Gospel of the day
Tuesday August 30, 2016
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.
Commentary A Greek 4th century homily
I’m not presenting you with a fabrication of unheard of novelty but the very same thing the prophets wrote about beforehand in the Old Testament. Haven’t you heard Moses’ cry: “The Lord will raise up for you among your brothers a prophet like myself”? (Dt 18:18). Haven’t you heard Isaiah proclaim: “Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son”? (Is 7:14)… Haven’t you heard David declare: “He will descend like rain on the fleece” (Ps 71:6)… Believe the prophets, then; understand the reality they show forth and you will find Jesus the Nazarene (Mt 2:23). Behold, I have shown you the way: let him who wishes follow it! See, I have lit the torch: come out of the darkness! Jesus the Nazarene: I speak his name and country… I am not saying: Jesus, who spread out the vault of heaven, who set alight the rays of the sun, who traced the constellations in the sky, who lit the lamp of the moon, who appointed its time to the day, who assigned its course to the night, who established dry land on the waters, who checked the sea by his word… Jesus the Nazarene: he of whom Nathanael exclaimed in his doubt: “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” “Jesus the Nazarene,” the apostle Peter said, “the man whose mission God made known by accomplishing mighty deeds, wonders and signs through him”… Yes! “Jesus the Nazarene, the man whom God himself has commended to you” (Acts 2,22).
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