Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Gospel commented, “No slave is greater than his master” Saint John 13:16-20.

Acts of the Apostles 13:13-25. 
From Paphos, Paul and his companions set sail and arrived at Perga in Pamphylia. But John left them and returned to Jerusalem.
They continued on from Perga and reached Antioch in Pisidia. On the sabbath they entered (into) the synagogue and took their seats. 
After the reading of the law and the prophets, the synagogue officials sent word to them, "My brothers, if one of you has a word of exhortation for the people, please speak." 
So Paul got up, motioned with his hand, and said, "Fellow Israelites and you others who are God-fearing, listen. 
The God of this people Israel chose our ancestors and exalted the people during their sojourn in the land of Egypt. With uplifted arm he led them out of it 
and for about forty years he put up with them in the desert. 
When he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, he gave them their land as an inheritance 
at the end of about four hundred and fifty years. After these things he provided judges up to Samuel (the) prophet. 
Then they asked for a king. God gave them Saul, son of Kish, a man from the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years. 
Then he removed him and raised up David as their king; of him he testified, 'I have found David, son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will carry out my every wish.' 
From this man's descendants God, according to his promise, has brought to Israel a savior, Jesus. 
John heralded his coming by proclaiming a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel; 
and as John was completing his course, he would say, 'What do you suppose that I am? I am not he. Behold, one is coming after me; I am not worthy to unfasten the sandals of his feet.'" 

Psalms 89(88):2-3.21-22.25.27. 
The favors of the LORD I will sing forever; 
through all generations my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness. 
For you have said, “My kindness is established forever”; 
in heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness. 

I have chosen David, my servant; 
with my holy oil I have anointed him. 
That my hand will be with him; 
and that my arm will make him strong. 

My loyalty and love will be with him; 
through my name his horn will be exalted. 
“He shall say of me, 'You are my father, 
my God, the Rock, my savior.' 

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 13:16-20. 
When Jesus had washed the disciples' feet, he said to them: "Amen, amen, I say to you, no slave is greater than his master nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him.
If you understand this, blessed are you if you do it. 
I am not speaking of all of you. I know those whom I have chosen. But so that the scripture might be fulfilled, 'The one who ate my food has raised his heel against me.' 
From now on I am telling you before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe that I AM. 
Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me." 

“No slave is greater than his master”

Just as Christ carried out the work of redemption in poverty and persecution, so the Church is called to follow the same route that it might communicate the fruits of salvation to men. Christ Jesus, “though he was by nature God… emptied himself, taking the nature of a slave” (Phil 2:6), and “being rich, became poor” (2 Cor 8:9) for our sakes. Thus, the Church, although it needs human resources to carry out its mission, is not set up to seek earthly glory, but to proclaim, even by its own example, humility and self-sacrifice. Christ was sent by the Father “to bring good news to the poor, to heal the contrite of heart” (Lk 4:18), “to seek and to save what was lost” (Lk 19:10). Similarly, the Church encompasses with love all who are afflicted with human suffering and in the poor and afflicted sees the image of its poor and suffering Founder. It does all it can to relieve their need and in them it strives to serve Christ…

The Church, “… presses forward amid the persecutions of the world and the consolations of God” (St. Augustine), announcing the cross and death of the Lord until he comes” (cf. 1 Cor 11:26). By the power of the risen Lord it is given strength that it might, in patience and in love, overcome its sorrows and its challenges, both within itself and from without, and that it might reveal to the world, faithfully though darkly, the mystery of its Lord until, in the end, it will be manifested in full light.

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