THE WORD OF GOD – DECEMBER 13(NOVEMBER 30), 2014


Nativity (St. Philip’s Fast). Fish Allowed

Holy and All-praised Apostle Andrew the First-called (62).

St. Frumentius, archbishop of Abyssinia (380).

Luke 12:32-40

32

Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

33

Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys.

34

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

35

Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning;

36

and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately.

37

Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them.

38

And if he should come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.

39

But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.

40

Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

John 1:35-51 (Apostle)

35

Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples.

36

And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!”

37

The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.

38

Then Jesus turned, and seeing them following, said to them, “What do you seek?” They said to Him, “Rabbi” (which is to say, when translated, Teacher), “where are You staying?”

39

He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where He was staying, and remained with Him that day (now it was about the tenth hour).

40

One of the two who heard John speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.

41

He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated, the Christ).

42

And he brought him to Jesus. Now when Jesus looked at him, He said, “You are Simon the son of Jonah. You shall be called Cephas” (which is translated, A Stone).

43

The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and He found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me.”

44

Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.

45

Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote-Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”

46

And Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”

47

Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!”

48

Nathanael said to Him, “How do You know me?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”

49

Nathanael answered and said to Him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”

50

Jesus answered and said to him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.”

51

And He said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”

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