Today’s commemorated feasts and saints
Ven. Joannicius the Great (846). Hieromartyrs Nicander, Bishop of Myra, and Hermas, Presbyter (1st c.). Ven. Merkúry, Faster, of the Kiev Caves (Far Caves—14th c.). Ven. Nikander, Abbot of Gorodénsk (Novgorod—16th c.).
Colossians 2:20-3:3 (Epistle)
20Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations –21Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle,22which all concern things which perish with the using – according to the commandments and doctrines of men?23These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.1If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.2Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.3For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
Luke 11:34-41 (Gospel)
34The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness.35Therefore take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness.36If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, the whole body will be full of light, as when the bright shining of a lamp gives you light.37And as He spoke, a certain Pharisee asked Him to dine with him. So He went in and sat down to eat.38When the Pharisee saw it, he marveled that He had not first washed before dinner.39Then the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees make the outside of the cup and dish clean, but your inward part is full of greed and wickedness.40Foolish ones! Did not He who made the outside make the inside also?41But rather give alms of such things as you have; then indeed all things are clean to you.
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