On September 21 each year the Orthodox Church celebrates the prophet Jonah. His story is not the usual one when it comes to prophets. We normally have this image of an Old Testament prophet as being someone who had brought themselves close to God, and as a consequence they were able through the Holy Spirit to reveal certain future events in order to guide the people of Israel.
“Bear with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgive each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive” Colossians 3:13.
This verse is from St Paul’s Epistle to the Colossians, which was written in his time in prison in Rome, and provides guidance for every aspect of our daily lives.
This passage, given below, describes an encounter between Christ and two men who were travelling to the town of Emmaus (possibly derived from the Semitic word for “hot-spring”). One, Clopas or Cleopas is named, and it is traditionally understood that the unnamed man was St Luke the Evangelist himself. This article will answer a few questions which people may have about this passage.