Color: Red; Intent: Steadfast Dedication
Thou alone art the Infinite and Unknowable Deep, and it is Thou whom everyone seeks but has not found Thee; for no one can come to know Thee against Thy will, nor has anyone power to bless Thee save by Thy will alone. And it is only Thy will which has become a place for Thee — for nothing else can be a place for Thee, as Thou art the place of all of them. It is Thou of whom all stand in need, within and without, for Thou alone art the unattainable, the invisible and the unsubstantial. It is Thou alone who hast given qualities to every creature and hast manifested them in Thyself. Thou art the creator of those who have not yet manifested, for it is these whom Thou alone knowest — we know them not. It is Thou alone who showest them to us, so that we may pray to Thee for them. Amen.
The Lesson is taken from the Book of the Gnosis of the Light:
The Father sent a creative Logos to us. And when he saw the grace which the hidden Father had given him he wished to turn the universe back to the hidden Father — for it is His desire to have the universe return to Him. Then lights, which are the means of Gnosis were given him, and he was given authority over all the secrets, so that he might distribute them to those who had striven. Now they fled before the evils of the Aeon, putting it behind them, and took the promise of the Father unto them.
The Gospel is taken from the Gospel according to St. Thomas:
Mary said to Jesus: Whom are thy disciples like? He said: They are like little children who have installed themselves in a field which is not theirs. When the owners of the field come, they will say, ‘Release unto us our field.’ They take off their clothes before them to release it to them and to give back their field to them. Therefore I say: If the lord of the house knows that the thief is coming, he will stay awake before he comes and will not let him dig through into the house of his kingdom to carry away his goods. You then must watch for the world, gird up your loins with great strength lest the brigands find a way to come to you, because they will find the advantage which you expect. Let there be among you a man of understanding; when the fruit ripened, he came quickly with his sickle in his hand, he reaped it. Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear.
Homilies for the Sixth Sunday after Trinity by Bishop Stephan Hoeller