The Fruit of Love

Forgiveness is the fruit of love

Our Lord Jesus Christ, while hanging on the cross, asked the Father to forgive his murderers because they did not know what they were doing (Luke 23:34). This was the fruit of love. If we immerse ourselves in God’s love and actively strive and force ourselves to try and love everyone, we will be on the path to acquiring the heart of God, where love will permeate every aspect of our life. The Lord told us we must even love our enemies, a feat that is impossible without the grace of God empowering us.

In these difficult times, what with the divisions taking place in our nation, and even the stresses that have divided the various parts of our Orthodox Church in this country, there has perhaps never been a time when our call to forgive others has been more needed. Even the Roman Catholic Church is experiencing divisions that seem to point to a massive assault upon the very foundations of the Christian faith.

We must, therefore, embrace prayer more than ever before. Our nation, and her political leadership, need our prayers. Our bishops and clergy need our prayers. However, first and foremost each one of us is in great need of prayers from others and must pray for others. As Believers, we must not allow ourselves to turn away in despair, as though the darkness that seems to have descended upon our nation, and our churches, is somehow inevitable. As Christians, we must remember the power of prayer and repentance. Our common cry before the Lord must be that He turn His wrathful gaze away from our sins, and come to the aid of His people.

With love in Christ,
Abbot Tryphon

Tuesday October 13, 2020 / September 30, 2020
19th Week after Pentecost. Tone one.
Hieromartyr Gregory, bishop of Greater Armenia (335).
Venerable Gregory, abbot of Pelshme, wonderworker of Vologda (1442).
St. Michael, first metropolitan of Kiev (992).
New Hieromartyr Prokopius priest (1918).
New Hieromartyrs Peter, Viacheslav, Peter, Symeon, Basil priests, Seraphim deacon, Virgin-martyr Alexandra, Martyrs Alexis and Matthew, Virgin Apollinaris (1937).
New Hieromartyr Leonidas priest (1938).
New Hiero-confessor Hieromonk Seraphim (Zagorovsky), of Kharkov (1943).
Martyrs Rhipsima and Gaiana and companions, of Armenia (4th c.).
St. Meletius, archbishop of Alexandria.
St. Honorius, archbishop of Canterbury (653) (Celtic & British).
St. Michael, great prince of Tver (1318).
St. Theodore Yaroslavich of Vladimir (1246).
Martyr-hermits Tancred, Torthred and Tova, of Thorney.
Martyr Stratonicus (Greek).
Martyr Mardonius (Greek).

The Scripture Readings

Philippians 1:8-14

8 For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ.

9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, 10 that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, 11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

Christ Is Preached

12 But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, 13 so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ; 14 and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

Philippians 1:8-14

8 For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ.

9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, 10 that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, 11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

Christ Is Preached

12 But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, 13 so that it has become evident to the whole [a]palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ; 14 and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

Philippians 1:12-20

Christ Is Preached

12 But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, 13 so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ; 14 and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

15 Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill: 16 The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains; 17 but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel. 18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice.

To Live Is Christ

19 For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 20 according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death.

Luke 5:33-39

Jesus Is Questioned About Fasting

33 Then they said to Him, “Why do the disciples of John fast often and make prayers, and likewise those of the Pharisees, but Yours eat and drink?”

34 And He said to them, “Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them? 35 But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them; then they will fast in those days.”

36 Then He spoke a parable to them: “No one puts a piece from a new garment on an old one; otherwise the new makes a tear, and also the piece that was taken out of the new does not match the old. 37 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine will burst the wineskins and be spilled, and the wineskins will be ruined. 38 But new wine must be put into new wineskins, and both are preserved. 39 And no one, having drunk old wine, immediately desires new; for he says, ‘The old is better.’ ”

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. “When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” – 2Chronicles 7:13,14

    Blest day , Father.

    1. Yes, but what happens when we don’t turn from our wicked ways? That’s the path we are on isn’t it? Christians are using their old hatred of communism to block care and support of our black brothers and sisters–even though we have never been at risk of turning into a communist country, not even during McCarthyism, when communism had more power than it does today. And, Christians are “single issue plaintiffs” in this country–calling for God to free us from the scourge of abortion, but swallowing camels (a godless man in the White House that Christians support; a refusal to acknowledge the damage we are causing to God’s creation in the name of the almighty dollar; even, God forbid, praising white nationalists and supporting unfettered gun rights as people are mowed down in churches, schools and on the streets of our nation). What is God hearing in the prayers of Christian America? I know most readers of these little epistles of Abbot Tryphon do not want to hear this again. I can’t let it pass! I beg you. Please think about this. Pray about it. Don’t just brush it off.

      1. I’ve been a supporter of equal rights for black people since high school. I even grew up with a black uncle, and have a beloved cousin who is black.”Black Lives Matter” is not universally accepted by lots of black people because they are aware of its Marxist connections, and know this leftist organization is more about overthrowing our Western Civilization, than being interested in black civil rights. So, just because many of us are opposed to BLM, does in NO way suggest we don’t care about the civil rights of our brothers and sisters who are black.

        1. Dear Abbot Tryphon,
          I don’t suggest you are uncaring about civil rights or the suffering of black people in this country. But, I can’t understand why the issue of marxism among the women who started the Black Lives Matter movement is more important than the very fact of black lives in America mattering to our church. One response to a post of mine said that George Floyd was no angel. The implication seemed to be that he wasn’t welcomed by God into heaven at his death. But, we can not judge that, can we? There are so many wonderful examples of people caring about one another in this recent march across the cities of this country and the cities of the world that sprang from that untimely death. I call to mind the group of white women who used their bodies as a shield between police and black protesters in Louisville. And the young boy who just sat in his yard in a small town in rural American with a sign that said “Black Lives Matter” and was approached by white neighbors to lead them in a march. Because they couldn’t let the moment of reckoning pass. And the white police chief in Michigan who marched with the members of his community. And the police who knelt with protesters to let them know that murder by law enforcement is not condoned by them. Can’t we point out these examples of the calling to our citizens to examine our values and assumptions? Is it so much more important to tar that movement with the brush of marxism? Again, I have to say, marxism, or communism, will never flourish in this country. But, racism has flourished since its inception. This is a moment where we can, in all humility, witness to the importance of a change in values yet again. Our voices and actions can be far more powerful than marxist ideology. It is especially important right now, because we have a president who is immoral saying all kinds of lies. I’m not asking Christians to choose a political side. I’m asking that we choose the side of Christ. Rev. William Barber has been working with black and white people to bring Christianity in America back to a moral foundation. Can’t we stand with him? And, I’m not angry at my friend or the fellow who “trash-talked” George Floyd, or even the folks who stick up for “Proud Boys”. I’m heart-broken.

          1. Unfortunately the mass media has ignored the fact that the foundation of BLM is not about endemic racism in this country, but about taking down our democracy, and replacing it with a Leftist agenda of one world government. I know this because of my former activism with the Left, back in the 70’s. I have a cousin who is a black woman, the offspring of a black uncle whom I adored. I have many black friends, of which Father Moses Berry is like a brother to me. It is sad that many white men have seen fit to create organizations, such as “Proud Boys”, out of a desire to protect our nation from the Antifa radicals who would take down our government, but are accused of being racists.

            Our nation is in a very dangerous state, and is in need of courageous defense on the part of those who value the freedom our nation was based on. There is, no doubt, racism out there, but the answer is not to be found in a Marxist overthrow of our government, but in the hearts of people like you and me, who love the diversity of color and culture that has made America great. The answer is to be found in the unity we Christians have in Christ, Whose Church is our motherland. In Christ there is “neither male nor female, Greek nor Jew”. I am proud to call my black friends my brothers and sisters, and would stand with them in solidarity, anytime.

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