St. Matthew Orthodox Church
Antiochian Orthodox Christian
Torrance, CA
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Today's Commemorations
Hilarion the Great, Our Righteous Father Christodoulus, the Wonderworker of Patmos, Martyrs Theodote and Socrates, John the New Martyr of Peleponnesos, Righteous Philotheus
Today's Scripture Readings
ST. PAUL'S SECOND LETTER TO THE CORINTHIANS 9:6-11
Brethren, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that you may always have enough of everything and may provide in abundance for every good work. As it is written, "He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures for ever." He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your resources and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for great generosity, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.
LUKE 9:49-56
At that time, one of Jesus' disciples came to him and said, "Master, we saw a man casting out demons in your name, and we forbade him, because he does not follow with us." But Jesus said to him, "Do not forbid him; for he that is not against you is for you." When the days drew near for him to be received up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him; but the people would not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, "Lord, do you want us to bid fire come down from heaven and consume them as Elijah did?" But he turned and rebuked them. And they went on to another village.
Today's Thought

“The All-seeing eye of God watches over all men and, in a wondrous manner, guides the faithful to salvation. That which seem to the faithful a great loss can show itself over time to be a great gain.” St. Nicholai of Zica