September 24 Epistle Reading

Ephesians 6:18 – 24

18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints– 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. 21 But that you also may know my affairs and how I am doing, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, will make all things known to you; 22 whom I have sent to you for this very purpose, that you may know our affairs, and that he may comfort your hearts. 23 Peace to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.

St. John Chrysostom in his Homily XXIV on Ephesians VI said:

“As the word has power to do all things, so aso has he who has the spiritual gift. ‘For the word of God,’ he says, ‘is living, and active and sharper than any two edged sword’ (Heb.4:12) …By the ‘word of God’ in this place, he means on the one hand the ordinances of God, or the word of command, on the other that it is in the Name of Christ. For if we keep his commandments, by these we will kill and slay the dragon himself, ‘the crooked serpent’ (Isa.27:1) …’With all prayer and supplication,’ …Do not limit it, I say, to certain times of the day, for hear what he is saying: approach at all times, ‘pray without ceasing’ (I Th. 5:17).”

“Have you never heard of that widow, how by her importunity she prevailed? (Lk.18:1-17). Have you never heard of that friend, who at midnight shamed his friend into yielding by his perseverence? (Lk.11:5-8). Have you not heard of the Syro-phoenician woman (Mk.7:25-30), how by the constancy of her entreaty she called forth the Lord’s compasion? All of these gained their object by their importunity.”

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