Monday 30th November 2020
Nativity Fast: fish, wine and oil allowed
Holy and All-Praised Apostle Andrew the First-called (62)
Today we commemorate:
St. Frumentius, archbishop of and Enlightener of Ethiopia (c.380). St. Alexander, bishop of Mithymna on Lesbos.
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Tudwal, bishop in Wales and Brittany (6th C).
1 Timothy 1:1-7; Luke 19:37-44
For the Commemoration: 1 Corinthians 4:9-16; John 1:35-51
Readings in bold type are those appointed by the Typikon for use at the Liturgy
1 Timothy 1:1-7
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus according to the authority of God our Saviour and Christ Jesus our hope, to Timothy my true child in the faith, grace, mercy, peace, from God our Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. Now I urged you to stay in Ephesus while I went on to Macedonia so that you might instruct certain people not to teach error nor to pay attention to myths and interminable genealogies which promote disputes rather than God’s stewardship in faith. The aim of this commission is love from a pure heart, a good conscience and a sincere faith. But some have missed the mark, wandering off into useless babbling. They want to be teachers of the law, though they do not understand what they are talking about nor what it is they are so keen to affirm.
On the descent from the Mount of Olives, as Jesus came nearer, the whole company of disciples began to cheer and to praise God with a mighty voice for all the miracles they had seen, calling out, “Blessed is the King – he who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher! Rebuke your disciples.” But he answered them, “I tell you that if these were silent the stones would cry out.” When he came closer he saw the city and wept over it, saying, “On this your day if you, yes you, had only recognised where your peace lay! But now it is hidden from your sight. For the days will come upon you when your enemies will throw up a fortification against you, surround you and hem you in on every side. They will raze you to the ground with your children within you. They will not leave in you one stone upon another. All because you did not recognise the moment when you were visited.”
1 Corinthians 4:9-16
I think that God has exhibited us, the Apostles, in last place, like those appointed to die, because we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to people. We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, while you are the mighty ones. You are the honoured, we the dishonoured. Right up to the present time we hunger and thirst. We are ragged, battered and homeless. We labour, working with our own hands. Being cursed, we bless; being persecuted, we put up with it; being vilified, we encourage. We have become the scum of the earth, like everyone’s scraped off dirt, right up to the present time. I am not writing these things to shame you, but to reproach you, my beloved children. You may have ten thousand child-minders in Christ but you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus, through the Gospel, I became your father. I beg you, therefore, be imitators of me.
On the following day John was standing with two of his disciples. He saw Jesus as he walked by and said, “Look! The Lamb of God.” The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus. Turning and seeing them following, Jesus asked them, “What do you want?” They said to him, “Rabbi,” – which means Teacher – “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and see.” They went, saw where he was staying and remained with him that day. It was about the tenth hour. Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard John and had followed Jesus. First he found his own brother, Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” – which means Anointed. He brought him to Jesus who looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of Jonah. You shall be called Kephas” – which means Rock. The following day Jesus decided to go out into Galilee where he found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have discovered the one of whom Moses in the law and the prophets have written: Jesus the son of Joseph who is from Nazareth.” And Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip replied, “Come and see.” Jesus saw Nathanael approaching him and he said about him, “Look! An Israelite indeed in whom there is no guile.” Nathanael asked him, “How do you know me?” Jesus replied, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” Nathanael answered and said to him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God. You are the King of Israel.” Jesus said to him, “Because I told you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ you believe! You will see greater things than these.” He said to him, “Truly, truly, I tell you that you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”