St. Theodore the Sykeote, bishop of Anastasiopolis (613).
Holy Apostle Nathaniel of the Twelve, Apostles Apelles, Luke (not the Evangelist), and Clement, of the Seventy (1st c.). St. Vitalis, monk of the monastery of Abba Seridus at Gaza (609-620). Translation of the relics of St. Vsevolod (in holy baptism Gabriel), prince and wonderworker of Pskov (1834). New Hieromartyr Platon, bishop of Banja Luka (1941).
Martyr Epipodius of Lyons (ca. 177). Martyr Leonidas of Alexandria (202). St. Ananias, abbot, of Malles (Crete) (1907).
Repose of Blessed Fool-for-Christ Athanasius Andreyevich Saiko of Orel (1967) and Blessed Fool-for- Christ Ekaterina of Piukhtitsa Convent (Estonia) (1968).
Tuesday. [Acts 10:21–33; John 7:1–13]
The world cannot hate you; but me it
hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof
are evil (John 7:7). The Lord did not say this to His
disciples; to His disciples He foretold later that the
world would hate and persecute them also, because He has
taken them out of the world. So, note what the world
hates, and you will learn of Christ’s lot. The world
rebels most strongly against what is of Christ, what is
closest to Him, and more like unto His spirit. This is an
external indicator, but for those who live externally this
is enough. The world does not act on its own, but is
kindled in its works by its prince—satan, the works
of whom the Lord destroyed, and continues to destroy in
believers and with believers. He cannot do anything to the
Lord directly; this is why he directs his anger upon those
who believe in Him, so that in frustrating them he will
frustrate the Lord. He does not act directly in this, but
through his agencies, which make up the world. This does
not mean that he is strong; do not fear him, but rather be
bold, for the Lord overcame the world and the prince
thereof. Satan is not in a condition to do anything to one
who does not yield on his own.