Let us gather together, my brothers, and understand who is God, the hidden One who is revealed, the silent One who speaks. Truly worthy art Thou of all glory, O God of all the aeons. Thou art the father of greatness, the king, the God of truth, the exalted One of the Height, Thou of the bottomless Abyss, Thou of the unfalling crowns, Thou of the unfading garlands.
The lesson is taken from the Psalm of the Godly Life:
The Lord upholdeth the righteous. And his inheritance shall endure for ever. Behold how good and joyful a thing it is: brethren, to dwell together in unity. The integrity of the upright shall guide him: the righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way. Righteousness tendeth to life: and to him that soweth it there shall be a sure reward. Glorious is the fruit of good labours: and the root of wisdom shall never fall away. Thou shalt show me the path of life; in Thy Presence is the fullness of joy: and at Thy right hand is pleasure for evermore. I will behold Thy Presence in righteousness: and when I wake up after Thy likeness, I shall be satisfied with it. The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord: and the righteous shall shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. The Lord shall be their everlasting light: and their God their glory. Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works: and glorify your Father who is in heaven. For every good gift and every perfect gift is from above: and cometh down from the Father of Lights, in whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
The gospel is taken from the Gospel according to St. Thomas:
Jesus said: I shall choose you, one out of a thousand, and two out of ten thousand, and they shall stand as a single one. His disciples said: Show us the place where thou art, for it is necessary for us to seek it. He said to them: Whoever has ears let him hear. Within a man of light there is light and he lights the whole world. When he does not shine, there is darkness. Jesus said: Love thy brother as thy soul, guard him as the apple of thine eye.
A Homily for the Fifteenth Sunday After Trinity
presented by the Most Reverend Stephan A. Hoeller, bishop of the Ecclesia Gnostic