Holy and All-Praised Apostle Philip (ca. 81-96).
St. Justinian the Emperor (565) and his wife St. Theodora (548). Repose of St. Alexander Nevsky (Alexis in schema), great prince of Novgorod (1263). St. Gregory Palamas, archbishop of Thessalonica (1360). St. Philip, founder of Irap Monastery (Novgorod) (1527).
New Hieromartyr Aristarchus (Zaglodin-Kokorev), hieromonk of St. Nicholas Peshnosha Monastery (Moscow) (1937).
St. Dyfrig, bishop in Hereford and Gwent, hermit, of Bardsey Island (ca. 550). St. Malo of Brittany (7th c.). Virgin Martyrs of Emesa (Syria) (779). St. Alberik, bishop of Utrecht (784). St. Fantinus the Younger, of Calabria (ca. 1000). New Martyr Panteleimon the Youth, of Asia Minor.
Repose of Archimandrite Lazarus (Moore) of Eagle River, Alaska (1992).
Tuesday. [I Tim. 1:8-14; Luke 14:25-35]
Salt is good: but if the salt have
lost his savor, wherewith shall it be seasoned? Salt
are the disciples of the Lord, who passed on His
directions to people, destroyed the moral rottenness in
those people. If we will call such teaching education,
then the title of salt should also pass to this. Then the
entire saying will look like this: education is a good
thing, but if education has lost its savor then what is it
fit for? Give it up! Education acts like salt when it is
filled with the principles and elements of the
Lord’s teaching, when it itself consists of
discipleship with the Lord; but as soon as it departs from
this, and gives alien teachings instead of the
Lord’s lessons, then it has lost its savour and
becomes unprofitable. It becomes infected with the
rottenness of delusion and lies, and begins to be not
healing, but infectious. History has confirmed and
continues to confirm this with experience everywhere. Why
doesn’t anybody heed experience? The enemy brings
darkness upon everyone and they all think that it is
light, when in their teachings they remain far from the
Monday. [I Tim. 1:1-7; Luke 14:12-15]
As an indicator of whom to invite to a
dinner take for yourself a rule: do not do anything for
your neighbor with a view to recompense from him here. But
this does not mean that you will spend everything in vain.
In due course all will be returned to you. In the Sermon
on the Mount about all God-pleasing deeds—prayer,
fasting, and alms—the Lord commanded to do them
secretly. Why? Because the Heavenly Father will reward you
openly. Therefore, a Christian should prepare future bliss
for himself through all his labours in life; he should
build himself an eternal home, and send provisions there
in advance for all eternity. This is not being mercenary,
because one’s own material interests as such are
limited to this life, while [the future] life is to
detriment of these interests. Furthermore, it is
impossible to live this way without faith, hope and love
towards the Lord. Acting according to the commandments in
hope of recompense is also an abstract action. And yet it
is closer and more distinct for the heart than anything
else which is too unreal, as for example to do good for
the sake of good. You will not find the latter anywhere in
Scriptures. The higher incentive is here: do everything
for the sake of the Lord and do not fear loss.