mai 282012
 

I de tradisjonelle tidebønnene er matutin kortere enn vanlige dager nå i pinseoktaven (som i påskeoktaven), med bare tre salmer (men lange salmer) og tre lesninger. Lesningene kommenterer hver dag messens evangelium. Slik er mandagens lesninger:

Joh. 3:16-21
For så høyt har Gud elsket verden at han gav sin Sønn, den enbårne, for at hver den som tror på ham, ikke skal gå fortapt, men ha evig liv. Gud sendte ikke sin Sønn til verden for å dømme verden, men for at verden skulle bli frelst ved ham. Den som tror på ham, blir ikke dømt. Den som ikke tror, er allerede dømt, fordi han ikke har trodd på Guds enbårne Sønns navn. Og dette er dommen, at lyset er kommet til verden, og menneskene elsket mørket høyere enn lyset, fordi deres gjerninger var onde. For den som gjør det onde, hater lyset og vil ikke komme til lyset, for at hans gjerninger ikke skal bli avslørt. Men den som følger sannheten, kommer til lyset, for at det skal bli klart at hans gjerninger er gjort i Gud.

Homily by St Augustin, Bishop of Hippo – 12th Tract on John
The Physician cometh that, as often as in him lieth, he may heal the sick man. He is his own destroyer who will not keep the commandments of the Physician. Into the world came the Saviour. Why is He called the Saviour of the world but because He came “into the world not to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved”? If thou willest not be saved through Him, thou wilt be condemned of thyself. And why say I that thou wilt be condemned Because it is written ” He that believeth in Him is not condemned.” What then canst thou hope that He will say of ” him that believeth not,” but that He will be condemned And indeed He doth say farther ” He that believeth not is condemned already.” He is condemned already, though the condemnation be not yet openly pronounced.

He is condemned already, for ” the Lord knoweth them that are His.” He knoweth them for whom is laid up the crown, and likewise them that are reserved unto the fire. His eye seeth in the field of the world the distinction of the wheat and of the straw, of the and of the tares. ” He that believeth not is condemned already.” And why ” Because he hath not believed in the Name of the Only-begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” ” Because their deeds were evil ” but, my brethren, is there one man of whom God findeth that his works are good No, not one. God findeth all works to be (in themselves) bad. How then do we hear that some there be who do truth, and come to the light For these words come anon ” But he that doeth truth, cometh to the light.”

But the Lord saith [of such as these, who are condemned already, because they believe not in Him] ” They loved darkness rather than light.” And here He maketh the great point [of difference between such, and them that do the truth.] There are many who have loved their sins there are many who have confessed their sins and he that confessed and denounceth his sin, is working already with God. God denounceth thy sins, and if thou denounce them likewise, then dost thou join thyself with God in His act. The man and the sinner are two different things. God made the man, and the man made the sinner. Put away thy work, and God will save His. Thou art behoven to hate in thyself thine own work, and to love God’s work. When thine own works begin to displease thee, then is it that thou beginnest to do well, because thou denouncest thine own evil works. The first thing to do, if thou wouldest do good works, is to acknowledge thine evil ones.

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