August 15, 2022     7:23 am
66. Week of Forth Sunday after Epiphany - Tuesday
He that hears you hears me
          He that hears you hears me; and he that despises you despises me; and he that despises me despises Him that sent me.   Luke 10:16
          Besides the apostles the Lord Jesus appointed other disciples, seventy in number, and sent them two by two before Him into every city and place where He Himself would come. And He said to them: "The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few; pray therefore to the Lord of the harvest that He would send forth labourers into His harvest. Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves." And He instructed them not to be concerned about their food, but to let those provide for them who would receive them and their message. But if the people of a city would not receive them, then were they to say publicly: "Even the very dust of your city which adheres to us we wipe off against you; nevertheless be you sure of this, that the kingdom of God has come near to you." And lastly Jesus said: "He that hears you hears Me and he that despises you despises Me; and he that despises Me despises Him that sent Me." (Luke 10:1-16.) This word of the Lord applies to all preachers of His Word at all times, that is, to those who preach His Word right and pure throughout. Observe that well! If your preacher, be he eloquent or not, preaches the Word of Jesus, then you must hear him as if you heard Jesus Himself. You must listen to the Word, not to the person. Do you understand? If, however, you despise such a preacher, then in reality you despise Jesus; and if you despise Jesus, you despise the great God that sent Him. And what will then become of you?
          PRAYER: - Lord God, Heavenly Father, I thank You that You have given us Your Word and have also appointed the holy ministry. I pray You in the name of Your dear Son Jesus Christ, and at His command, to send forth faithful labourers into Your vineyard, and to grant that those whom You have may abide in the true doctrine and lead a Christian life to their end. And give to me and to all Christians Your Holy Spirit, that at all times we may gladly receive the Word which they preach, attentively follow its teachings, and in the end obtain eternal life, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, our Lord. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 15, 2022     7:23 am