by Fr. Dmitri, New Zealand
Saturday 1 November 2008 (22 Paapi; 22 Babah)
Many Years to all the Luke's whose day was Yesterday.
But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God,
and there shall no torment touch them.
Constant prayer adds God's great Dignity to the
(Heguman Pishoy Kamel)
Lord help me not to go astray from the path and
make me cling on to You.
Young Man, I say to you, arise.
Faith is then not just to recite the Creed, but
it is the life we lead.
(Pope Shenouda III)
He remained Lord of all things even when he came, for
the economy, in the form of a slave, and this is why the
Mystery of Christ is truly wonderful.
(Cyril of Alexandria)
God you are my life. You are my creator. You are my light.
You are my guide. You are my castle and my existence.
Have mercy upon me and hold me up. You are the breath
of my life.
As from now, I do not fear God, because I love Him,
and love drives away fear.
(Anthony the Great)
What great power of the souls, have over the heart of God!
If we realized this fact and averted to all the graces that
we can gain through their prayers, these would not be so
God, Our Creator and Redeemer, may we become righteous
in Thy sight and that our prayers be of benefit to us and
our dear ones.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (Psa.119:105)
A man taught by God's Law is wiser than opponents, would-be teachers, the proverbial wise elders. The explanation is that in His Word, God is the teacher, and the result is love and sound moral judgement. The element of moral discipline is obedience. We cannot have God without His word.
The man who wants God, whole-heartedly desires His favor and grace. It is impossible to abide in Him unless His word abide in us. (see John 15:7)
If we understand Gods word, at lightens up our whole life. It gives us markers throughout our life. I think of the motto of my Old College. "Lumen Accipe et Imperti" - Take the Light and Pass it On.
I often think back to those days and wonder how many of us actually did that.
If we do not have these Sign Posts throughout our lives we could go off the track. If we go out at night for a walk and did not take a torch and had no street lighting, we could stumble and fall.
It is the same with the Word of God, it is our light which enables us to go along life's Pathway without stumbling and falling by the wayside. This wayside could conjure up a lot of meanings.
It could mean falling into Sin, then we would need repentance. It could mean falling into Error, which also requires repentance and seeking the way back onto the Straight and Narrow.
We truly need the Light of the Word to guide our footsteps along life's Pathway. The Psalmist also found that he needed this Light, as his life's Path was full of obstacles and without the Word of God to show him the way he might have tripped over these obstacles. He was right in saying: "Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my Path."
May we accept the Light of His word and pass it on is my prayer in Jesus' Name. AMEN!
To Thee be Glory and Praise, now and ever, unto Ages of Ages.
Evening: Psalm 105:1-3; Gospel: Luke 9:1-6.
Morning: Psalm 68:24-26; Gospel: Luke 17:5-10.
Liturgy: Col.4:2-18; 1 Peter 3:15-22; Acts 1:1-14;
Psalm 96:2-3; Gospel: Luke 10:1-20.
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