June 4-10, 2018
Matthew 10:7-8 - “[Jesus said to the Twelve] preach as you go, saying, `The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying, give without pay.” (RSV - Gospel for Monday of the Third Week after Pentecost)
St. John Chrysostom asks: Do you perceive the unparalleled magnificence of their ministry? Do you comprehend the dignity of the apostles? They are not authorized to speak of things perceivable by the senses. They do not repeat what Moses said or the prophets before them. Rather, they spoke of new and strange things. Moses and the prophets spoke of temporal promises of an earthly land. The apostles proclaimed the kingdom of heaven and all that this implies.
Not only does the loftiness of their message characterize them as greater, but so does the lowly nature of their obedience. They were not reluctant. Nor were they irresolute, like those who came before. Instead, warned as they were of perils, wars and intolerable evils, they receive His commands with simple obedience. They immediately became heralds of the coming kingdom. (Homily on Matthew)
The Apostles Fast began after Vespers on All Saints Sunday (the First Sunday after Pentecost) and continues until June 29, the Feast of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul.
The icon is of the Translation of the relics of the Greatmartyr Theodore Stratelates (June 8th).