Gospel Reading: John 5:33-36
33 You sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth. 34
Not that the testimony which I receive is from man; but I say this
that you may be saved. 35 He was a burning and shining lamp, and
you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light. 36 But the
testimony which I have is greater than that of John; for the works
which the Father has granted me to accomplish, these very works
which I am doing, bear me witness that the Father has sent me.
Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 56:1-3,6-81 Thus says the Lord: "Keep justice, and do righteousness, for soon my salvation will come, and my deliverance be revealed.2 Blessed is the man who does this, and the son of man who holds it fast, who keeps the sabbath, not profaning it, and keeps his hand from doing any evil." 3 Let not the foreigner who has joined himself to the Lord say, "The Lord will surely separate me from his people"; and let not the eunuch say, "Behold, I am a dry tree." 6 "And the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord, to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord, and to be his servants, every one who keeps the sabbath, and does not profane it, and holds fast my covenant - 7 these I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples. 8 Thus says the Lord God, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, I will gather yet others to him besides those already gathered."
God reveals his light and truth to the humble of heart
Scripture tells us that God reveals himself to the lowly of heart, to those who trust not in themselves but in God alone (Matthew 11:25-27,29 and Luke 10:21-22). The lowly of heart listen to God's word with an eagerness to learn and to obey. The Lord Jesus reveals to us the very mind and heart of God. Through the gift of the Holy Spirit he opens our ears so that we may hear his voice and he fills our hearts and minds with the love and knowledge of God. Do you believe that God's word has power to set you free from the blindness of sin and deception? If you believe in his word you will know the truth and the truth will make you free to walk in his way of love and righteousness (John 8:32).
1 May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to
shine upon us, Selah
2 that your way may be known upon earth, your saving power among all nations.
3 Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you!
4 Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth.Selah
5 Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you!
6 The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, has blessed us.
7 God has blessed us; let all the ends of the earth fear him!
"All people are lamps because they can both be lighted and
extinguished... Only [Christ] is not a lamp. For he is not lighted
and extinguished, because "as the Father has life in himself, so
he has given to the Son to have life in himself." Therefore, the
apostles, too, are lamps. And they give thanks because they both
have been kindled by the light of truth and burn with the Spirit
of love, and the oil of Godís grace is available to them. If they
were not lamps, the Lord would not say to them, "You are the light
of the world" (Matthew 5:14). For after he said, "You are the
light of the world," he shows that they should not think they were
such a light as that of which it is said, "It was the true light
that enlightens everyone who comes into this world." (excerpt from TRACTATES ON THE GOSPEL OF JOHN
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