Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Sententiae Patristicae: Easter Sunday, Year A

The Fathers of the Church on the Readings of the Lectionary

First Reading Acts 10:34a, 37–43
Second Reading Colossians 3:1–4 or 1 Corinthians 5:6b–8
Gospel John 20:1–9 or Matthew 28:1–10 or Luke 24:13–35

For first and second readings and the Gospel from Luke, see Easter Sunday, Year C.

St. John Chrysostom--we too can embrace resurrected Christ:
‎‎Perchance some one of you would wish to be like them, to hold the feet of Jesus; ye can even now, and not His feet and His hands only, but even lay hold on that sacred head, receiving the awful mysteries with a pure conscience. But not here only, but also in that day ye shall see Him, coming with that unspeakable glory, and the multitude of the angels, if ye are disposed to be humane; and ye shall hear not these words only, “All hail!” but also those others, “Come ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you before the foundation of the world.” (Mt 25:34) (Chrysostom, Hom. Mt. 89.3, NPNF1, vol. 10, pg. 257)

St. Cyril of Jerusalem--the angels are not ashamed to confess the Cross of Christ:
‎Let none be weary; take thine armour against the adversaries in the cause of the Cross itself; set up the faith of the Cross as a trophy against the gainsayers. For when thou art going to dispute with unbelievers concerning the Cross of Christ, first make with thy hand the sign of Christ’s Cross, and the gainsayer will be silenced. Be not ashamed to confess the Cross; for Angels glory in it, saying, We know whom ye seek, Jesus the Crucified. (Mt 28:5) Mightest thou not say, O Angel, “I know whom ye seek, my Master?” But, “I,” he says with boldness, “I know the Crucified.” For the Cross is a Crown, not a dishonour. (Cyril of Jerusalem, Cat. Lect. 13.22, NPNF2, vol. 7, pg. 88)

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