July 20, 2016
Luke 4:24-30 - [Jesus] said, "Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his own country. But in truth, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Eli'jah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when there came a great famine over all the land; and Eli'jah was sent to none of them but only to Zar'ephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Eli'sha; and none of them was cleansed, but only Na'aman the Syrian." Then they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with wrath. And they rose up and put him out of the city, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their city was built, that they might throw him down headlong. But passing through the midst of them he went away. (Gospel for July 20th)
The Word of Truth - So they threw Jesus out of their city, pronouncing by their action their own condemnation. So they confirmed what the Savior had said. They themselves were banished from the city that is above, for not having received Christ. That He might not convict them only of impiety in words; He permitted them their disrespect of him to proceed to deeds. Their violence was irrational and their envy untamed. Leading him to the brow of the hill, they sought to throw him from the cliff. But He went through the midst of them without taking any notice, so to say, of their attempt. He did not refuse to suffer – He had come to do that very thing – but to wait for a suitable time. Now at the beginning of his preaching it would have been the wrong time to have suffered, because He had not yet proclaimed the word of truth. (St. Cyril of Alexandria)
- Vespers: 1) 1 Kings 17:1-23, 2) 1 Kings 18:1, 17, 41, 42, 45-46, 19:1-16, 3) 1 Kings 19:19-21
- Matins: Luke 4:22-30
- Divine Liturgy: James 5:10-20, Luke 4:22-30
- July 20th - Holy Prophet Elias - "Journey's End is the Knowledge of God"
- August 6th - Transfiguaration of the Lord - "Bask in the Brightness"
The Icon is a detail of the Holy, Glorious Prophet Elijah being taken up to heaven by the Lord in a chariot of fire (Russain, Pskov School, 14th century). The Church celebrates his feast on July 20th.