Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Wednesday in Epiphany 5: Truly God by nature

Opening Sentence
Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. Isaiah 60:3

Collect of the Day
Set us free, O God, from the bondage of our sins, and give us the liberty of that abundant life which you have made known to us in your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and
for ever. Amen.

Psalter: Psalm 119:97-120

Mem


Nun


Samekh


Lessons: Genesis 27:1-29, Romans 12:1-8, John 8:12-20

Who can rightly say, "I am the light of the world," except the one who is truly God by nature? Let the Pharisees go through the entire divinely inspired Scripture and search into the sacred and divine Word and show us who of the holy prophets ever dared to say such a thing or when an angel ever made such a claim. . . . The crowd of Pharisees thought that he spoke falsely. In their exceeding foolishness, they had no idea that there are those who set forth their own nature and tell what is essentially inherent in them, not out of boasting or because they are bent on making a name for themselves. Rather, they are simply declaring what they really are. . . . And so, even when our Savior Christ says that he is the light, he is speaking the truth and will not be found boasting. . . . But they attack him as though he is one of us. Without hesitation they say "Your record is not true" of the one who cannot lie. And yet, he decided to lead by the hand those who had gone astray . . . telling them what they had missed about him when they committed sacrilege by ascribing love of lying to him who is from above and begotten of God the Father.

Cyril of Alexandria

Here I Am to Worship