Thursday 24th January 2019
Today we commemorate:
St. Xenia of Rome and her two female slaves (5th C). St. Xenia, the Fool-for-Christ of St. Petersburg (18th C). Holy martyrs Babylas of Sicily and his two disciples: Timothy and Agapius (3rd C). St. Philotheus, founder of Philotheou Monastery (10th C). St. Neophytos the Anchorite, of Cyprus (1214). St. Philo, bishop of Kalpa in Cyprus (5th C). Hieromartyr Felician, bishop of Foligno (254)
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Guasacht, bishop of Granard (5th C). St. Cadoc of Wales (588)
2 Corinthians 10:7-18; Mark 3:28-35
Readings in bold type are those appointed by the Typikon for use at the Liturgy
2 Corinthians 10:7-18
Do you look at things only as they appear in front of your face? If anyone trusts in himself that he is Christ's, let him consider this again with himself, that, even as he is Christ's, so also we are Christ's. For though I should boast somewhat abundantly concerning our authority, (which the Lord gave for building you up, and not for casting you down) I will not be put to shame, that I may not seem as if I desire to terrify you by my letters. For, "His letters," they say, "are weighty and strong, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech is despised. Let such a person consider this, that what we are in word by letters when we are absent, such are we also in deed when we are present. For we are not bold to number or compare ourselves with some of those who commend themselves. But they themselves, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves with themselves, are without understanding. But we will not boast beyond proper limits, but within the boundaries with which God appointed to us, which reach even to you. For we do not stretch ourselves too much, as though we did not reach to you. For we came even as far as to you in the gospel of Christ, not boasting beyond proper limits in other men's labours, but having hope that as your faith grows, we will be magnified in you according to our boundaries to abundance, so as to preach the gospel even to the parts beyond you, not to boast in what someone else has already done. But "he who boasts, let him boast in the Lord." For it is not he who commends himself who is approved, but whom the Lord commends.
Most assuredly I tell you, all their sins will be forgiven to the sons of men, and their blasphemies with which they may blaspheme; but whoever may blaspheme against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin" - because they said, "He has an unclean spirit." His mother and his brothers came, and standing outside, they sent to him, calling him. A multitude was sitting around him, and they told him, "Behold, your mother, your brothers, and your sisters are outside looking for you." He answered them, "Who are my mother and my brothers?" Looking around at those who sat around him, he said, "Behold, my mother and my brothers! For whoever may do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother."