Gospel of the day

Thursday September 29, 2016

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 1:47-51.

Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, "Here is a true child of Israel. There is no duplicity in him." Nathanael said to him, "How do you know me?" Jesus answered and said to him, "Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree." Nathanael answered him, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel." Jesus answered and said to him, "Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this." And he said to him, "Amen, amen, I say to you, you will see the sky opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man."


Commentary Symeon the New Theologian
I give thanks to you, my God, because you have enabled me to live, to know and to worship you. For life is “to know you the only true God” (Jn 17,3), O Creator and Author of all, unbegotten, uncreated, without source, unique, and the Son begotten of you, and Most Holy Spirit proceeding from you: threefold unity worthy of all praise... What glory or light of immortality is there among angels and archangels, Sovereignties, cherubim and seraphim and all other heavenly hosts; what joy is there, what radiance of insubstantial life if not the incomparable light of the Blessed Trinity?... Mention to me any being, corporeal or incorporeal, and you will find that God made them all. Should anyone talk to you about any beings whatsoever, those of heaven, of earth or those of the underworld, for them, too, and for all, there is only one life, one glory, one hope, one kingdom, one only treasure, joy, crown, victory, peace or splendor of any kind: and that is to know the origin and cause from which all has originated, all has come to birth. He is the one who upholds all things above and those below; He is the one who orders all the spiritual beings, He is the one who reigns over every visible being... These increased in knowledge and redoubled their fear when they saw Satan fall and his associates carried off by their presumption. Those who fell forgot it all, slaves of pride that they were; whereas all those who retained their knowledge, supported by fear and love, clung to their Lord. Thus the recognition of his lordship Resulted, too, in an increase of their love because they now saw better and more clearly the dazzling radiance of the Trinity.