Today’s October 1st Reading
Today we celebrate the Feast Day in the Anglican/Episcopal Kalendar the Apostle to the Franks St Remigius. In the Roman Rite it is the Feast of St Therese of the Child Jesus, Doctor of the Church. In the Coptic Kalendar today is the 21st day of the Egyptian Month of Tout and the Feast of St Mary the Virgin and the commemoration of the martyrdom of St Cyprian and St Justina the Abbess. In the Russian/OCA it is also a feast of Our Lady as well as the Commemoration of the martyrdom of St Ananias of Damascus who restored sight to St Paul. It is also the Feast of St Romanus the Melodist as well as that of many abbots and mystics. May these and all our Holy Friends and Companions pray for us through Jesus Christ Our Lord Amen+
The Collect, amended, from the BCP.
O God, by the teaching of your faithful servant and bishop Remigius you turned the nation of the Franks from vain idolatry to the worship of you, the true and living God, in the fullness of the catholic faith: Grant with the assistance of his prayers that we who glory in the name of Christian may show forth our faith in worthy deeds; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
A word from the Apostles in the person of St John.
1 John 4:1-6
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. And this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming; and now it is already in the world. Little children, you are from God, and have conquered them; for the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore what they say is from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us, and whoever is not from God does not listen to us. From this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
St John reminds us of the centrality of the Petrine Confession and Affirmation to our Faith and Belief and that there will be many from talk show hosts to entertainers that speak contrary to the Truth of the Gospel and he tells that we should not surprised nor should we waver in our own “Credo”. The Gospel reading reinforces and explains St John’s Teaching as does the New Testament reading the Gospel reading.
Jesus said to his disciples, “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
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