THE WORD OF GOD – JANUARY 31 (18), 2015

St. Athanasius the Great (373) and St. Cyril (444), archbishops of Alexandria.
Venerable Cyril, schemamonk, and Venerable Maria, schemanun (1337) (parents of St. Sergius of Radonezh).
St. Maximus of Serbia, metropolitan (1516).
St. Ephraim the Lesser, the Philospher (1101).
Venerable Hieromonk Alexi (Shushania) of Teklati (1923)

2 Timothy 2:11-19 (Saturday)


This is a faithful saying: For if we died with Him, We shall also live with Him.


If we endure, We shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us.


If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.


Remind them of these things, charging them before the Lord not to strive about words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers.


Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.


But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness.


And their message will spread like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort,


who have strayed concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some.


Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”

Luke 18:2-8


saying: “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man.


Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’


And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man,


‘yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’ “


Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said.


And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them?


I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?


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