Gospel of the day

Thursday April 27, 2017

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 3:31-36.

The one who comes from above is above all. The one who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of earthly things. But the one who comes from heaven is above all. He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. Whoever does accept his testimony certifies that God is trustworthy. For the one whom God sent speaks the words of God. He does not ration his gift of the Spirit. The Father loves the Son and has given everything over to him. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God remains upon him.


Commentary Symeon the New Theologian
The Savior's command, "Search the Scriptures" (Jn 5,39) shows how profitable they are for us. So search them, and hold fast to what they say with great exactitude and faith. Then, when the divine Scriptures have given you an accurate knowledge of God's will, you will be able to distinguish without error between good and eviL and will not listen to every spirit, or be carried away by harmful thoughts. You may be certain, my brothers, that nothing is so conducive to our salvation as following the divine commandments of the Savior. Nevertheless we shall... need great fear, great patience, and constant prayer before the import of even a word of the Master can be revealed to us. Only then shall we perceive the great mystery hidden in short sayings, and be ready to die for the smallest detail of the commandments of God (cf.Mt 5,18). For the word of God is like a two-edged sword (Heb 4,12), cutting off and separating the soul from all bodily desire and sensation. More than that, it is like a blazing fire (Jer 20,9), because it stirs up zeal in our souls, and makes us disregard all the sorrows of life, consider every trial we encounter a joy (Jas 1,2), and desire and embrace death, so fearful to others, as life and the means of attaining life.

All for the greater glory of God.

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