Friday 30th July 2021
Fast day: strict fast
Today we commemorate:
Apostles Silas and Silvanos, Crescens, Epenetos and Andronikos of the Seventy (1st C). Holy Martyr Julitta at Caesarea (305). Hieromartyr Polychronius, bishop of Babylon (c.251), and those with him. Hieromartyr Valentine, bishop of Interamna (Terni) in Italy (c.273) and those with him. Righteous Martyr John the Soldier (4th C). Uncovering of the relics (1484) of St. Herman of Solovki (1479). St. Angelina (Brancovich), Despotina of Serbia (1690).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Tatwine, 9th archbishop of Canterbury (734). St. Ermengyth of Thanet, virgin (c.680).
1 Corinthians 4:5-8; Matthew 13:44-54
Readings in bold type are those appointed by the Typikon for use at the Liturgy
1 Corinthians 4:5-8
Judge nothing before the proper time – until the Lord comes. He will bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the motives of the heart. And then comes the commendation to each from God. Brothers and sisters, for your sake I have applied this to myself and to Apollos, so that through us you might learn not to be concerned about anything beyond what has been written – so that you do not get inflated ideas on behalf of the one as opposed to the other. For who makes judgements between you? And what do you have that you have not been given? And if you have been given it, why do you boast as if it were not given? Already you are cram full. Already you are wealthy. And without our help you are kings and queens – and I wish that you really were royalty so that we could reign with you!
The Lord said … “The Kingdom of Heaven is like treasure buried in the field which someone found and hid, and in his joy he goes and sells everything – all he has – and buys that field. Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like someone, a dealer, looking for fine pearls, who found one extremely valuable pearl, went away and sold everything – all he had – and bought it. Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a net which was cast into the sea and enclosed fish of every kind. When it was full they hauled it up onto the beach. Then, sitting down, they gathered up the good ones into buckets and threw the rotten ones away. This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the wicked from among the righteous. Then they will throw them into the fiery furnace where there will be wailing and the gnashing of teeth.” Jesus asked them, “Have you understood all these things?” They told him, “Yes, Lord.” He said to them, “That is why every scribe who has been made a disciple in the Kingdom of Heaven is like a person, a householder, who brings out of his storeroom new things and old.” Then, when Jesus had finished these parables, he left that place. Returning to his home town, he began teaching them in their synagogue with the result that they were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get this wisdom? – and the miracles!”