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Friday, June 27, 2008
Feast of St. Cyril of Alexandria
St. Cyril of Alexandria defended against the heresy that threatened to divide the Church; he presided at the Council of Ephesus in 431. Now, thanks to Cyril, it is correct to say that Mary was not only the mother of Jesus, but also the mother of God as Jesus was both human and divine. Nestorius was condemned and this did lead to a schism that engaged Cyril until his death in 444. In 1882, he was declared a Doctor of the Church.
The Gospel today has the wonderful scene where the leper approaches Jesus and tells him in great faith and trust that Jesus can cure him, if he wants to. Jesus reaches out and touches the leper and assures them that he does want to cure him and says, "Be made clean." We can go to Jesus as the leper did and be healed.
Jesus waits to touch us. Let us go to be made whole.