August 28, 2016
Matthew 22:35-40 - And one of them, a lawyer, asked [Jesus] a question, to test him. "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?" And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets." (RSV – Portion of the Gospel for the 15th Sunday)
Becoming like God - The first commandment teaches every kind of godliness. For to love God with the whole heart is the cause of every good. The second commandment includes the righteous acts we do towards others. The first commandment prepares the way for the second and in turn is established by the second. For the man who is grounded in the love of God clearly also loves his neighbor in all things himself. The kind of man who fulfills these two commandments experiences all the commandments. (St. Cyril of Alexandria)
- August 29th - Beheading of St. John the Baptist - "Pointing to the Lamb"
- September 8th - Nativity of the Mother of God - "Mary: Hope of All Creation"
The icon is of the Beheading of Saint John the Baptist (August 29th).