Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Ignatius: you are the stones

Tuesday, October 17, 2023
    Feast of Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, Martyr, c.107
    As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him—you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
    —1 Peter 2:4-5 (NIV)
    Like stones of God’s Temple, ready for a building of God the Father, you are being hoisted up by Jesus Christ, as with a crane (that’s the cross!), while the rope you use is the Holy Spirit. Your faith is what lifts you up, while love is the way you ascend to God.
    ... Ignatius of Antioch (ca. 35-98?), Letter to the Ephesians [ca. 108?], par. 9 (see the book)
    See also 1 Pet. 2:4-5; 1 Cor. 3:16; 6:19; 2 Cor. 6:16; Eph. 2:19-22; Heb. 3:6; Rev. 3:12
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your people worship You in Your Temple.
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