Wednesday, June 28, 2017 – Wednesday of Week 12, Ordinary Time
Today we remember St. Irenaeus, Bishop, Martyr, and Church Father who focused his attention on study of Christian writings of the time with a focus on which should be considered authoritative and be included in the Canon. Of course details of the lives of such second century persons are sometimes sketchy, but you can read some about him here.
Incidentally, there is general but not unanimous agreement that the earliest list of New Testament Books we have that agrees fully with our own Canon is from a document written by Athanasius in 367 A.D. You can read a translation of it, the pertinent paragraph quoted below, here.
Again it is not tedious to speak of the [books] of the New Testament. These are, the four Gospels, according to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Afterwards, the Acts of the Apostles and Epistles (called Catholic), seven, viz. of James, one; of Peter, two; of John, three; after these, one of Jude. In addition, there are fourteen Epistles of Paul, written in this order. The first, to the Romans; then two to the Corinthians; after these, to the Galatians; next, to the Ephesians; then to the Philippians; then to the Colossians; after these, two to the Thessalonians, and that to the Hebrews; and again, two to Timothy; one to Titus; and lastly, that to Philemon. And besides, the Revelation of John.
During the discussion prior to prayer, Father Linsky encouraged us to more fully participate in the life of the Church through service as Eucharistic ministers, lectors, ushers, religious education leaders, Stephen Ministers, committee members or leaders, or whatever fields of endeavor we may be called to. We are encouraged to be open to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and to follow that inspiration. We receive so that we may give.
Note the updated photo at the top of the website. Twenty five were present today and all but three show up in the photo.