Tuesday, October 20, 2020 UTC

FEB 15, 16 & 19: SUNDAY OF THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST (MEAT-FARE SUNDAY) & PRE-LENTEN READING PREPARATION

FEB 15: CONFESSION – 3:00 PM, DIVINE LITURGY – 4:00 PM (SN); FEB 16: 3RD HOUR – 9:40 AM, TYPIKA (Fr. Deacon Basilius )- 10:00 AM, POTLUCK TO FOLLOW (PLEASE BRING YOUR MEATIEST DISH TO SHARE); FEB 19: TYPIKA – 10:00 AM.

Reading from the “Journey Through the Great Fast” – Sunday of Meatfare: SundayofMeatfare

Reading for Sunday of Meat Fare: PRELentenReadingSundayofMeatfare

Meatfare Sunday commemorates the Sunday of the Second Coming of Christ.  On this day, focus is placed on the future judgment of all persons who will stand before the throne of God when Christ returns in His glory.

This is the last day that meat products can be eaten before the Lenten fast.

Today’s Gospel is from Matthew 25: 31-46,  the Parable of The Sheep and the Goats. In the Parable , we are looking at man redeemed and saved, and man condemned and lost. The “sheep” acted charitably, giving food, drink, and clothing to the needy. The “goats” showed no charity. The core message is that God’s people will love others. Good works will result from our relationship to the Shepherd. Followers of Christ will treat others with kindness, serving them as if they were serving Christ Himself. The unregenerate live in the opposite manner. While “goats” can indeed perform acts of kindness and charity, their hearts are not right with God, and their actions are not for the right purpose – to honor and worship God.