October 6 Gospel Reading

Luke 6:46 – 7:1

46 “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do the things which I say? 47 Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: 48 He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. 49 But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.” 1 Now when He concluded all His sayings in the hearing of the people, He entered Capernaum.

St. Cyril of Alexandria said in his Commentary on the Gospel of St.Luke, Homily 34:

“If therefore we call Christ the Savior of us all, Lord, let us do the things which he says. For He teaches us Himself what the benefit is of our being willing to do that which is commanded, and what the loss is at our refusing to obey …He who does not obey is like a man building a house, having taken no care for its stability. For he who is obedient and tractable holds a thoroughly firm position in every thing that is honorable and good, by reason of his being not so much a hearer of the law, as a doer of its works. He therefore resembles a house firmly settled and having a foundation that cannot be shaken, so that even though temptations press upon him, and the savageness of the passions that dwell within us assail him like some winter torrent or a flood, he will sustain no serious loss. But he who merely inclines his ear to what Christ says, but stores nothing up in his mind, not performs anything that is commanded, on the other hand, is like a house just ready to fall. For he will be led away at once into things unseemly whenever pleasure allures him, and leads him into the pitfalls of sin.”

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