Martyrs Eustratius, Auxentius, Eugene, Mardarius, and Orestes, at Sebaste (284-305). Virgin-martyr Lucy (Lucia) of Syracuse (304).
St. Arsenius of Mt. Latros (11th c.). St. Arcadius, monk, of Novotorzhok (1077). St. Mardarius, recluse, of the Kiev Caves (13th c.). St. Dositheus, metropolitan of Moldavia (1693).
St. Herman, Wonderworker of Alaska (1836). St. Columba of Terryglass and Holy Island on Lough Derg (Ireland) (549). St. Aubertus, bishop (Neth.) (668). St. Odilia, virgin and abbess, of Alsace (Gaul) (720). St. Gabriel, patriarch of Serbia (1659).
Repose of Schemamonk Panteleimon “the Resurrected,” of Glinsk Hermitage (1895), Blessed Maximus of Ustiug (1906), Bishop Theodore, wonderworker of Trolov Convent in Kiev (1924), Hieromonk Joel of Valaam (1937), and Archimandrite Gerasim Iscu of Tismana Monastery (Romania) (1951).
Tuesday. [Heb. 9:8-10, 15-23; Mark 8:22-26]
The Lord did not heal the blind man of
Bethsaida right off—He first healed him a little,
and then completely, so that he began to see everything
clearly. Why the Lord did this is known to Him Alone. We
can get from this the following thought: if it was
considered necessary to heal bodily vision gradually, then
even further is such gradualness indispensable in the
enlightenment of the eyes of our mind. So it was. In the
patriarchal period, God-revealed knowledge was not
intricate; in the period under the law it became more
intricate and detailed; in our Christian period it is even
more detailed and exalted; but is this the end? Do not
expect anything higher on the earth; it will be [revealed]
in the other world. Two holy apostles assure us of this:
saints John and Paul. Now we see everything through a
glass darkly; but then we will see everything clearly. But
even there, there will be degrees of enlightenment of the
mind, for the sphere of the knowledge of God is boundless.
God’s revelation on earth is already complete; there
is no point in dreaming about something higher. We have
everything we need; learn it and live by it. Christian
revelation does not promise new revelation in the future,
but only that the Gospels will be known in the whole
world, and that this universality and generality of
knowledge of the Gospels is the limit to the existence of
the current order of things. After this, faith will
weaken, love will dry up, life will become
difficult—and God’s goodness will put an end
to the world.