August 13 Epistle Reading

II Corinthians 7:10-16

[10] For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.[11]
For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort,
what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves,
yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea,
what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves
to be clear in this matter.[12] Wherefore, though I wrote
unto you, I did it not for his cause that had done the wrong, nor for
his cause that suffered wrong, but that our care for you in the sight of
God might appear unto you.[13] Therefore we were comforted
in your comfort: yea, and exceedingly the more joyed we for the joy of
Titus, because his spirit was refreshed by you all.[14] For
if I have boasted any thing to him of you, I am not ashamed; but as we
spake all things to you in truth, even so our boasting, which I made
before Titus, is found a truth.[15] And his inward affection
is more abundant toward you, whilst he remembereth the obedience of you
all, how with fear and trembling ye received him.[16] I rejoice therefore that I have confidence in you in all things.

A general Troparion to an Ascetic Saint, from Orthodox Menaion

"Your abundant tears made the wilderness sprout and bloom, and your sufferings made your labors fruitful a hundredfold; you became a shining torch over the world. O Holy (name of saint), pray to Christ God that He may save our souls."

St. John Chrysostom in his Homily XV on II Corinthians VII, 3,4 said:

"It was a very great point with him to show the affection he bore towards them. Therefore he does not discard concern for them, but shows at the same time…the love he had for them, and that a greater fear agitated him, (namely) the whole Church. For he had feared lest the evil should eat further, and advancing on its way would seize upon the whole Church. This is why he also said, 'A little leaven leavens the whole lump' (I Cor.5:6)…For nothing so indicates one who bears rule as paternal affection for the ruled. For begetting in itself does not constitute a father, but after begetting, to love as well. But if in the way of nature there is such great need of love, much  more is this so in the way of grace. In this way were all the ancients distinguished…So was Samuel shown to be great, saying, 'But God forbid that I should sin against God in ceasing to pray for you' (I Sam. 12:23), so was David, so Abraham, so Elijah…For so Moses for the sake of those he ruled, left such great riches and treasures untold, 'choosing to suffer affliction with the people of God' (Heb.11:25)."


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