October 21 Epistle Reading

Colossians 4:2-9

2 Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; 3 meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains, 4 that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak. 5 Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. 6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. 7 Tychicus, a beloved brother, faithful minister, and fellow servant in the Lord, will tell you all the news about me. 8 I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that he may know your circumstances and comfort your hearts, 9 with Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They will make known to you all things which are happening here.

Clement of Stromata wrote in his Book V:

“And he still more clearly reveals that knowledge belongs not to all, by adding: “Praying at the same time for you, that God would open a door to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am bound; that I may make it known as I ought to speak.”

St. Isaac says:

“You cannot approach God without constant prayer.”

“Every prayer which does not tire the body and make the heart contrite is like an abortive child: for such a prayer is without soul.”

St. John Climacus in the Ladder of Divine Ascent says in Ch. 28, I:

“In quality prayer is communion (co-existence, merging into one being) and union of man with God. In action, it is what the world stands by, reconciliation with God, the mother of tears and again their daughter, propitiation for sin, a bridge over temptations, a wall against sorrows, the cessation of warfare, the doing of angels, the food of all incorporal spirits, the future bliss, a doing without end or limit, the source of virtues, the seeker and finder of gifts, invisible achievement, food of the soul, light of the mind, the sword cutting off despair, the evidence of hope, the loosing of the bonds of sorrow, the riches of monks, the treasure of hesychasts, the graduate decrease of anger to nought, the mirror of achievement, the measure of a man’s degree, the evidence of spiritual state, the foreteller of the future, the sign of glorification. For a man who truly prays, prayer is the torture chamber, the court of justice and the throne of the Lord even before the thron of the future.”

“Prayer is estrangement from the world both visible and invisible.”

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