Saint Cyril of Alexandria

“When Jesus saw a crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side.” (Matthew 8:18.)

Saint Cyril of Alexandria comments on this verse from the First Reading proclaimed at Mass today:

“But it is only to the disciples that Jesus “gave orders to cross over to the other side,” lest, from the crowds pressing about him, his disciples should be prevented from hearing those very teachings that were most appropriate for them. To the disciples he revealed God’s future mysteries more deeply than in the things that were spoken to the crowds only “in parables.” Only the disciples had left behind all present goods and followed him through love of learning. He commands them to cross over from temporary things to eternal things, from the earthly to the heavenly, from the carnal to the spiritual.” (Fragment 97)

O God, Who made
the Bishop Saint Cyril of Alexandria
an invincible champion
of the divine motherhood
of the most Blessed Virgin Mary,
grant, we pray, that we,
who believe she is truly the Mother of God,
may be saved through the
Incarnation of Christ your Son
Who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

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