Friday 3rd July 2020
Fast day: strict fast
Today we commemorate:
Holy Martyr Hyacinth and his companions Theodotus and Theodota at Caesarea in Cappadocia (108). St. Anatolius, archbishop of Constantinople (458). Monk-martyr Gerasimus the New of Carpenision (1812). Translation of the relics of Hieromartyr Philip, metropolitan of Moscow (1652). Venerable Joachim. St. Nicodemus, abbot of Kozha Lake (1640).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Germanus, bishop of the Isle of Man and Enlightener of Peel, nephew of St. Patrick of Ireland (5th C). St. Byblig of Caernarvon (5th C). St. Gunthiern the Hermit (c.500). St. Bladus, bishop of the Isle of Man. St. Cillene, abbot of Iona (c.752). St. Guthagon of Ireland, hermit in Belgium (8th C).
Romans 11:25-36; Matthew 12:1-8
Readings in bold type are those appointed by the Typikon for use at the Liturgy
Now, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to misunderstand this mystery – through being wise in your own estimation – concerning the partial hardening that has happened to Israel until the full quota of the Gentiles has come in, for in this way all Israel will be saved. As it has been written, ‘The Deliverer shall come out of Sion, and he shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob. For this covenant of mine [shall be] with them when I take away their sins.’ In relation to the Gospel, they are indeed enemies on your account; but in relation to being chosen, they are beloved on account of the ancestors; because the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. It is like this. At one time you were not obedient to God, but now you have been shown mercy through their disobedience so that they too – who are now disobedient – might be shown mercy through the mercy shown to you. For God has subjected everyone to a common disobedience so that he might have mercy upon everyone. Such depths to God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How unaccountable his judgements and undiscoverable his ways! For ‘Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has given him advice?’ Or, ‘Who has first given him [anything] and [needed] to be paid back?’ For everything is from him and through him and to him. To him be glory into the ages. Amen.
At that time Jesus was walking through a cornfield on the Sabbath day. His disciples were hungry and began plucking heads of grain and eating. When the Pharisees noticed they said to him, “Look! Your disciples are doing what it is not lawful to do on the Sabbath.” But he replied to them, “Have you not read what David did when he was hungry – he and those who were with him? How he went into the house of God and ate the show bread, which it was not lawful for him to eat, nor for those with him, but only for the priests? Or have you not read in the law that, on the Sabbath, the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath and are without guilt? But I tell you that someone greater than the temple is here. If you had known what this [means], ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice’ you would not have condemned those without guilt, for the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”