The Gospel Reading for today is taken from the daily Office of Matins in the Coptic Orthodox Church:
In this Gospel Reading Jesus gives the Church a blueprint for continual growth in understanding and acceptance of revelation as it is found in science and in culture. No need for all the divisive and splintering commotion over sexuality and gender and such the Church as the Gathering has the Divine Passport if you will to make changes both in moral dogma and pastoral outreach!
Matt 18:10-20 [Arabic]
“Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven. For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.
“What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying? And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
“Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that “by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.’ And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector.
“Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
“Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”
Today in the Coptic Kalendar is the Feast Day of St John the Second, who was the bishop of Jerusalem in the fifth century and it is also the Feast of the Archangel Gabriel. In the Latin Kalendar it is the Feast of St Paulinus and in the Russian the feast of St Demetrian the Deacon of Cyprus who along with St Aristocles and St Athanasius the Reader were matured during one of the Roman persecution of Christians. May our holy companions and friends in the Church Triumphant pray for us through Jesus Christ Our Lord and the Glory be to God Amen+
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