The readings show that the Kingdom is no longer the monopoly of a chosen nation or people. “…because Israel has not obtained what He seeks for; rather those who were chosen have obtained it” (Rom. 11:7). Furthermore, the Gospel according to St. Matthew tells us “The Kingdom of God shall be taken from (Israel), and given to a nation bringing forth fruits” (Matt. 21:43). The Lord opens paradise to people from any nation or language since they have kept the covenant.
The prophesy from Genesis 6:1 – 9:6 relates the story of the flood and Noah’s ark, and is explained in the Gospel of the Third Hour of Wednesday vigil. The Gospel tells us “before the flood, the sons of men used to eat, drink, and multiply until the day Noah entered the ark as ordered by God (Matt. 24:36). They knew not about the flood by which “every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the earth” (Gen. 7:23). In the same way, on His second coming, all will be taken by surprise. In the same way eight people only were spared by the flood. “Who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while [the] ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water.” (I Peter 3:20). We must remember Jesus’ alarming words, “For many are called, but few are chosen” (Matt. 22:14). This gospel is read on the First Hour of the evening.
The readings of the Psalm and the Gospel, in perfect accordance, are inspired by the Holy Spirit to illustrate God sitting in His glory to judge and reward each one according to his acts. Psalm 44 exclaims, “Your throne, o God…”(Psalm 44:6). The Gospel makes a similar exclamation, saying “…on the throne of Your glory” (Matt. 25:31). Psalm 41 gives us the promise, “…in the day of distress, God shall save him” (Psalm 41:1). The Gospel echoes this encouragement, “And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did [it] to one of the least of these My brethren, you did to Me.’”(Matt. 25:40). The Psalms are sung as a beautiful symphony, glorifying the One seated on His throne.
Starting at the Eleventh Hour of Tuesday, we add “ My Good Savior” to “Thine is the glory…”. The Church wants us to realize that our Lord Jesus has specified the time of His crucifixion as we read the Gospel of that hour. “After two days is the feast of the Passover and the Son of Man shall be betrayed to be crucified” (Matt. 26:2).