Divine Office | Christ gave his own body for the life of all men

In today's Office of Readings we encounter a reading from a commentary on the gospel of John by St. Cyril of Alexandria (370-444 A.D.). Cyril entered a monastery, became a priest and in 412 succeeded his uncle as Bishop of Alexandria. Alexandria was the largest city in the ancient world. Rather like Los Angeles, it was a sprawling mixture of races and creeds; and it was a byword for the violence of its sectarian politics, whether of Greeks against Jews or of orthodox Christians against heretics. Cyril fought strongly against the teachings of Nestorius and took the lead at the Council of Ephesus, plunging into the turbulent politics of the time and defending the Catholic faith through to its ultimate victory. Cyril wrote many works to explain and defend the Catholic faith. He died in 444. For a reflection, "Christ gave his own body for the life of all men," please click on the image. Peace be with you!