Optional Memorial of St. John of Damascus
19 Yea, O people in Zion who dwell at Jerusalem; you shall weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when he hears it, he will answer you. 20 And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself any more, but your eyes shall see your Teacher. 21 And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left. 23 And he will give rain for the seed with which you sow the ground, and grain, the produce of the ground, which will be rich and plenteous. In that day your cattle will graze in large pastures; 24 and the oxen and the asses that till the ground will eat salted provender, which has been winnowed with shovel and fork. 25 And upon every lofty mountain and every high hill there will be brooks running with water, in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall. 26 Moreover the light of the moon will be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day when the LORD binds up the hurt of his people, and heals the wounds inflicted by his blow.
Reflection for the day: “If the Word of God is living and powerful and if the Lord does all things whatsoever he wills; if he said, ‘Let there be light’ and it happened; if he said, ‘let there be a firmament’ and it happened; …if finally the Word of God Himself willingly became man and made flesh for Himself, out of the most pure and undefiled blood of the holy and ever Virgin, why should He not be capable of making bread, His Body and wine and water, His Blood?…God said ‘This is my Body’ and ‘This is my Blood.'” — St. John Damascene