- Monday, 18 October 2021 : Second Letter to Timothy 4:10-17b.
Beloved: Demas, enamored of the present world, deserted me and went to Thessalonica, Crescens to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia. Luke is the only one with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is helpful to me in the ministry. I have sent Tychicus to Ephesus. When you come, bring the cloak I left with Carpus in Troas, the papyrus rolls, and especially the parchments. Alexander the coppersmith did me a great deal of harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds. You too be on guard against him, for he has strongly resisted our preaching. At my first defense no one appeared on my behalf, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them! But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the proclamation might be completed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was rescued from the lion's mouth.
- Monday, 18 October 2021 : Psalms 145(144):10-11.12-13ab.17-18.
Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD, and let your faithful ones bless you. And let your faithful ones bless you. Let them discourse of the glory of your Kingdom and speak of your might. Making known to men your might and the glorious splendor of your Kingdom. The LORD is faithful in all his words and holy in all his works. The LORD is just in all his ways and holy in all his works. The LORD is just in all his ways And holy in all his works. The LORD is near to all who call upon him, to all who call upon him in truth.
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- Monday, 18 October 2021 : Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 10:1-9.
The Lord Jesus appointed seventy-two others whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit. He said to them, "The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest. Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves. Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals; and greet no one along the way. Into whatever house you enter, first say, 'Peace to this household.' If a peaceful person lives there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you. Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you, for the laborer deserves his payment. Do not move about from one house to another. Whatever town you enter and they welcome you, eat what is set before you, cure the sick in it and say to them, 'The kingdom of God is at hand for you.'"
- Monday, 18 October 2021 : Commentary Anonymous Byzantine life of Saint Luke
When, after abandoning the darkness of error to bind himself to God's love, Paul was joined to the number of the disciples, Luke went with him everywhere and became his travelling companion (Acts 16:10 f.). (…) He got on with him so well, was so close to him and shared all his graces so nearly that Paul, in writing to the faithful, called Luke his “beloved” (Col 4:14). From Jerusalem and the country round about as far as Dalmatia (Rom 15:19) he preached the Gospel with him. From Judea to Rome he shared the same chains with him, the same work, the same difficulties, the same shipwrecks. He desired to receive the same prize with him since he had shared the same labors. Having acquired the gift of preaching along with Paul and won over and led so many peoples to the love of God, Luke truly seemed like the Savior's loving and beloved disciple in addition to being the evangelist who wrote his sacred history. For formerly he had followed the Lord (cf. Lk 10:1), gathered together the testimonies of his first servants (Lk 1:1) and received inspiration from on high. It was this evangelist who related the mystery of Gabriel, the messenger sent to the Virgin to announce joy to the whole world. It was he who told in full the birth of Christ, showing us the newborn child lying in a manger and describing shepherds and angels shouting for joy. (…) He reports the parabolic teachings in greater number than the other evangelists. And just as he makes known to us the descent of the Word of God to earth, so too he describes his Ascension to heaven and return to the Father's throne (24:51). (…) But in Luke, grace does not stop there. His speech is not limited to serving the Gospel alone. At the end of Christ's miracles he also relates the Acts of the Apostles. (…) Luke was not just a spectator of all those things but really participated in them. And that is why he put so much care into teaching us about them.
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