Monday, August 20, 2018 UTC

JUNE 9, 10, 11, 12 & 13: 3RD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST & COMMEMORATION OF BARTHOLOMEW & BARNABAS APOSTLES (JUNE 11)

Jesus-Icon-detail JUNE 9: TYPIKA- 4:00 PM; JUNE 10: TYPIKA – 10:30 AM; JUNE 12: DIVINE LITURGY & CATECHISM – 11:00 AM; JUNE 13: DIVINE LITURGY – 6:00 PM.

Today’s Gospel is Matthew 6:22-34 and and it starts: “22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light.” We learn about desire, and what shapes our desires. Just as the light of the body is the eye, the soul also has an eye that enlightens it. Our physical eyes can easily discern light and darkness, but the eye of the soul must be trained to do this, because without training, the eye of the soul will not know light from darkness. Desire is good, when it is used for good, that is when we understand what life is and how to live our life accordingly. And the way you think determines who you are. This is what the Lord is speaking of when He says, the light of the body is the eye; because the eye sees and desires. What you desire is who you are, no matter how much Scripture you know or anything else that you accomplish in life, and it affects your soul. This is very critically important for us to understand. The eye determines where the soul goes. So your eye must desire to see God. He also warns us that we cannot serve God and man.

On June 11th we commemorate Bartholomew & Barnabas – Apostles. Saint Bartholomew was one of the Twelve Apostles, and had Galilee as his homeland. It’s been said that he preached in Arabia and Persia, and India about the Gospel written by Saint Matthew. Saint Barnabas, leader of the Seventy Apostles, was from Cyprus, of the tribe of Levi, and a fellow disciple with Paul. He was called Joses, but was renamed Barnabas, which means “son of consolation.” He helped Saul, converted to Paul, the chief spokesman, to join the Apostles, Saul prior to this was a feared reputed persecutor of the Church, still feared him. Saint Barnabas preached the Gospel in many places and traveled together with Paul.