Friday, September 20, 2019 UTC

JUNE 30: FEAST OF STS. PETER & PAUL, 3RD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST & SYNAXIS OF THE 12 APOSTLES

JUNE 30: DIVINE LITURGY – 10:00 AM. This Sunday’s Gospel is Matthew 6:22-34 and and it states: “22The 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.

We also commemorate The Synaxis of the Glorious and All-Praiseworthy Twelve Apostles of Christ. The Church honors each of the Twelve Apostles on separate dates during the year, and has established a general commemoration for all of them on the day after the commemoration of the Glorious and First-Ranked among the Apostles Peter and Paul.