- Tuesday, 03 December 2019 -
Tuesday of the First week of Advent
Readings of day

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 10:21-24.

Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him."
Turning to the disciples in private he said, "Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.
For I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it."
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Antony the Great
"I bless you Father, Lord of heaven and earth" (Mt 11:25)

The truly intelligent person pursues one sole objective: to obey and conform to the God of all. With this single aim in view he disciplines his soul, and whatever he may encounter in the course of life, he gives thanks to God for the compass and depth of providential ordering of all things. For it is absurd to be grateful to doctors who give us bitter and unpleasant medicines to cure our bodies, and yet to be ungrateful to God for what appears to be harsh, not grasping that all we encounter is for our benefit in accordance with His providence. For knowledge of God and faith in Him is the salvation and perfection of the soul. (…) The unintelligent do not take this into account; they do not understand that things happen for our benefit, rightly and as they should, so that virtues may shine and we ourselves be crowned by God. (…) Only to ourselves does God listen. Only to us does God manifest Himself. God loves us and, wherever we may be, God is there too. Humans alone are counted worthy to worship God. For their sake God transforms Himself. For their sake God has created everything: earth and heaven and the beauty of the stars. They cultivate the earth for themselves; but if they fail to recognize how great, is God's providence, their souls lack all spiritual understanding. (…) On earth God has established birth and death; and in heaven, providence and necessity. All things were made for our sakes and for our salvation. Since God is not, himself, in need of any good thing, it was for us he created heaven, earth and the four elements, freely granting us the enjoyment of every blessing. (…) Thanksgiving of itself is more pleasing to God than any lavish sacrifice. To him be glory through all the ages. Amen.

Exhortations, nos. 2-3, 132-133, 137, 170 (The Philokalia; trans. G.E.H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, Kallistos Ware)