Monday 10th December 2018
Nativity Fast: fish, wine and oil allowed
Today we commemorate:
Holy martyrs Menas, Hermogenes, and Eugraphus of Alexandria (313). St. Thomas of Bithynia (10th C). St. Joasaph, bishop of Belgorod (1754). Holy Martyr Gemellus of Paphlagonia (361). Blessed John, King of Serbia (1503), and his parents Stephen (1468) and Angelina Brancovich (16th C).
Hebrews 3:5-11,17-19; Mark 8:11-21
Readings in bold type are those appointed by the Typikon for use at the Liturgy
Moses indeed was faithful in all his house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were afterwards to be spoken, but Christ as a Son, over his house; whose house are we, if we hold fast our boldness and the glorying of our hope firm to the end. Therefore, even as the Holy Spirit says, "Today if you will hear his voice, Do not harden your hearts, as in the provocation, Like as in the day of the trial in the wilderness, Where your fathers tested me by proving me, And saw my works for forty years. Therefore I was displeased with that generation, And said, 'They always err in their heart, But they did not know my ways;' As I swore in my wrath, 'They will not enter into my rest.'" ... With whom was he displeased forty years? was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? To whom did he swear that they should not enter into his rest, but to those who were disobedient? We see that they were not able to enter in because of unbelief.
The Pharisees came out and began to question him, seeking a sign from heaven from him, and tempting him. He sighed deeply in his spirit, and said, "Why does this generation seek a sign? Most assuredly I tell you, there will no sign be given to this generation." He left them, and again entering into the boat, departed to the other side. They forgot to take bread; and they did not have more than one loaf in the boat with them. He charged them, saying, "Take heed: beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod." They reasoned with one another, saying, "It is because we have no bread." Jesus, perceiving it, said to them, "Why do you reason that it is because you have no bread? Do not you perceive yet, neither understand? Is your heart still hardened? Having eyes, do not you see? Having ears, do not you hear? Do not you remember? When I broke the five loaves among the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?" They told him, "Twelve." "When the seven loaves fed the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?" They told him, "Seven." He asked them, "Do not you understand, yet?"