Reading for August 18th
Today’s August 18th Gospel Reading is taken from the Episcopal/Anglican Lectionary.
How many times do we fail to see the Lord both “on the Road” and at “Table”!
Jesus said to the two disciples on the way to Emmaus, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.
As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?”
In the Episcopal Kalendar it is the Feast of Blessed William Porcher DuBose, presbyter and in the Roman that of St Jane Frances Chantal. In the Coptic Kalendar it is the Feast of the Archangel St Michael and in the Russian/OCA it is among others the Commemoration of the Martyrs, Sts. Hermes, Seapion, and Polyaenus. May these and all our Holy Friends pray with and for us through Jesus Christ Our Lord Amen+
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