We must strive to always be truthful

In our daily encounters with our spouses, family, friends, and coworkers, we must always strive to be truthful. Deceitfulness must never be allowed to be a part of our life, for deceitfulness in relationships with others will always translate into being untruthful with God. Our relationships with others and our relationship with God are intertwined, for honesty is the basis of a Christian life. Habitual dishonesty prevents us from growing deeper in our faith. Straight-forward and truthful behavior with others, leads to straight-forwardness and sincere faith in God.

With love in Christ,
Abbot Tryphon

Photo: Vashon Island, as seen from Dune Peninsula Park in Tacoma, WA.

Friday July 12, 2019 / June 29, 2019
4th Week after Pentecost. Tone two.
Fast. Fish Allowed
The Holy, Glorious and All-praised Leaders of the Apostles, Peter and Paul (67).
The end of the Apostles Peter and Paul Fast
St. Gregory, metropolitan of Iraklia and Redestos (Const.)..
Venerable Paisios of Mount Athos (1994).
“Kasperovsk” (1853-1855) Icon of the Mother of God.
Venerable Peter, prince of the Tatar Horde, wonderworker of Rostov (1290).
Uncovering of the relics of Venerable Nicander, monk, of Pskov (1581).
St. Mary, mother of John-Mark, nephew of Apostle Barnabas, at Jersusalem (1st c.).

The Scripture Readings

John 21:15-25

Jesus Restores Peter

15 So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?”

He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.”

He said to him, “Feed My lambs.”

16 He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?”

He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.”

He said to him, “Tend My sheep.”

17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?”

And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.”

Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep. 18 Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish.”19 This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, “Follow Me.”

The Beloved Disciple and His Book

20 Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had leaned on His breast at the supper, and said, “Lord, who is the one who betrays You?” 21 Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, “But Lord, what about this man?”

22 Jesus said to him, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.”

23 Then this saying went out among the brethren that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you?”

24 This is the disciple who testifies of these things, and wrote these things; and we know that his testimony is true.

25 And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.

John 21:2

2 Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together.

Matthew 16:13-19

Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ

13 When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?”

14 So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”

16 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

Abbot Tryphon

About Abbot Tryphon

The Very. Rev. Abbot Tryphon All-Merciful Saviour Monastery on Vashon Island, Washington. The Monastery is under the omophore of The Most Rev. Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America, of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. Situated in the heart of a beautiful forest, surrounded by the Salish Sea, the monastery is reached by ferry from either Seattle, or Tacoma, Washington.


  1. Yes, it is very sad when deceitfulness can damage a relationship permanently. In cases where it doesn’t there is a mark left that just makes things “not the same.” It’s a very difficult thing to forgive completely and just move on…..I have seen though, where one turns to God during this time of being deceived and their love and commitment to the Lord is strengthened. God calls us to Him sometimes in unusual and painful ways.

    God bless! thankyou….

  2. Wondering? Are the words of the composition explaining the photo; or is the photo an inspiration for the words? the question is: how do both the words and the photo express the meaning of ” deceitfulness ”
    What really is deception? Are words necessary or images better to express a meaning?
    Is one to take a ferry to cross over? to mainland? or does one jump in and swim across? There seems to be no ” bridge ” to bring one back and forth! Perhaps air flight is a possibility.
    The photo is beautiful! tranquility and peace seem to express the distance to be traversed either way, to or from the island or mainland.
    Where does silence find a place in the dialogue that goes on in relationships, in the Christian Life, in the spiritual life, in the monastic life, in relationship with God.
    Doesn’t all depend on something intangible? Is all truth to be spoken?
    Perhaps others have paused at the implications of the above post. I know that I have. What or WHO is my reference point?

    The Monastery is not visible! Mount Rainier is hidden in the clouds beyond what the eye can see.

    Is this straightforwad or deceitful?

    Thank you Father Tryphon for this post, a springboard to TRUTH!

  3. I find the photo above and the words written above – “we must always strive to be truthful” is what connects the photo of beauty and peace to finding peace in being truthful. Deception of course does not bring about peace, but chaos. Hidden Monasteries have their place and reason however if one lies about the purpose, location or address of the Monastery, then perhaps this would be deception.
    God bless!

    1. Maria, have you ever been to the Monastery on Vashon Island? Just curious. When I visited my brother and his wife brought me there to visit. Father Tryphon wasn’t there on that day; was sorry to miss him. The photo posted is beautiful, but nothing like the reality of being there, experiencing God’s beautiful Nature. Peace.

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