Friday, 26 September 2008

Memorial of Saints Cosmas and Damian

According to Wikipedia, Saints Cosmas and Damian:

- were twins - born in Cilicia (south coastal region of the Anatolian peninsula, extending inland from the southeastern coast of Asia Minor)- died ca. 303
- practiced the art of healing in the seaport of Aegea in the Gulf of Issus, then in the Roman province of Syria
- were given the nickname anargyroi (The Silverless) - most commonly translated into English as "Unmercenaries" (as they accepted no payment for their services) - thus they led many to the Christian faith
- during the persecution under Diocletian (Emperor of the Roman Empire), they were arrested and ordered under torture to recant - they stayed true to their faith and thus enduring being hung on a cross, stoned and shot by arrows and finally suffered execution by beheading

Today's Bible Readings (26 Sep, Fri - 25th Week)

Ecclesiastes 3: 1-11
For everything there is an appointed time,
and an appropriate time for every activity on earth:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to uproot what was planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance.
A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to search, and a time to give something up as lost;
a time to keep, and a time to throw away;
A time to rip, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silent, and a time to speak.
A time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.
What benefit can a worker gain from his toil?
I have observed the burden that God has given to people to keep them occupied.
God has made everything fit beautifully in its appropriate time,
but he has also placed ignorance in the human heart
so that people cannot discover what God has ordained,
from the beginning to the end of their lives.

Luke 9: 18-22
Once when Jesus was praying by himself, and his disciples were nearby, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” They answered, “John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others that one of the prophets of long ago has risen.” Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered, “The Christ of God.” But he forcefully commanded them not to tell this to anyone, saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and experts in the law, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.”