July 26, 2020
Matthew 14:19-21 - Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass; and taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children. (RSV - Excerpt from Sunday's Gospel)
Learn What Jesus Did - And not even here does Jesus hold back on the miracle, but it continues as the loaves become fragments. The broken pieces signify that of those the loaves, some remained unreceived. This was in order that those who were absent might also learn what had been done. For this providential purpose, then, Jesus indeed permitted the crowds to get hungry in order that no one might suppose what took place to be as illusion. For this purpose He also caused just twelve baskets to remain over: that Judas, too, might bear one. He wanted all the disciples to know his power. He fed their hunger. In Elijah’s case something similar happened, too (see 1 Kings 17:16). (Commentary from St. John Chrysostom)
- July 20th - Holy Prophet Elias - "Journey's End is the Knowledge of God"
- August 6th - Transfiguration of the Lord - "Bask in the Brightness"
- Matins: John 20:11-18
- Divine Liturgy: 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Matthew 14:14-22
The Icon is a detail of the Dormition of the Righteous Anna, the Mother of the Mother of God (July 25th).The Righteous Anna was the daughter of the priest, Matthan, and his wife, Mary and was of the tribe of Levi and lineage of Aaron. According to tradition she married Joachim and outlivied him two years. She died peacefully in her sleep before the Annunciation to her daughter, Mary (that Mary would give birth to the Savior). Anna is the patroness for conceiving children and for help in difficult childbirth.