Martyrs Paramon and 370 others, at Bithynia (250). Martyr Philoumenus of Ancyra, and with him Martyrs Valerian and Phaedrus (274). St. Acacius, who is mentioned in The Ladder (6th c.).
Hieromartyr Saturninus, first bishop of Toulouse (ca. 257). Hieromartyr Abibus, bishop of Nekresi in Georgia (6th c.). St. Nectarius the Obedient, of the Kiev Caves (12th c.).
Hieromartyr Dionysius, bishop of Corinth (182). St. Pitirim of Egypt, disciple of St. Anthony the Great (4th c.). St. Tiridates, king of Armenia (4th c.). St. Brendan of Birr (571). St. Radboud, bishop of Utrecht (917).
Repose of Blessed Abel “the Prophet,” of Valaam (1831).
Wednesday. [II Tim. 4:9-22; Luke 20:1-8]
The priests, scribes and elders did not believe in the
Lord. In order to raise them up to faith He offered them a
question: the baptism of John, was it from heaven, or
of men? Reason about this without bias and your
reasoning will bring you to faith. What is said about
John’s appearing can be said about every event
accompanying the Lord’s coming in the flesh, and
about His very coming, and all that comes into contact
with it. Let each person reason about all of
this—the conclusion will be the same: “truly
this was the Son of God.” Various thoughts can come,
confusion can arise, what seems like incongruities can be
encountered; but at the end of all investigations one
universal conviction will come: that it is impossible to
think any other way than as is shown in the Gospels and
apostolic writings. Great is the mystery of godliness:
God is manifest in the flesh (I Tim. 3:16).This
remains a mystery, but it will be clear to the mind
according to the moral necessity which the mind’s
own investigation will apply to itself—to confess
this way, and in no other way. Unbelievers either do not
investigate at all as they ought, or they investigate
superficially, with a mind alien to it, or they accept a
wretched frame of mind that is opposed to what faith would
require. The most insignificant refutation of the faith is
enough for them, in order to justify their unbelief. The
words of unbelievers shake believers, because believers
are satisfied with simple faith, and do not seek
clarification of the foundations of faith. Those words
take them unawares; that is why they are shaken.