Thursday, November 21, 2019 UTC

JULY 21 & 22: 6TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST & COMMEMORATION OF MARY MAGDALENE EQUAL TO THE APOSTLES (JULY 22ND) & BLESSING OF VEHICLES

rasslablenniy_431 JULY 21: DIVINE LITURGY – 10:00 AM (SCM), BLESSING OF CARS AFTER DIVINE LITURGY

The Gospel Reading for this Sunday is Matthew 9:1-8 in which Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralyzed Man. We learn that not only does Jesus have authority, but we have an account of an event that shows that He has authority to forgive sins. For Jesus the forgiving of sins and the healing of diseases are two sides of His mission, with the forgiveness of sins being the most important. Additionally, He defends His authority to forgive sins to the Pharisees who time and again rebuke Him.  Additionally, we learn that sin can cause us “spiritual paralysis” by controlling all aspects of our lives. We see how repeatedly Jesus goes out of His way to minister to sinners and then forgive and heal them. We see the power in that and how we need Jesus in our lives to help us to help us “get us off our mats.

On July 22nd each year we commemorate Mary Magdalene, Equal to the Apostles. As sited in the “Orthodox Church in America” website, Mary was “A woman whose name has entered forever into the Gospel account was born and grew up in Magdala. The Gospel tells us nothing of Mary’s younger years, but Tradition informs us that Mary of Magdala was young and pretty, and led a sinful life. It says in the Gospels that the Lord expelled seven devils from Mary (Luke. 8:2). From the moment of her healing Mary led a new life, and became a true disciple of the Savior. The Gospel relates that Mary followed after the Lord, when He went with the Apostles through the cities and villages of Judea and Galilee preaching about the Kingdom of God.”