Gospel Reflection Thursday (10 November) – 32nd week Ordinary Time – St Leo the Great
Fr Paul reads from the Gospel of Luke (17: 20-25) in which Jesus tells his disciples ‘the Kingdom of God is among you’. After reading the Gospel Fr Paul shares a little about the life of St Leo the Great whose memorial we celebrate today.
Fr Paul notes St Leo was born in Etruria and he became Pope in the year 440. He was a true shepherd and father of souls. He constantly strove to keep the faith whole and strenuously defended the unity of the Church. He repelled the invasions of the barbarians or alleviated their efforts, famously persuading Attila the Hun not to march on Rome in 452, and preventing the invading Vandals from massacring the population in 455.
Leo left many doctrinal and spiritual writings behind and a number of them are included in the Office of Readings to this very day. Leo died in the year 461.
So today Fr Paul invites us to ask, ‘St Leo the Great, Pray for us!’