Tuesday, September 26, 2023

February 23rd: Memorial of Saint Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr
Gospel text
Jn 15:18-21
Jesus said to his disciples; “If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first."
Gospel's Commentary
Today, when remembering Saint Polycarp, a great Father of the Church, history shows us that Christ and His Gospel are always a contradiction sign for the world. So did Saint Polycarp understand it and lived by it. He was born in Smyrna, in present-day Turkey, which became a Roman province in Asia Minor, and he died a martyr in this city, having been a Bishop of the local Church. Polycarp, whose name means "abundant fruit", had met the apostle John and had been his disciple. —He wrote a letter to the Christians in Philippi (Greece) to encourage them to live by following Jesus Christ: “Wherefore, girding up your loins serve the Lord in fear and truth, as those who have forsaken the vain, empty talk and error of the multitude”.

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