief services.

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