Prophet Haggai (Aggaeus) (500 b.c.).
Martyr Marinus of Rome (283). Blessed Empress Theophania, wife of Byzantine Emperor Leo the Wise (893). St. Sophia, nun (in the world Solomonia), wife of Grand Duke Basil III of Moscow (1542).
New Hieromartyr Vladimir Alexeyev, priest, of Okhansk (1918). New Hieromartyr Arcadius (Ostalsky), bishop of Bezhetsk (1937).
St. Memnon, archbishop of Ephesus (ca. 440). St. Modestus II, patriarch of Jerusalem (634). St. Nicholas Chrysoberges, patriarch of Constantinople (995).
Friday. [Heb. 11:8, 11-16; Mark 9:33-41]
The Saviour sets forth a child as a
model of faith and life. Simplicity of faith gives birth
to simplicity of life; from both of these comes a model
moral system. Let philosophizing in here, and it will make
disorder within; under the appearance of better arranging
affairs, it will throw one’s entire life into
disorder. Philosophizing always cries, “This is not
so, that is not so; let me establish everything in a new
way; the old is worthless, boring.” But it has never
yet, in any place, arranged anything good; it only throws
things into confusion. The mind should obey what is
commanded by the Lord. True, the mind is called “the
tsar in the head”; however, this tsar is not given
legislative power—only executive power. As soon as
it starts making laws, it constructs it knows not what.
Moral, religious, worldly, and political orders are thrown
into confusion, and everything goes upside down. It is a
great misfortune for society when the mind in it is given
freedom to soar, with no restraint by Divine truth! This
is God’s wrath. About it is said, hide thyself a
little for a moment, until the indignation pass away
(Isaiah 26:20) During this apogee of mental
self-wilfulness it is best to wrap oneself in simplicity
of faith. Just as during a storm it is better to sit at
home and not step out to fight self-assuredly with it, so
during stormy self-mindedness it is better not to step out
into battle with it, or to seize the weapon of
philosophizing, or resist it. Simplicity of faith is
stronger than philosophizing; clothe yourself in it, like
in armour, and you will withstand.