August 15, 2022     6:46 am
70. Week of Forth Sunday after Epiphany - Saturday
The man born blind
          And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshiped Him.   John 9:38
          In the last year of His visible sojourn on earth, when He had come to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of the Tabernacles, Jesus restored a man's eyesight who had been born blind. He did it on a Sabbath day. The man born blind knew, indeed, that it was Jesus who opened his eyes, but he did not know Jesus as he should. Now when the Pharisees, who were hypocrites and hated Jesus, said to the man born blind that Jesus could not be the Son of God because He did this on a Sabbath day, he answered: "He is a prophet." And when they continued to revile Jesus, and said that He was a sinner, and that they did not know where He was from, the man born blind answered: "Why this is an amazing thing that you do not know where He is from, and yet He has opened my eyes. Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if any man is a worshipper of God, and does His will, He hears him. Since the world began it has not been heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind. If this man were not of God, He could do nothing." Then the Pharisees said to him: "You were entirely born in sin, and are you trying to teach us?" And they cast him out.- Then Jesus found him and said to him: "Do you believe on the Son of God?" that is, on Christ, the promised Messiah, who, according to the testimony of John the Baptist, was now to appear. He answered: "Who is He, Lord, that I might believe on Him?" Jesus said to him: "You now see Him, and it is He that speaks with you." Then the man that was born blind said: "Lord, I believe." And he worshiped Him. (John 9.)
          All the angels of God worship our Lord and Saviour. And the hour shall come in which all must bow their knees before Jesus, whether they wish to or not. Now, then, O sinner, whom Jesus has redeemed, and whom He so kindly approaches through His Word, revealing Himself as the Saviour, believe in Him and worship Him with exceeding great joy through the Holy Spirit, that when He shall appear in His glory, you may exult and cry: "My Saviour!"
          PRAYER: - Lord Jesus, true God and man, my Saviour and Redeemer, I believe in You, I love and praise and glorify You, I worship You with all the angels and the elect in heaven and on earth. Preserve my faith through Your miraculous Word, through Your gracious Holy Spirit. Bring me where believing shall be turned to seeing, where my love shall be perfect, my praise and glorifying shall be heavenly, my worship an everlasting joy. Amen

First Part : Festival Season
August 15, 2022     6:46 am