Week 9: Thursday

“This saying is trustworthy: If we have died with him we shall also live with him ...” (2 Timothy 2:11.)

Origen of Alexandria (part 2 of Pope Benedict’s reflections on Origen) comments on this verse from the First Reading proclaimed at Mass today:

The Savior, too, first granted you this very thing — that you should fall. You were a Gentile. Let the Gentile in you fall. You loved prostitutes. Let the lover of prostitutes in you perish first. You were a sinner. Let the sinner in you fall. Then you can rise again and say, “If we have died with him, we shall also live with him,” and, “If we have been made like him in death, we shall also be like him in resurrection.” (Homilies on Luke, 17.)

O God, Whose providence never fails in its design, keep from us, we humbly beseech You, all that might harm us and grant all that works for our good.
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.

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