Saturday, July 31, 2021
St. Gregory the Theologian (of Nazianzus)
 Hear instruction and be wise,
and do not neglect it.
 Happy is the man who listens to me,
watching daily at my gates,
waiting beside my doors.
 For he who finds me finds life
and obtains favor from the LORD;
 but he who misses me injures himself;
all who hate me love death.”
 Sow for yourselves righteousness,
reap the fruit of steadfast love;
break up your fallow ground,
for it is the time to seek the LORD,
that he may come and rain salvation upon you.
 They hate him who reproves in the gate,
and they abhor him who speaks the truth.
 Therefore because you trample upon the poor
and take from him exactions of wheat,
you have built houses of hewn stone,
but you shall not dwell in them;
you have planted pleasant vineyards,
but you shall not drink their wine.
 For I know how many are your transgressions,
and how great are your sins —
you who afflict the righteous, who take a bribe,
and turn aside the needy in the gate.
 Therefore he who is prudent will keep silent in such a time;
for it is an evil time.
 Seek good, and not evil,
that you may live;
and so the LORD, the God of hosts, will be with you,
as you have said.
 For David says concerning him, `I saw the Lord always before me,
for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken;
 therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;
moreover my flesh will dwell in hope.
 For thou wilt not abandon my soul to Hades,
nor let thy Holy One see corruption.
 Thou hast made known to me the ways of life;
thou wilt make me full of gladness with thy presence.’
 “Brethren, I may say to you confidently of the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.
 Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants upon his throne,
 he foresaw and spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption.
 This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses.
 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
 He who is a hireling and not a shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.
 He flees because he is a hireling and cares nothing for the sheep.
 I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me,
 as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.
 And I have other sheep, that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will heed my voice. So there shall be one flock, one shepherd.
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