Author John D. Barry
Cyril of Alexandria (378–444 AD) was the Patriarch of Alexandria and part of several major church councils, including the First Council of Ephesus in 431 AD. Cyril believed that God, through His incarnation of Christ, spread His divine power to all of humanity. Cyril’s belief in the “power” of the incarnation is explicit in his interpretation of the woman who was healed after touching Jesus’ garment (Luke 8:43–48).
Cyril of Alexandria on Luke 8:43–48
“When [the woman] touched [Jesus], she was healed immediately and without delay. ‘For I know,’ [Jesus] said, ‘that power has gone out from me.’ [The power] transcends our order, or probably that even of the angels, to send out any power of their own nature, as something that is of themselves. Such an act is an attribute appropriate only to the nature that is above everything and supreme. Every created being God endows with power, whether of healing or something similar, [it] does not possess [power] of itself but as a thing given [to] it by God. All things are given and worked in the creature, and it can do nothing of itself. As God, [Jesus] said, ‘I know that power has gone forth from me.’ ”*
The Passage Cyril References: Luke 8:43–48 (NIV)
“And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. ‘Who touched me?’ Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, ‘Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.’ But Jesus said, ‘Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.’ Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. Then he said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.’ ”
* Cyril of Alexandria. Commentary on the Gospel of St. Luke. Translated by R. Payne Smith. (Long Island: Studion Publishers, 1983).