THE WORD OF GOD – FEBRUARY 15 (2), 2015


Sunday of the Last Judgment (Meatfare). Tone three.

The Meeting of Our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 8:8-9:2

8

But food does not commend us to God; for neither if we eat are we the better, nor if we do not eat are we the worse.

9

But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak.

10

For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, will not the conscience of him who is weak be emboldened to eat those things offered to idols?

11

And because of your knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?

12

But when you thus sin against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ.

13

Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never again eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.

1

Am I not an apostle? Am I not free? Have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord?

2

If I am not an apostle to others, yet doubtless I am to you. For you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.

Matthew 25:31-46

31

When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.

32

All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.

33

And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.

34

Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

35

‘for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;

36

‘I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’

37

Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?

38

‘When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?

39

‘Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’

40

And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

41

Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:

42

‘for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink;

43

‘I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’

44

Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’

45

Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’

46

And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.

Luke 2:22-40 (Gospel, Meeting)

22

Now when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord

23

(as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every male who opens the womb shall be called holy to the LORD”),

24

and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, “A pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”

25

And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.

26

And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.

27

So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law,

28

he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said:

29

Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, According to Your word;

30

For my eyes have seen Your salvation

31

Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples,

32

A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel.”

33

And Joseph and His mother marveled at those things which were spoken of Him.

34

Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against

35

(yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.

36

Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity;

37

and this woman was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.

38

And coming in that instant she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem.

39

So when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth.

40

And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.

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