August 9th Reading
Today’s August 9th Gospel Reading is taken from the Coptic Lectionary and reflects other Orthodox Lectionaries as well.
“Religious” people particularly religious leaders such as pastors, priests, bishops, moderators, district superintendents, patriarchs and popes should quake at least a wee bit when they read this passage!
Lk 13:23-30 [Arabic]
Then one said to Him, “Lord, are there few who are saved?”
And He said to them, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able. When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, “Lord, Lord, open for us,’ and He will answer and say to you, “I do not know you, where you are from,’ then you will begin to say, “We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.’ But He will say, “I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity.’ There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrust out. They will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south, and sit down in the kingdom of God. And indeed there are last who will be first, and there are first who will be last.”
It is the Feast Day of St Herman of Alaska, St Matthias the Apostle, St Psoes of Egypt in the Russain Kalendar and in the Coptic it is the Commemoration of the Falling Asleep of St Abriamus who was ordained by St Mark the Apostle and in the Roman and perhaps some other kalendars it is the Feast of the Martyrdom of St Edith Stein who had converted to Christianity and who was killed by the Nazis in retaliation for the condemnation by the Dutch Roman and Protestant Bishops of Hitler’s policies.
Holy Companions pray with us and for us as we walk our own pilgrimage of faith and life through Jesus Christ Our Lord Amen+
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