Saint Matthew 13:36-43.
Book of Exodus
The tent, which was called the meeting tent, Moses used to pitch
at some distance away, outside the camp. Anyone who wished to consult the LORD would go to this
meeting tent outside the camp.
Whenever Moses went out to the tent, the people would all rise
and stand at the entrance of their own tents, watching Moses until he entered the tent.
Moses entered the tent, the column of cloud would come down and stand at its entrance while the LORD
spoke with Moses.
On seeing the column of cloud stand at the entrance of the tent, all the
people would rise and worship at the entrance of their own tents.
The LORD used to speak to
Moses face to face, as one man speaks to another. Moses would then return to the camp, but his young
assistant, Joshua, son of Nun, would not move out of the tent.
Having come down in a cloud,
the LORD stood with him there and proclaimed his name, "LORD."
Thus the LORD passed before
him and cried out, "The LORD, the LORD, a merciful and gracious God, slow to anger and rich in
kindness and fidelity,
continuing his kindness for a thousand generations, and forgiving
wickedness and crime and sin; yet not declaring the guilty guiltless, but punishing children and
grandchildren to the third and fourth generation for their fathers' wickedness!"
Moses at once
bowed down to the ground in worship.
Then he said, "If I find favor with you, O Lord, do come
along in our company. This is indeed a stiff-necked people; yet pardon our wickedness and sins, and
receive us as your own."
So Moses stayed there with the LORD for forty days and forty nights,
without eating any food or drinking any water, and he wrote on the tablets the words of the
covenant, the ten commandments.Psalms 103(102):6-7.8-9.10-11.12-13.
The LORD does righteous deeds, brings
justice to all the oppressed.
His ways were revealed to Moses, mighty deeds to the people of
Merciful and gracious is the LORD, slow to anger, abounding in kindness.
does not always rebuke, nurses no lasting anger,
Has not dealt with us as our sins merit, nor
requited us as our deeds deserve.
As the heavens tower over the earth, so God's love towers
over the faithful.
As far as the east is from the west, so far have our sins been removed
As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on the
faithful.Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 13:36-43.
dismissing the crowds, he went into the house. His disciples approached him and said, "Explain to us
the parable of the weeds in the field."
He said in reply, "He who sows good seed is the Son
the field is the world, the good seed the children of the kingdom. The weeds are the
children of the evil one,
and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the
age, and the harvesters are angels.
Just as weeds are collected and burned (up) with fire, so
will it be at the end of the age.
The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out
of his kingdom all who cause others to sin and all evildoers.
They will throw them into the
fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.
Then the righteous will
shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears ought to
hear.Commentary of the day
The letter to Diognetus (c.200)Ch 8
God, the Lord and
maker of all things, who created the world and set it in order, not only loved man but was also
patient with him. Thus he has always been, and is, and always will be kind, good, free from anger,
truthful; indeed, he and he alone is good. He devised a plan, a great and wonderful plan, and shared
it only with his Son. As long as he kept this secret and preserved his own wise counsel, he seemed
to be neglecting us, to have no concern for us. But when, through his beloved Son, he revealed and
made public what he had prepared from the very beginning, he gave us all at once gifts such as we
could never have dreamt of: even the sight and knowledge of
After God had made all his plans in
consultation with his Son, he waited until a later time, allowing us to follow our own whim, to be
swept along by unruly passions, led astray by pleasure and desire. Not that he was pleased by our
sins: he only tolerated them. Not that he approved of that time of sin: he was planning this era of
holiness. When we had been shown to be undeserving of life, his goodness consisted in making us
worthy of it. When we had made it clear that we could not enter God's kingdom by our own power, we
were enabled to do so by the power of God... He did not show hatred for us or reject us or take
vengeance; instead, he was patient with us.