August 8th Reading


Today’s Gospel Reading is taken from the Episcopal Lectionary with notes on the Roman Lectionary reading for the Feast of St Dominic as well as the Collect, amended, taken from the BCP.

Today in the Roman and Episcopal Kalendar is the Feast of St Dominic and here follows the Collect, amended, from the BCP and the Gospel Reading for the feast.

O God of the prophets, you opened the eyes of your servant Dominic to perceive a famine of hearing the word of the Lord, and moved him, and those he drew about him, to satisfy that hunger with sound preaching and fervent devotion: Make your church, dear Lord, in this and every age with the help of your blessed servant Dominic, attentive to the hungers of the world, and quick to respond in love to those who are perishing; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Jesus makes it very clear that he teaches not for his ego sake as is the case especially in the social media age of profit, personality and power but rather he teaches as God teaches! He also in the healing of the Canaanite woman again illustrates like the flash of lightening that no one is outside of the Kingdom and more often than not it is those the religious establishment deems unacceptable where the kingdom is found!

John 7:16-18
Then Jesus answered the Jews, “My teaching is not mine but his who sent me. Anyone who resolves to do the will of God will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own. Those who speak on their own seek their own glory; but the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and there is nothing false in him.”

In the Roman Lectionary it is the Gospel reading on the healing of the Canaanite woman as recorded in Mark 15:21-28

In the Coptic Kalendar it is the Feast of the Falling Asleep of St Pa’esa (Athanasia) and the Commemoration of the Martyrdom of the Holy Youths, Eleatherius and Leonidas and the Holy Infants who died with them. May these our holy friends pray with us and for us through Jesus Christ Our Lord Amen+

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