July 25-31, 2015
Matthew 24:45-51 – “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master when he comes will find so doing. Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. But if that wicked servant says to himself, `My master is delayed,' and begins to beat his fellow servants, and eats and drinks with the drunken, the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will punish him, and put him with the hypocrites; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.” (RSV - Part of the Gospel for Friday)
You are Sons – “Blessed is that servant whom his master when he comes will find so doing.” A great promise is extended to the Lord’s faithful and wise stewards. It is like the promise He made to those to whom He said, “Take authority over five cities” or “take authority over ten cities” (cf. Luke 19:17-19). For to be made the head “over all his possessions” is not other than to be made an “heir of God and coheir with Christ" (Romans 8:17) and to reign with Christ. (Origen)
Dormition Fast begins on August 1st and continues until the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God on August 15th.
- July 20th - Holy Prophet Elias - "Journey's End is the Knowledge of God"
- August 6th - Transfiguaration of the Lord - "Bask in the Brightness"
- August 15th - Dormition of the Mother of God - "Mary: Christ's First and Greatest Disciple"
The Icon is of Dormition of Anna, the Mother of the Mother of God (July 25th).