St Cyril of Alexandria

2 Kings 24:8-17; Psalm 78(79):1-5,8-9; Matthew 7:21-29

Cyril of Alexandria was the Patriarch of Alexandria from 412 to 444. He was enthroned when the city was at the height of its influence and power within the Roman Empire. Cyril wrote extensively and was a major player in the Christological controversies of the late-4th and 5th centuries. According to Cyril's theology, there were two states for the Son of God: the state that existed prior to the Son (or Word/Logos) becoming enfleshed in the person of Jesus and the state that actually became enfleshed. The Logos Incarnate suffered and died on the Cross, and therefore the Son was able to suffer without suffering. Cyril passionately argued for the continuity of a single subject, God the Word, from the pre-Incarnate state to the Incarnate state. The divine Logos was really present in the flesh and in the world—not merely bestowed upon, semantically affixed to, or morally associated with the man Jesus, as the adoptionists and, he believed, Nestorius had taught.

Todays Gospel is the very end of the Lord's sermon on the Mount. Our Lord ends with a threat and a promise - failing to act on what we proclaim as truth will lead to our downfall - everyone who listens AND acts will be safe - like a man who built their home on rock.


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