Apostle of the Seventy and Hieromartyr Symeon the Kinsman of the Lord, bishop of Jerusalem (107).
St. Eulogius the Hospitable, of Constantinople (6th c.). St. Stephen, abbot of the Kiev Caves and bishop of Vladimir in Volhynia (1094).
Glorification of New Hieromartyr Hilarion (Troitsky), archbishop of Verey (1999).
St. Pollion the Reader, of Cibalis in Pannonia (306). St. Nicon, abbot, of the monastery of St. Gerasimus (6th c.). St. Floribert, bishop of Luik (Neth.) (746). St. John the Confessor, abbot, of Cathares Monastery at Constantinople (832). Burning of the relics of St. Sava I of Serbia by the Turks (1595).
Tuesday. [Acts 4:1–10; John 3:16–21]
He that believeth not in the Son of
God is condemned already (John 3:18). For what? For
the fact that when light is all around, he remains in
darkness, due to his love for it. Love of darkness and
hatred of the light make him entirely to blame, even
without his determining where the truth lies; because he
who has sincere love for the truth will be led by this
love from the darkness of deception to the light of truth.
One example is the holy apostle Paul. He was a sincere
lover of the truth, devoted with all his soul to what he
considered to be true, without any self-interest.
Therefore, as soon as he was shown that the truth lay not
in what he considered to be true, that very moment he cast
aside the old—which proved to be untrue—and
cleaved with all his heart to the new, which was tangibly
proven to be the truth. The same occurs with every sincere
lover of truth. The truth of Christ is clear as day: seek
and ye shall find. Help from above is always ready for one
who sincerely seeks. Therefore, if someone remains in the
darkness of unbelief, it is only due to his love for that
darkness, and for this he is already condemned.