THE WORD OF GOD – DECEMBER 14(1), 2014


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

Prophet Nahum (7th c. B.C.).
Righteous Philaret the Merciful of Amnia in Asia Minor (792).
St. Eligius, bishop of Noyon (660) (Neth.).

Luke 24:12-35 (5th Matins Gospel)

12

But Peter arose and ran to the tomb; and stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying by themselves; and he departed, marveling to himself at what had happened.

13

Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem.

14

And they talked together of all these things which had happened.

15

So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them.

16

But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him.

17

And He said to them, “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?”

18

Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, “Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?”

19

And He said to them, “What things?” So they said to Him, “The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people,

20

and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him.

21

But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened.

22

Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us.

23

When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive.

24

And certain of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see.

25

Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!

26

Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?

27

And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.

28

Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther.

29

But they constrained Him, saying, “Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.” And He went in to stay with them.

30

Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.

31

Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.

32

And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?”

33

So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together,

34

saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!”

35

And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread.

Luke 18:18-27

18

Now a certain ruler asked Him, saying, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”

19

So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.

20

You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’

21

And he said, “All these things I have kept from my youth.”

22

So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”

23

But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich.

24

And when Jesus saw that he became very sorrowful, He said, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!

25

For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.

26

And those who heard it said, “Who then can be saved?”

27

But He said, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”

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