Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him forever!
Saints of the Day
October 18 / 31. Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke. Martyr Marinus the Elder at Anazarbus. St. Julian the hermit of Mesopotamia. St. Mnason, Bishop of Cyprus. St. David, abbot of Serphukov. New-Martyrs Gabriel and Cirmidol of Egypt. (Greek Calendar: Saints Symeon, Theodore and Euprosynus, monks who found the Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos in the Great Cave of Peloponnesus. St. Peter, Metropolitan of Montenegro.)
Photo of the Day
The beautiful Oregon Coast, along 101, as I make my way to the Pastoral Conference in San Francisco.
Quote of the Day
Quote of the Day
“…The work of fulfilling the Commandments generates a state of humility.”
Abba Dorotheos of Gaza
“Discourses amd Sayings”
Scripture Readings for the Day
2 Corinthians 3:12-18
12 Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech— 13 unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away. 14 But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. 15 But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. 16 Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath
1 Now it happened on the second Sabbath after the first that He went through the grainfields. And His disciples plucked the heads of grain and ate them, rubbing them in their hands. 2 And some of the Pharisees said to them, “Why are you doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath?”
3 But Jesus answering them said, “Have you not even read this, what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him: 4 how he went into the house of God, took and ate the showbread, and also gave some to those with him, which is not lawful for any but the priests to eat?” 5 And He said to them, “The Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath.”
Healing on the Sabbath
6 Now it happened on another Sabbath, also, that He entered the synagogue and taught. And a man was there whose right hand was withered. 7 So the scribes and Pharisees watched Him closely, whether He would heal on the Sabbath, that they might find an accusation against Him. 8 But He knew their thoughts, and said to the man who had the withered hand, “Arise and stand here.” And he arose and stood. 9 Then Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one thing: Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy?” 10 And when He had looked around at them all, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he did so, and his hand was restored as whole as the other.