Transforming greed into gratitude

We all know that money can’t buy happiness, yet many are not aware that practicing simple gratitude does bring about happiness. Being grateful for the people we have in our lives, and for the things that we have, brings about a happiness that can not come about by endlessly trying to acquire things. Researchers testing gratefulness in laboratories have discovered that gratitude actually changes the brain, and makes us happier because it allows us to be happier. Gratitude changes more than brain chemistry, for it makes us better, happier, and kinder to others.

Gratitude is an affirmation of goodness, for in our being grateful we affirm that there are good things in the world, and good people that are part of our lives. Our being grateful does not mean that everything in life is perfect, but it does mean that we look at life as a whole, and receive with gratitude all the goodness that is in our life. In turn, our gratitude becomes the foundation for building up those around us, for in being happy ourselves, we are more likely to bring about happiness in others.

Being happy nurtures those random acts of kindness that everyone loves to experience, and promotes goodness and kindness, even among strangers. People love it when other people are good to random people. This happiness becomes like a magnet, and even strangers are drawn to us, and our list of friends proliferates. There is nothing that brings about satisfaction like being grateful for our life, for the lives of those around us, for the things in our lives, and for the love God has for us. Remember, it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.

“Happiness can only be achieved by looking inward and learning to enjoy whatever life has and this requires transforming greed into gratitude.” Saint John Chrysostom

With love in Christ,
Abbot Tryphon

Photos: I had coffee with my friend Father Basil Rhodes, at Mr. Toots Coffee House in Capitola, CA. Spoke to the young adult group at the Saint John of Kronstadt House in Felton, CA.

Saturday November 9, 2019 / October 27, 2019
21st Week after Pentecost. Tone three.
Martyr Nestor of Thessalonica (306).
New Hieromartyr Sergius (1942).
Venerable Nestor the Chronicler of the Kiev Caves (1114).
Venerable Nestor (not the Chronicler) of the Kiev Caves (14th c.).
Uncovering of the relics (1539) of St. Andrew, prince of Smolensk (1390).
Martyrs Capitolina and Eroteis of Cappadocia (304).
Martyr Mark of the isle of Thasos (304).
St. Cyriacus, patriarch of Constantinople (1390).
St. Procla, wife of Pontius Pilate (1st c.).
New Hieromartyr Seraphim (Samojlovich) bishop of Uglich.
St. Demetrius of Basarbov in Bulgaria (12th-13th c.).
St. Odran, monk of Iona.
St. Ia, virgin of Cornwall.
Hierarch Alexander, Bishop of Guria and Samegrelo (1907) (Georgia)

The Scripture Readings

2 Corinthians 3:12-18

12 Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech— 13 unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away. 14 But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. 15 But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. 16 Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Luke 8:16-21

The Parable of the Revealed Light

16 “No one, when he has lit a lamp, covers it with a vessel or puts it under a bed, but sets it on a lampstand, that those who enter may see the light. 17 For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light.18 Therefore take heed how you hear. For whoever has, to him more will be given; and whoever does not have, even what he seems to have will be taken from him.”

Jesus’ Mother and Brothers Come to Him

19 Then His mother and brothers came to Him, and could not approach Him because of the crowd. 20 And it was told Him by some,who said, “Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see You.”

21 But He answered and said to them, “My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it.”


Abbot Tryphon

About Abbot Tryphon

The Very. Rev. Abbot Tryphon is Igumen of All-Merciful Saviour Monastery on Vashon Island, Washington. 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. Happy Birthday, dear Father Tryphon! May God grant you many good healthy years! Thank you for your daily blogs. The constant work that you put into preparing them every day, day after day, without any gaps is much appreciated!

  2. Nothing like a good cup of coffee to start the day(after prayer ,of course)!

    “Happy are the people who are in such a state; Happy are the people whose God is the Lord!” Psalm 143/144:15

    Blessed day, Father.

    1. Father: I am learning though the posts of others that this is your birthday. My wish for you is that this be a wonderful and blessed day and that you enjoy and even more wonderful and blessed upcoming year. It is my great privilege to know a priest like you and a man like you. The Morning Offering spoke of gratefulness as a path to a full and more meaningful life. Your friendship and guidance over many years is something for which I am grateful and with which I am blessed. — Paul Pastor

  3. Dear Father; bless us ! We follow your blog from a faraway Argentina. May God grant you many blessed years and fruitful work. We begin our day reading Morning offering which is our guide for the whole week. Thank you again! Irina

  4. Just found out about your birthday – so HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!!
    May the Holy Theotokos protect you and keep you well for us to benefit from your spiritual insights and guidance each morning! A wonderul way to begin each day…..

    God bless…..(it is important to reciprocate (gratitude) the beauty and blessings God gives us each day even when we don’t have clear enough vision to recognize them)

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