Gospel of the day

Saturday October 01, 2016

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 10:17-24.

The seventy-two disciples returned rejoicing and said to Jesus, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name." Jesus said, "I have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky. Behold, I have given you the power 'to tread upon serpents' and scorpions and upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven." At that very moment he rejoiced (in) the holy Spirit and said, "I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him." Turning to the disciples in private he said, "Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it."

Reflection

Commentary Saint Cyril of Alexandria
Let us consider the words Jesus addressed on our behalf to his Father, speaking of us: “You have hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to children. Yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.” And indeed, God the Father has revealed to us the mystery hidden in the silence of God from the creation of the world, the mystery of the only Son made man, the mystery known before the foundation of the world and revealed to us in the last days (Rm 16:25; Col 1:26). For Saint Paul writes: “To me, the very least of all the holy ones, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the inscrutable riches of God and to bring to light what is the plan of the mystery hidden from ages past in God who created all things” (Eph 3:8-9). So this great mystery of our Savior, this mystery worthy of our worship, was hidden in the Father’s mind even before the creation of the world. And we are also foreknown and predestined to be adopted as sons. Saint Paul teaches us about it again when he writes: “Blessed be God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in heaven with every spiritual benediction in Christ. He chose us in him before the creation of the world that we might be holy and blameless before him. In his love he destined us beforehand for adoptive sonship in himself, through Jesus Christ” (see Eph 1:3-5). Thus the Father has revealed to us – to us little ones – the silent, hidden mystery of all ages… “Knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of God has been given to you” (Lk 8:10), says Jesus: to you who have believed, who have known the revelation of Christ, who grasp the Law in its spiritual sense, who are capable of understanding prophecy, who confess Christ as God and Son of God, you to whom it has pleased the Father to reveal his Son.