Wednesday, October 27, 2021 UTC

AUG 15: 12TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST & DORMITION OF THE THEOTOKOS (BLESSING OF FLOWERS, HERBS OR SEEDS))

192812_xAUG 15: CONFESSION – 8:30 AM, DIVINE LITURGY & BLESSING OF FLOWERS – 09:00 AM (LIVE-STREAMED ON FACE-BOOK), DIVINE LITURGY & BLESSING OF FLOWERS – 11:00 AM.

PROPERS: 08-15-21_Sunday_DL

Streaming via Facebook Live.  https://www.facebook.com/saintscyrilandmethodius/

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

The Gospel this Sunday is Matthew 19: 16-26 which talks about Christ and the Rich Young Ruler. In this passage we are introduced to a self-righteous man who thought that he had kept the commandments, but knew that he did not have eternal life.  He knew that he lacked something very important in his life.  The Lord Jesus dealt with him in a very skillful way by showing him using the law (commandments). Though the man followed the laws, Jesus asked him to do something he should do to be whole in his life.  Unfortunately, this man was not ready for salvation.  His first need was himself and his earthly things. We learn the requirement for salvation is much more than simple faith in Jesus Christ.  We learn that salvation requires fulfilling the demands of discipleship by giving up one’s possessions, giving money to the poor, and forsaking all to follow Christ.

A second Gospel is from Luke 10: 38-42 and 11: 27-28 in which Jesus is At the Home of Martha and Mary. The reading is as follows:

“38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.””

27 As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.”

28 He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”