December 16, 2011

Saturday after the Third Sunday in Advent, Ember Day

Saturday after the Third Sunday in Advent, Ember Day


Morning - Ps. 42, 43, Mal. 2:1-9, Mt. 9:35-10:15
Evening - Ps. 103, Mal. 3:1-6, Heb. 4:14-5:10


The commentary on Mathew 9:38 is adapted from Bishop J. C. Ryle's Expository Thoughts on the Gospels.

"[T]here is a solemn duty incumbent on all Christians, who would do good to the unconverted part of the world. They are to pray for more men to be raise up to the work of conversion of souls."

"If we know anything of prayer, let us make it a point of conscience never to forget this solemn charge of our Lord's. Let us settle it in our minds, that it is one of the surest ways of doing good, and stemming evil. Personal working for souls is good. Giving money is good. But praying is best of all. By prayer we reach Him without whom work and money are alike in vain. We obtain the aid of the Holy Ghost."

"The Holy Ghost alone can make ministers of the Gospel, and raise up lay workmen in the spiritual harvest, who need not to be ashamed. Never, never may we forget that if we would do good to the world, our first duty is to pray"