September 30 Gospel Reading

Luke 6:12-19

12 Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. 13 And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He chose twelve whom He also named apostles: 14 Simon, whom He also named Peter, and Andrew his brother; James and John; Philip and Bartholomew; 15 Matthew and Thomas; James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon called the Zealot; 16 Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot who also became a traitor. 17 And He came down with them and stood on a level place with a crowd of His disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem, and from the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear Him and be healed of their diseases, 18 as well as those who were tormented with unclean spirits. And they were healed. 19 And the whole multitude sought to touch Him, for power went out from Him and healed them all.

Eusebius wrote in Ecclesiastical History 1.10:

“But our Lord and Savior, not very long after the beginning of his preaching, called the twelve apostles and to them alone of all his disciples he gave the name of apostles as a special honor. Later he proclaimed seventy others, and them also he sent out two by two in advance of himself into every place and city where he himself was to come.”

And in Proof of the Gospel 3.5.120, Eusebius again wrote:

“If you listen to Luke, you will not hear him calling Matthew a publican not subordinating him to Thomas, for he knows him to be greater, and puts him first and Thomas second. Mark has done the same…. So Luke honored Matthew, according to what they delivered, who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the Word.”

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