Commentary on The reading of the day provided by :
Philoxenes of Mabbug (?-c.523),
Bishop in Syria
Homily 1, 4-8
“Awake, O sleeper!” (Eph 5:14)
“Anyone who hears my words and puts them into practice is like the wise man who built his house on rock.”
So according to what our Master says, we must apply ourselves not only to listening to the word of God, but also to conforming our lives to it… Listening to the law is a good thing, for it incites us to virtuous actions.
We are right when we read and meditate the Scriptures, for that is how we purify our deepest soul of bad thoughts.
But assiduously reading, listening to and meditating on the word of God without putting it into practice is a fault, which the Spirit of God condemned in advance…
He even forbade the person with such a disposition to take the holy book into his hands.
God says to the wicked: “Why do you recite my statutes, and profess my covenant with your mouth, though you hate discipline and cast my words behind you?” (Ps 50:16-17) …
The person who assiduously reads the Scriptures without putting them into practice is accused by his reading; he deserves all the more serious condemnation because every day he despises and scorns what he hears every day.
He is like a dead person, a corpse without a soul.
You can blow thousands of trumpets and horns next to the ears of a dead person, he won’t hear them.
In the same way, the soul that is dead in sin, the heart which has lost the memory of God, does not hear the sound or the cries of the divine words, and the trumpet and the spiritual word make no impression on him.
That soul is plunged in the sleep of death…
Thus, God’s disciple must have anchored in his soul the memory of his Master, Jesus Christ, and he must think of him day and night.