The Gospel of the day (Mark 3, 6-12)

Jesus speaks to the crowds

Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus.

Crowds Follow Jesus

Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the lake, and a large crowd from Galilee followed. When they heard about all he was doing, many people came to him from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, and the regions across the Jordan and around Tyre and Sidon. Because of the crowd he told his disciples to have a small boat ready for him, to keep the people from crowding him. 10 For he had healed many, so that those with diseases were pushing forward to touch him. 11 Whenever the impure spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” 12 But he gave them strict orders not to tell others about him.

God the Word

Saint Gregory of Nyssa, The great catechetical word or about the religious education, cap. 1, in Church Fathers and Writers (1998), vol. 30, p. 288

Since our nature is perishable and weak, of course human life is ephemeral, the power inconsistent and the word without vigor. On the contrary, when we speak about the nature of divinity then the attributes we assign to it will have to be according to the measure of that one we think of. That is why, even if we speak about a Word of God, we mustn`t think that He has His being only in the act of speech or intonation and after expressing a word, like the man, He would end up living; in the same way our ephemeral nature has an ephemeral word, the imperishable nature that never changes has an eternal forever stable Word.

in Church Fathers and Writers (1998), vol. 30, p. 286

`He is the Word of God Who wills for He has life, He does as He wills and He wills only what it is good and wise, as everything He does is perfect.`

Saint Cyril of Alexandria, Comment at the Gospel of Saint John the Apostle, The 11th book, Cap. 2, Church Fathers and Writers (2000), vol. 41, p. 993

„(…) Not being anything which cuts out, separates or estranges the Son from the Father, by any means, the Father is equal with His Son, only He is the Father, the being shining in both of them in the same way.

For this reason how would not be all common, in other words the same in both so that in the Son are found those which belong to the Father and in the Giver of birth those of the Born one?

That is why I consider that based on a perfect understanding He said the words about them. Didn`t He say that everything the Father has He has in order not to be understood that He would have the same characteristics with the model on the outside like us who were made after the image of God, but He says: `They are Mine.` showing the perfect union He has with the Giver of Birth and the same Being shown in the unchanged attributes found in both. This you can also see very clearly in other words told to the Father: « All I have is yours, and all you have is mine.


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