Gospel Reflection- Monday 3rd week of Easter (2 May 2022) – St Athanasius
Fr Paul reads from the Gospel of John (6: 22-29) in which Jesus tells the crowd, who are surprised to discover him already on the other side of the lake, ‘Do not work for food that cannot last, but work for food that endures to eternal life’.
After reading the Gospel, Fr Paul shares a little about the live of St Athanasius (Bishop and Doctor of the Church), whose memorial we celebrate today.
Athanasius was born in Alexandria in 295AD. He assisted Bishop Alexander at the Council of Nicaea and, later, succeeded him as bishop. At the time there was a thing called Arianism, which taught that the Son was created by the Father but was in no way equal to Him.
Athanasius spent many years of his life fighting against this theory of Arianism. He endured many sufferings and spent a total of 17 years in exile. He wrote outstanding works to explain and defend the orthodoxy of the Church.
Today, Fr Paul invites us to ask ‘St Athanasius, Pray for us!