"Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life." John 6:68



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Monday, 20 November 2017
Monday after the Sunday of the Announcement to Zechariah



Letter to the Romans 4,1-12.
What then are we to say was gained by Abraham, our ancestor according to the flesh?
For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.
For what does the scripture say? ‘Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.’
Now to one who works, wages are not reckoned as a gift but as something due.
But to one who without works trusts him who justifies the ungodly, such faith is reckoned as righteousness.
So also David speaks of the blessedness of those to whom God reckons righteousness irrespective of works:
‘Blessed are those whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered;
blessed is the one against whom the Lord will not reckon sin.’
Is this blessedness, then, pronounced only on the circumcised, or also on the uncircumcised? We say, ‘Faith was reckoned to Abraham as righteousness.’
How then was it reckoned to him? Was it before or after he had been circumcised? It was not after, but before he was circumcised.
He received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. The purpose was to make him the ancestor of all who believe without being circumcised and who thus have righteousness reckoned to them,
and likewise the ancestor of the circumcised who are not only circumcised but who also follow the example of the faith that our ancestor Abraham had before he was circumcised.


Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 8,31-37.
Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, ‘If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples;
and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.’
They answered him, ‘We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, "You will be made free"?’
Jesus answered them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin.
The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there for ever.
So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.
I know that you are descendants of Abraham; yet you look for an opportunity to kill me, because there is no place in you for my word.






 
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