37th Week after Pentecost.
Holy Wonderworkers and Unmercenaries Cyrus and John, and Martyrs Athanasia and her daughters Theoctista, Theodota, and Eudoxia, at Canopus in Egypt (311). St. Nicetas, recluse of the Kiev Caves, bishop of Novgorod (1108).
Martyrs Victorinus, Victor, Nicephorus, Claudius, Diodorus, Serapion, and Papias, at Corinth (251). Martyr Tryphaenes, at Cyzicus (1st c.).
St. Marcella of Rome (410). St. Athanasius, bishop of Methone (ca. 880). New Monk-martyr Elias (Ardunis), of Mt. Athos and Kalamata (1686). St. Arsenius the New, of Paros (1877).
Repose of Eugene Poselyanin (Pogozhev), spiritual writer (1931), Elder Codratus of Karakallou, Mt. Athos (1940), and Hieroschemamonk Stephen (Ignatenko) of Kislovodsk (1973).
Thoughts for Each Day of the Year
According to the Daily Church Readings from the Word of God
By St. Theophan the Recluse
Monday. [Eph. 1:22-2:3; Mark 10:46-52]
The blind man of Jericho raised up his
voice when he learned that the Lord was walking past. His
wail reached the Lord; nothing surrounding the Lord could
interfere with His hearing it, and the Lord called the
blind man over and returned his sight. At every time and
in every place the Lord does not just walk by, but is
there; He governs the whole world. As human thinking would
have it, this means that He has many cares; furthermore,
multitudes of angels surround Him with doxologies. But if
you are able to raise up your voice like the blind man of
Jericho, nothing will stop your wail from reaching the
Lord; He will hear and fulfil your petition. It does not
depend on the Lord; He Himself is near, and all that is
necessary for you is already prepared in Him; now all that
is wanting is you. Manage to raise up your voice to the
measure of the Lord’s hearing, and you will
immediately receive everything. What then is this measure?
Faith, hope, devotion to God’s will. But even these
measures have their own measures. What then should these
measures be? Ask the one who has prayed and received what
he requested; he will say to you: “I prayed about
this and about that and I received according to my
request; now I need this, I have been praying and have not
received it, and I know why: because I cannot in any way
ascend to that measure of prayer which I had
earlier.” It turns out that it is impossible to
determine this measure with literal preciseness. Only one
thing is definitely true, that the matter depends upon us,
and not on the Lord. As soon as you reach the point where
you are capable of acceptance, you will unquestionably
Tuesday. [James 3:1–10; Mark 11:11–23]
The Lord took away His blessing from the fig tree which
was rich with leaves but had no fruit, and it dried up.
This is a lesson in action. The fig tree represents people
who in appearance are proper, but in essence are not
worthy of approval. Who are these people? They are those
who eloquently discourse about the faith, but do not have
that faith—they hold the objects of faith in the
intellect only. They are those whose outward behaviour is
proper but their feelings and dispositions are very
improper, and they manifest proper works only to hide
their impropriety from people; whenever possible, they do
not do these works. For example, such a person gives alms
when someone asks of him in front of people, but ask him
in private and he will berate you. He goes to church to
pray to God, prays in sight of everyone, and prays at home
as well, so as to not bring shame upon himself before his
household. But as soon as he is alone, he does not even
make the sign of the cross over his brow. He does not have
any idea about turning to God with the mind and heart. Let
us pray that God will not allow us to be as these. For
then we will not escape the judgement pronounced over the
Monday (32nd). [James 2:14–26; Mark 10:46–52]
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he
hath faith, and have not works? Can faith save him?
The path to faith is repentance. In repenting what does
one say? “I have sinned; I will not do it again.
I will not sin; therefore I will live by the
commandments.” Repentance does not depart with
the acceptance of faith; but uniting with faith, it
remains through to the end. So too this resolution to
live by the commandments remains in force in the
presence of faith. Consequently, if the believer came
to faith along a direct path—that is, the path of
repentance—he is zealous in fulfilling the
commandments, or is a doer of good works. Faith gives
him a most powerful motivation for this; faith also
gives him grace-filled strength to accomplish this
through the Holy Mysteries. Thus, faith furthers works.
Works in turn make faith perfect, for until that which
someone believes is done in deed, faith is not really
faith. It becomes apparent only in works; not only
apparent, but strong. Works influence back upon faith
and strengthen it.
the text, the King James Version
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