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Ignatius of Antioch Quote: “As for me, my charter is Jesus Christ, the  inviolable charter is His cross and His death and resurrection, and faith  thr...” (7 wallpapers) - Quotefancy

“Glorious is God with His saints and angels: Oh, come let us worship Him.”

 About Ignatius: He was the bishop of Antioch in Syria at the beginning of the second century A.D. and an early Christian martyr. Near the end of the reign of the Roman emperor Trajan (98–117), Ignatius was arrested, taken in chains to Rome, and eventually thrown to the wild beasts in the arena. On the way to Rome, he wrote letters to the Christians at Ephesus, Magnesia, Tralles, Rome, Philadelphia, and Smyrna, and also to Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna. In the letters, which are beautifully pastoral in tone, Ignatius warned against certain heresies (false teachings). He also repeatedly stressed the full humanity and deity of Christ, the reality of Christ’s bodily presence in the Lord’s Supper, the supreme authority of the bishop, and the unity of the Church found in her bishops. Ignatius was the first to use the word catholic to describe the universality of the Church. His Christ-centeredness, his courage in the face of martyrdom, and his zeal for the truth over against false doctrine are a lasting legacy to the Church.  (From The Treasury of Daily Prayer, Concordia Publishing House)

The Apostle Paul was probably martyred between A.D. 64-67. Ignatius became the 2nd Bishop of Antioch in A.D. 69.   Antioch was the city from which Paul and Barnabas began their great missionary journey as recorded in Acts 13-14.  Ignatius is a direct link to the apostles and the apostolic doctrine.  (information from The Apostolic Fathers, edited by Jack Sparks)

From Ignatius Letter to the Romans: “From Syria to Rome I am fighting with wild beasts by land and sea, night and day, bound to ten leopards—that is, a company of soldiers—and when they are treated well they become worse. I become more of a disciple because of their mistreatment of me, “but not by this am I justified” [1 Cor. 4:4]…The prince of this age wants to abduct me and corrupt my mind set on God. None of you present must help him; instead, be on my side, that is, God’s. Do not speak of Jesus Christ and desire the world.

The journey of Ignatius was a long one during which he wrote many letters.  He was imprisoned and under guard.  He was considered to be an enemy of the State in which Ignatius loved his enemies and prayed for those who persecuted him. Yet, he knew by justifying faith in Jesus that this did  not justify and save Him: Christ’s Body and Blood did so and for y’all as well.  Ignatius also knew that the “prince of this age”, that is, the devil want abduct him and corrupt his mind.  We need to know that today for ourselves:

Media, television, radio, print, and now social media, are massaging, actually educating us, catechizing and deforming us in ways that are opposite of the Lord’s instruction, but now in cyber-speed. It’s the junk food of the devil. It only gives a placebo:  it feels good and then doesn’t heal.  Politics don’t save and remember the first thing about politics is that politics is not the first thing (Neuhaus). The “powers and principalities” rule in the media and we are taught atheism, materialism, “the dictatorship of relativism”, all  under the lure of hedonism and narcissism, that the old Adam craves, raves and all of it never saves. These are symptoms of the sickness unto death and the world offers the narcotics of false hope.

St. Ignatius was right that we not speak of Christ and desire the world.  Christ has put His Word, the sword of the Spirit to sever us from the desire of the world. The word “martyr” is literally witness. This is the Lord’s continuing work in us that we may give our “martyr”, witness to Christ alone.

Let us pray…Almighty God, we praise Your Name for Ignatius of Antioch, pastor and martyr.  He offered himself as grain to be ground by the teeth of wild beasts so that he might present to You the pure bread of sacrifice. Accept the willing tribute of all that we are and all that we have, and give us a portion in the pure and unspotted offering of Your Son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever

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