The Salt of the Earth

“Let him who thirsts, come to Me, and drink”

The path of purification, illumination and theosis is to be found within the Orthodox Church, so it is therefore imperative that we boldly express our faith to the whole of the world. If we truly be authentic we will put aside all the weakness that is found in the so-called Christianity of the West, and recognize that the sad state of present Western Civilization has as its foundation heretical forms of Christianity.

It is obvious there is a greatly diminished influence of the Western forms of Christianity on the people of the Western Nations, based, I believe, on the loss of authentic Christian culture. It is thus all the more imperative we who proclaim the ancient Apostolic and Patristic Tradition make ourselves instruments of the Truth that has been our inheritance as Orthodox Christians. This, of course, will mean that we will increasingly become objects of criticism and abuse by those who would find us close minded and rigid, as we cling to the ancient teachings of our faith. But in the words of scripture, “Let the dead bury the dead”.

People are truly suffering for lack of love and fulfillment, and the failure of a dying Western Christianity that has lost its gospel salt has left them lost in a vast spiritual desert with no apparent signs or sources of water. The saints say that it is a natural expression of love to truly want the best for one’s neighbor. As Orthodox Christians we are asked by our Saviour to share the joy and fulfilled lives we have in Orthodoxy with those whom in God’s providence we are permitted to encounter, and who are so often wanting.

With love in Christ,
Abbot Tryphon

Saturday September 12, 2020 / August 30, 2020
14th Week after Pentecost. Tone four.
Sts. Alexander (340), John (595), and Paul the New (784), patriarchs of Constantinople.
Repose of Venerable Alexander, abbot of Svir (1533).
Translation of the relics (1724) of St. Alexander Nevsky (1263).
Uncovering of the relics of St. Daniel, prince of Moscow (1652).
New Hieromartyr Peter priest (1918).
New Hieromartyr Apollinaris (1918).
New Hieromartyr Paul priest and Virgin-martyr Elizaveta and Martyr Theodore (1937).
New Hieromartyr Schema-archimandrite Ignatius (Lebedev) of St. Peter’s Monastery (1938).
Hiero-confessor Archpriest Peter Cheltsov of Smolensk (1972).
Venerable Christopher of Palestine (6th c.).
Venerable Fantinus of Calabria (9th c.).
Synaxis of the Serbian Hierarchs: Sts. Sava I (1235), Arsenius (1266), Sava II (1271), Eustathius I (1285), James (1292), Nicodemus (1325), and Daniel II (1338), archbishops; Sts. Ioannicius II (1354), Spyridon (1388), Ephraim II (1395), Cyril (1419), Nicon (ca. 1439), Macarius (1574), Gabriel I (1659), patriarchs; and St. Gregory (1012), bishop.
St. Barlaam metropolitan of Moldavia (1657) (Romania).
Venerable Bryaene of Nisibis (318).
St. Eulalius, bishop of Caesarea (4th c.).
Sixteen Monk-martyrs of Thebes (Greek).
Six Martyrs of Melitene (Greek).
St. Sarmata of The Paradise (Greek).
Hieromartyr Felix and Martyrs Fortunatus, Septimius and Januarius (Greek).
St. Fiacrius of Brogillum (670) (Gaul).
Translation of the relics of St. Guthlac. Hieromonk of Crowland.

The Scripture Readings

Matthew 11:27-30

27 All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. 28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

1 Corinthians 4:1-5

Stewards of the Mysteries of God

4 Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2 Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful. 3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by a human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself. 4 For I know of nothing against myself, yet I am not justified by this; but He who judges me is the Lord. 5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will come from God.

Matthew 23:1-12

Woe to the Scribes and Pharisees

23 Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to His disciples, 2 saying: “The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. 3 Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do. 4 For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. 5 But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments. 6 They love the best places at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues,7 greetings in the marketplaces, and to be called by men, ‘Rabbi, Rabbi.’ 8 But you, do not be called ‘Rabbi’; for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren. 9 Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. 10 And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ. 11 But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.

Galatians 5:22-6:2

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

Bear and Share Burdens

6 Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Matthew 11:27-30

27 All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. 28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

2 Corinthians 6:1-10

Marks of the Ministry

6 We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain. 2 For He says:

“In an acceptable time I have heard you,
And in the day of salvation I have helped you.”

Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

3 We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed. 4 But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God: in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses, 5 in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in fastings; 6 by purity, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love, 7 by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, 8 by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true; 9 as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as chastened, and yet not killed; 10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

Luke 6:17-23

Jesus Heals a Great Multitude

17 And He came down with them and stood on a level place with a crowd of His disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem, and from the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear Him and be healed of their diseases, 18 as well as those who were tormented with unclean spirits. And they were healed. 19 And the whole multitude sought to touch Him, for power went out from Him and healed them all.

The Beatitudes

20 Then He lifted up His eyes toward His disciples, and said:

“Blessed are you poor,
For yours is the kingdom of God.
21 Blessed are you who hunger now,
For you shall be filled.
Blessed are you who weep now,
For you shall laugh.
22 Blessed are you when men hate you,
And when they exclude you,
And revile you, and cast out your name as evil,
For the Son of Man’s sake.
23 Rejoice in that day and leap for joy!
For indeed your reward is great in heaven,
For in like manner their fathers did to the prophets.

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.

5 comments:

  1. Abbot Tryphon:
    The forefathers of the Church and Orthodoxy traversed mountains, oceans, rivers, woods and deserts to spread the Gospel. Yet today, while our Jewish, Protestant and Catholic brothers are on cable tv spreading the Gospel, “the one, true Church of Christ” is no where to be found. If it is “imperative that we boldly express our faith to the whole of the world”, the Orthodox Church is sorely lacking.
    In Christ
    Stephen

    1. Thank God this is not the case in Russia, where the Church is using the whole of the media for outreach. My own commitment to “social media” was inspired by the words of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, when he charged his bishops with the task of using this vehicle to spread the truth of Orthodoxy, “lest only the devil use it”.

      1. – “the one, true Church of Christ” is no where to be found. If it is “imperative that we boldly express our faith to the whole of the world”, the Orthodox Church is sorely lacking.” –
        Sorry Stephen, but I disagree with this statement. The Orthodox Church is guided by Christ its Head, not by the power of men , and Christ is not found in advertisements and entertainments, He is found by hearts longing for Truth the whole Truth and nothing but the Truth!
        As Fr Tryphon said, “The Eucharist is Divine life, transmitted to us, it is Christ making Himself eatable, we are partakers” – not consumers.
        I am struggling to express what I want to say, so I will use the words of His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Ukraine when he was recalling the words of the Holy Fathers – “that the Christians of the Last Times will be saved by enduring sorrows and diseases. We are not capable of the ascetic feats of the great Fathers of the first Centuries of the Church, but we must take inspiration from their struggles and do what we can, ..We must accept the bitter medicine by which the Lord heals us. We don’t need to start examining our sicknesses, to find the cause of them. We must endure them and try to correct ourselves and keep an eye on ourselves so we don’t sin.”….
        How do we express our faith to the world? Well, I think the best way is to live it, which is what the Suffering Church is doing right now, in Ukraine, Montenegro, Serbs in Kosovo – just to mention a few, but you will not hear about that in the Western media, because the “Free press” is not interested in the Truth.
        So, to say that the True Church is no where to be found, and lacking in expression of Faith, you are simply looking in the wrong direction.
        Father, sorry for rambling on, it is late in the day, God bless you in your ministry, and good night.

      2. Good day,

        A good resource is ancient faith.com to learn more about the Orthodox faith. It has a great mix of items to encourage and assist those in their spiritual search.

        Thank you for your daily comments Abbot Tryphon. God bless us all.

        Terry

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