July 24-30, 2017
Matthew 16:2b-4a - "When it is evening, you say, `It will be fair weather; for the sky is red.' And in the morning, `It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.' You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign shall be given to it except the sign of Jonah." (RSV – Gospel for Monday of the Eighth Week)
St. John Chrysostom on understanding the signs - It is much as in the sky, He says, where one thing is a sign of a storm and another of fair weather. No one when he saw the sign of foul weather would expect a calm, nor in a calm and fair weather would one expect a storm. So you would do well also to think with regard to me. My coming in this present time is different from the way in which I shall come in the future. Now there is need of these signs which are on the earth. But those in heaven are stored up against that time. Now as a physician I have come to heal. Then I shall come to judge. Now I am seeking out those who have gone astray. Then I will demand an account.
The Icon is of the Dormition of the Righteous Anna, Mother of the Mother of God (July 25th).