Great-martyr Barbara and Martyr Juliana (306), at Heliopolis in Syria. St. John Damascene, monk of St. Sabbas Monastery (760).
St. John, bishop of Polybotum (716). St. Gennadius, archbishop of Novgorod (1504).
New Hieromartyr Seraphim, archbishop of Phanarion and Neochorion (1601).
Twenty Ninth Sunday After Pentecost. [Col. 3:4-11; Luke
Ten lepers were healed, but only one
came to thank the Lord. Isn’t there generally a
similar proportion of people who are grateful after
receiving benefactions from the Lord? Who has not received
good things; or, rather, what do we have in us, or what
ever happens to us that is not good for us? Even so, is
everyone grateful to God, and does everyone give thanks
for everything? There are even those who permit themselves
to ask, “Why did God give us existence? It would be
better for us not to exist.” God gave you existence
so that you would be in eternal bliss; He gave you
existence as a gift, as a gift He has furnished you with
every means for attaining eternal bliss. The job depends
on you: you need only to labour a bit for this. You say,
“But I have only sorrows, poverty, diseases,
misfortunes.” Well, these are also some of the ways
to attain eternal bliss. Be patient. Your entire life is
less than a moment compared with eternity. Even if you had
to suffer unceasingly your entire life, against eternity
it is nothing; and you still have moments of consolation.
Do not look at the present, but at what is prepared for
you in the future, and concern yourself with making
yourself worthy of that; then you will not notice the
sorrows. They will all be swallowed up by unquestioning
hope in eternal consolations, and your lips will never
cease to utter thanks.