Thursday Oct. 30th, 2014

Today’s commemorated feasts and saints

Hieromartyr Zenobius and his sister Zenobia, of Aegæ in Cilicia (285). Apostles Tertius, Mark, Justus, and Artemas, of the Seventy (1st c.). Hieromartyr Marcian, Bishop of Syracuse (2nd c.). Martyr Eutropia of Alexandria (ca. 250). Martyr Anastasia of Thessalonica (3rd c.). St. Stephen Miliutin, his brother Ven. Dragutin (Theoctistus in monasticism), and their mother, St. Helen (Jelena), of Serbia.

 

Colossians 1:24-29 (Epistle)

24I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church,25of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God,26the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints.27To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.28Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.29To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.

 

Luke 11:14-23 (Gospel)

14And He was casting out a demon, and it was mute. So it was, when the demon had gone out, that the mute spoke; and the multitudes marveled.15But some of them said, “He casts out demons by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.”16Others, testing Him, sought from Him a sign from heaven.17But He, knowing their thoughts, said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and a house divided against a house falls.18If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? Because you say I cast out demons by Beelzebub.19And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges.20But if I cast out demons with the finger of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.21When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are in peace.22But when a stronger than he comes upon him and overcomes him, he takes from him all his armor in which he trusted, and divides his spoils.23He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters.

 

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