Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Living the evangelical life of Orthodox monasticism in witness to the salvific truth of the Gospels of Our Lord, God, and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him forever!
The Morning Offering
Tuesday, December 22 / 9 (Church Calendar)
Saints of the Day:

December 9 / 22. The Conception by St. Anna of the Most Holy Theotokos [Gal 4:22-31; Lk 8:16-21]. Prophetess Anna (Hannah),mother of Prophet Samuel. St. Stephen the New Light of Constantinople. St. Sophronius, Archbishop of Cyprus. (Greek Calendar:Martyr Sositheus. Martyr Narses of Persia. Martyr Isaac.) Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos Unexpected Joy.

Photo of the Day:

Hieromonk Paul, together with his parents, Lester and Pearl Kilman, on the day of his ordination.

(Click on photo to enlarge.)

Quote of the Day:

"It is no mean contest to overcome one's bad habits, for custom, strengthened by enduring a long time, takes on the force of [second] nature."

St. Basil the Great

Scripture Readings for the Day:

Hebrews 4:1-13
The Promise of Rest
 1 Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. 2 For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. 3 For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said:

      " So I swore in My wrath,

      ' They shall not enter My rest,'"

   although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. 4 For He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: "And God rested on the seventh day from all His works"; 5 and again in this place: "They shall not enter My rest."
6 Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience, 7 again He designates a certain day, saying in David, "Today," after such a long time, as it has been said:

      " Today, if you will hear His voice,
      Do not harden your hearts."

8 For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day. 9 There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. 10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.

The Word Discovers Our Condition
11 Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience. 12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.

Luke 20:27-44

The Sadducees: What About the Resurrection?

27 Then some of the Sadducees, who deny that there is a resurrection, came to Him and asked Him, 28 saying: "Teacher, Moses wrote to us that if a man's brother dies, having a wife, and he dies without children, his brother should take his wife and raise up offspring for his brother. 29 Now there were seven brothers. And the first took a wife, and died without children. 30 And the second took her as wife, and he died childless. 31 Then the third took her, and in like manner the seven also; and they left no children, and died. 32 Last of all the woman died also. 33 Therefore, in the resurrection, whose wife does she become? For all seven had her as wife."
34 Jesus answered and said to them, "The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage. 35 But those who are counted worthy to attain that age, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage; 36 nor can they die anymore, for they are equal to the angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection. 37 But even Moses showed in the burning bush passage that the dead are raised, when he called the Lord 'the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.'38 For He is not the God of the dead but of the living, for all live to Him."
39 Then some of the scribes answered and said, "Teacher, You have spoken well." 40 But after that they dared not question Him anymore.
Jesus: How Can David Call His Descendant Lord?
41 And He said to them, "How can they say that the Christ is the Son of David? 42 Now David himself said in the Book of Psalms:

      ' The LORD said to my Lord,

      " Sit at My right hand,
       43 Till I make Your enemies Your footstool."'

 44 Therefore David calls Him 'Lord'; how is He then his Son?"

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