August 9, 2022     3:46 pm
65. Week of Forth Sunday after Epiphany - Monday
Apostles chosen
          Which things also we teach, not in words which man's wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches.   1 Corinthians 2:13
          To the end that His Word and Gospel may be preached on earth until the last day, Jesus, having prayed to His heavenly Father, chose twelve from among His disciples, whom He also called Apostles, or ambassadors. They were the following: Simon Peter, and his brother Andrew, James and his brother John, Philip and Bartholomew, Matthew and Thomas, James, the son of Alphaeus, Simon, called Zelotes, Judas, the brother of James, and Judas Iscariot, the traitor.(Luke 6:12-16.) After the sad end of Judas Iscariot, Matthias took his place. (Acts 1:26.) These men, who had been with the Lord during His sojourn on earth, from the baptism of John to the day that He was taken up into heaven, were to be His witnesses to all the world of those things which they had seen and heard, and witnesses of His resurrection. Later St. Paul, who had received special revelations, was added to their number.(Rom. 1:1; Gal. 1:11,12.) These men, by word of mouth and by their writings, were to proclaim the Gospel, the Word of Jesus, to all the world. For this work they were to receive the gift, the special gift, of the Holy Spirit, so that the things which they spoke and wrote were not in the words which man's wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, as our text above says. Others besides them received this special gift (Acts 2:1-4.); thus also the evangelists Mark and Luke. So in the writings of the evangelists and apostles, which we have in the Bible, we have the Word of God, the Word of Jesus, just as divinely pure, unalloyed, and certain as if Jesus, our Lord, stood before us and preached. And this, even this, we must hear and read.
          PRAYER: - I give thanks to You, merciful God and Father, that in the Bible You have given me Your Word, Your Gospel, so that I may know my Saviour aright, believe in Him, and through faith obtain salvation. I pray You, grant to me Your grace, that by the power and operation of Your Holy Spirit I hold Your Word sacred, and gladly hear and learn it, and be confirmed in faith, until in eternal joy and bliss I shall see what here I have believed. Do this for Jesus Christ's sake. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 9, 2022     3:46 pm