Tuesday, September 1, 2015

“What is there about his speech? He commands the unclean spirits with authority and power.” Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 4:31-37.

First Letter to the Thessalonians 5:1-6.9-11. 

Concerning times and seasons, brothers and sisters, you have no need for anything to be written to you. 
For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief at night. 
When people are saying, "Peace and security," then sudden disaster comes upon them, like labor pains upon a pregnant woman,and they will not escape. 
But you, brothers, are not in darkness, for that day to overtake you like a thief. 
For all of you are children of the light and children of the day. We are not of the night or of darkness. 
Therefore, let us not sleep as the rest do, but let us stay alert and sober. 
For God did not destine us for wrath, but to gain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 
who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live together with him. 
Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up, as indeed you do. 

Psalms 27(26):1.4.13-14. 
The LORD is my light and my salvation; 
whom should I fear? 
The LORD is my life's refuge; 
of whom should I be afraid? 

One thing I ask of the LORD 
this I seek: 
to dwell in the house of the LORD 
all the days of my life, 
that I may gaze on the loveliness of the LORD 
and contemplate his temple.  

I believe that I shall see the bounty of the LORD 
in the land of the living. 
Wait for the LORD with courage; 
be stouthearted, and wait for the LORD. 

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 4:31-37. 

Jesus then went down to Capernaum, a town of Galilee. He taught them on the sabbath,
and they were astonished at his teaching because he spoke with authority. 
In the synagogue there was a man with the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out in a loud voice, 
Ha! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are--the Holy One of God!
Jesus rebuked him and said, "Be quiet! Come out of him!" Then the demon threw the man down in front of them and came out of him without doing him any harm. 
They were all amazed and said to one another, "What is there about his word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out." 
And news of him spread everywhere in the surrounding region. 

“What is there about his speech?
 He commands the unclean spirits with authority and power.”

“God’s word is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword.” (Heb 4:12)… It acts in the creation of the world, in the world’s running and in its redemption. For what is more effective and stronger? “Who can tell the mighty deeds of the Lord, or proclaim all his praises?” (Ps 106:2)

The Word’s effectiveness manifests itself in its works; it also manifests itself in preaching. The Word does not return to God without having produced its effect, but all to whom it is sent benefit from it (Isa 55:11). It is “effective and sharper than any two-edged sword” when it is received with faith and love. What is impossible to the person who believes, what is difficult to the person who loves? When the words of God ring out, they pierce the believer’s heart like “sharp arrows of a warrior.” (Ps 120:4) They enter the heart like spears and settle in its most intimate depths. Yes, this Word is sharper than a two-edged sword, for it is more incisive than any other strength or power, more subtle than every subtlety of the human genius, sharper than every learned perception by the human word.

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