Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Living the evangelical life of Orthodox monasticism in witness to the salvific truth of the Gospels of Our Lord, God, and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him forever!
The Morning Offering
Tuesday, June 29 / 16 (Church Calendar)

Saints of the Day:

June 16 / 29. St. Tychon, Bishop of Amathus in Cyprus. St. Tikhon (Tychon) of Luchlv. St. Tikhon of Kaluga or Medin. St. Tikhon of Krestogorsk (Vologda). Martyrs Tigirius and Eutropius of Constantinople. St. Mark the Just of Apollonias, nephew of Apostle Barnabas. New-Martyr Hermogenes (Germogen), Bishop of Tobolsk (1918). (Greek Calendar: Five Martyrs of Nicomedia. Forty Martyrs of Rome.) Repose of Archimandrite Moses, founder of Optina Skete (1862) and of Elder Gerasimus of St. Tikhon of Kaluga Monastery (1898).

Photo of the Day:

The chair and table (on the left), gracing my office, were found at Goodwill, for only $34.00. The three matching lamps were purchased at an estate sale for only $30.00!

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Quote of the Day:

"The aim is for one to struggle with discretion and philotimo (responsive gratitude), according to one's powers....
God knows the struggle of each person and what strength he gave to each person and he will reward each accordingly. I love all equally and am moved by those who struggle with responsive gratitude."

Elder Paisios of Mount Athos

Scripture Readings for the Day:

1 Corinthians 1:1-9

1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,

2 To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:

3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Spiritual Gifts at Corinth
4 I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus, 5 that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge, 6 even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you, 7 so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, 8 who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Matthew 13:24-30

The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares

24 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. 26 But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. 27 So the servants of the owner came and said to him, 'Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?' 28 He said to them, 'An enemy has done this.' The servants said to him, 'Do you want us then to go and gather them up?' 29 But he said, 'No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, "First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn."'"

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