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Friday, September 1, 2017

And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up; and he went to the synagogue, as his custom was, on the sabbath day. And he stood up to read; and there was given to him the book of the prophet Isaiah. He opened the book and found the place where it was written, ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable/favorable year of the Lord.’ And he closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant, and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. And he began to say to them, ‘Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.’” (Lk 4: 16-21)

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

 

For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and rebuke many people; They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore. O house of Jacob, come and let us walk in the light of the Lord.” (Is 2: 3-5)

 

This is a passage from today’s reading of the Prophet Isaiah, from whose book(s) we read on the weekdays of Byzantine Lent, at the service of the Sixth Hour. How awe-inspiring, to go back and “remember” God preparing us, humanity, for the Light; for His Son, Who was to come and teach us, that we not “learn war anymore.” We thus step into the “shadow” of the Old Testament during Lent, so that we re-discover a...

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