Friday, May 24, 2024 UTC

AUG 13: 11TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST AND FINAL DAY OF THE FEAST OF TRANSFIGURATION (NOTE: CATECHISM PARENT MEETING)

6849436692_41c90195e5  AUG 13: CONFESSION – 8:30 AM, DIVINE LITURGY – 9:00 AM (LIVE-STREAMED), PARENT CATECHISM MEETING – 10:15 AM, DIVINE LITURGY – 11:00 AM.

NOTE: Parent Catechism Meeting at 10:15 AM. This meeting is for all parents of children in our parish who will be attending our monthly catechism.   If you have a child 8+, please be sure to attend the meeting. There will be 4 groups: “Mother’s group”(up to age 8); ages 8+, Middle School, and High School/Adult. Family donation of $20 for the year to help offset materials costs.   Please do NOT let this keep you from catechism and let the coordinator (Heidi Cwik) know if you need a fee waiver. Catechism meets the 2nd Sunday of the month at 10:15 – 10:50.  Catechism Parent Form to complete (2023-2024): Catechism Parent Form 2023_2024

PROPERS: 08-13-23_Sunday_DL

Parishes live-streaming in the Diocese can be found here: https://www.eparchyofpassaic.com/directory

The gospel today – Mathew 18: 23-35, is the Parable of the Unmerciful Servant. It talks about Jesus explaining how we are to treat our offending brethren—Jesus explains why we should forgive. Jesus is teaching His disciples, and us, by extension, that forgiveness should be in like proportion to the amount forgiven. Jesus uses the example in which the first servant had been forgiven all by the King, and therefore, the servant should have forgiven all. Instead when a fellow servant owed him, he did not forgive.  Thus, Jesus brings home the point of the parable – “So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart.” God has forgiven us, and so we are to forgive others, Jesus says, “from your heart.” That is, forgive, not just outwardly, pretending or smoothing things over, but truly releasing the offenders debt to us. If we don’t do this, God will treat us like the king treated the servant he had previously forgiven. A clear warning to us.

 

 

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