Great-martyr Anastasia of Rome, the Deliverer from Bonds (ca. 304), and her teacher Martyr Chrysogonus, and with them Martyrs Theodota, Evodias, Eutychianus, and others, who suffered under Diocletian (304).
St. Boris (Talantov) of Kostroma (1970).
Repose of Monk Dositheus, hermit, of the Roslavl Forests and Optina Monastery (1828).
Thursday. [James 1:19-27; Mark 10:17-27]
Someone turned to the Lord with a question: Good
Master, what shall I do that[mc1] I may inherit
eternal life? What necessitated this question? Were
there no scriptures? Was the law not read every
Saturday for everyone? There was everything—both
Scripture and its interpreters; but in society
difference of opinion went around and muddled everyone.
The Pharisees said one thing, the Sadducees another,
the Essenes, their own thing, the Samaritans their own.
In Galilee, perhaps even pagan teachings were heard,
and each put forth their own with a tone of conviction.
Anyone who was zealous for salvation naturally came to
the question: What should I do? What should I follow,
that my soul not be destroyed? Our situation now is
very similar those times. What teachings are not going
around our schools, in society, and in literature! For
the indifferent it is nothing; but they for whom every
teaching is not the same cannot but seek an answer to
the question, “What should I do?” So what
is the solution? The one the Saviour gave: Believe and
live as God commanded, and do not listen to
people’s talk; let them talk. The talk of
scientists is like rumours and fashion: today they say
one thing, tomorrow another. But you should heed only
God’s word, which abides unto the ages. What the
Lord commanded no philosophizing can revoke. Everything
must be done, and cannot be put off. The judgment
indeed will be according to the word of the Lord, and
not according to our philosophizing.