Friday Oct. 31st, 2014

Today’s commemorated feasts and saints

Holy Wonderworkers and Unmercenaries Cosmas and Damian of Mesopotamia, and their mother, St. Theodota. Hieromartyrs John the Bishop and Jacob (James) the Presbyter, of Persia (ca. 345). Martyrs Cyrenia and Juliana in Cilicia (4th c.). Martyr Hermenegild the Goth of Spain (586). Martyrs Cæsarius, Dacius, Sabbas, Sabinian, Agrippa, Adrian, and Thomas, at Damascus (7th c.). Monk Martyrs Jacob, Jacob the Deacon, and Dionysius, of Prodromou (Mt. Athos—1520).

 

2 Corinthians 3:12-18 (Epistle)

12Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech –13unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away.14But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ.15But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart.16Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.17Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.18But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

 

Luke 8:16-21 (Gospel)

16No one, when he has lit a lamp, covers it with a vessel or puts it under a bed, but sets it on a lampstand, that those who enter may see the light.17For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light.18Therefore take heed how you hear. For whoever has, to him more will be given; and whoever does not have, even what he seems to have will be taken from him.19Then His mother and brothers came to Him, and could not approach Him because of the crowd.20And it was told Him by some, who said, “Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see You.”21But He answered and said to them, “My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it.”

 

The New King James Version text of the New Testament is provided courtesy of the Thomas Nelson Publishing Company