Nineteenth Week after Pentecost

October 5-11, 2009

Holy Apostle James Alpheus Luke 7:17-30 - And this report concerning him spread through the whole of Judea and all the surrounding country. The disciples of John told him of all these things. And John, calling to him two of his disciples, sent them to the Lord, saying, "Are you he who is to come, or shall we look for another?" And when the men had come to him, they said, "John the Baptist has sent us to you, saying, `Are you he who is to come, or shall we look for another?'" In that hour he cured many of diseases and plagues and evil spirits, and on many that were blind he bestowed sight. And he answered them, "Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have good news preached to them. And blessed is he who takes no offense at me."

When the messengers of John had gone, he began to speak to the crowds concerning John: "What did you go out into the wilderness to behold? A reed shaken by the wind? What then did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft clothing? Behold, those who are gorgeously appareled and live in luxury are in kings' courts. What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is he of whom it is written, `Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, who shall prepare thy way before thee.' I tell you, among those born of women none is greater than John; yet he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he." (When they heard this all the people and the tax collectors justified God, having been baptized with the baptism of John; but the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected the purpose of God for themselves, not having been baptized by him.) (RSV – Gospel for the Third Thursday of Luke)

The Least is Great in the Kingdom of God – Jesus brings the blessed Baptist to our attention as one who had attained the foremost place in legal righteousness and to incomparable praise. Still he is ranked as less than one who is least. He says: “The least is greater than he in the kingdom of God.” The kingdom of God signifies, as we affirm, the grace that is by faith, by means of which we are accounted worthy of every blessing and of the possession of the rich gifts which come from above from God. It frees us from all blame and makes us to be the sons of God, partakers of the Holy Spirit and heirs of a heavenly inheritance. (St. Cyril of Alexandria)

Scripture

  • Monday - Philippians 1:1-7, Luke 6:24-30
  • Tuesday - Philippians 1:8-14, Luke 6:37-45 (19th Tue), 1 John 1:1-7, James 1:1-12, Jude 1-7,17,25, 1 Corinthians 4:9-16, John 20:19-31 (Apostle Thomas)
  • Wednesday - Philippians 1:12-20, Luke 6:46-7:1
  • Thursday - Philippians 1:20-27, Luke 7:17-30
  • Friday - Philippians 1:27-2:4, Luke 7:31-15 (19th Fri), 1 Corinthians 4:9-16, Luke 10:16-21 (Apostle James Alpheus)
  • Saturday - 1 Corinthians 15:58-16:3, Luke 5:27-32
  • Sunday - 2 Corinthians 11:31-12-9, Luke 7:11-16 (19th Sun), Hebrews 13:7-16, John 17:1-13 (Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council)

The Icon is the Holy Apostle James Alpheus, whose day is October 9th on the Church Calendar.

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Theophany

When You were baptized in the Jordan, O Lord, * worship of the Trinity was revealed, * for the Father's voice bore witness to You, calling You His “beloved Son”, * and the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the certainty of these words. * O Christ God, * Who appeared and enlightened the world, glory to You! (Troparion, Tone 1)

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The enemy of our salvation especially strives to draw our heart and mind away from God when we are about to serve Him, and endeavours to adulterously attach our heart to something irrelevant. Be always, every moment, with God, especially when you pray to Him. If you are inconstant, you will fall away from life, and will cast yourself into sorrow and straitness. 

St. John of Kronstadt