Wednesday, December 2, 2020 UTC

NOV 29 & 30: 26TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST & COMMEMORATION OF ST. ANDREW APOSTLE (NOV 30TH)

2012110737standrewNOV 29: CONFESSION – 8:30 AM, DIVINE LITURGY – 9:00 AM.

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This Sunday’s Gospel reading is Luke 13: 10-17, The Healing of a Woman with a Bent Back. In this reading the woman is crippled by “a spirit of infirmity eighteen years’. As you know, Jesus’ mission was to heal those of crippling influences and bring them to uprightness. This miracle is an example of how Jesus made a “crooked” woman upright. She was healed by both Jesus’ words and by His laying of hands on her. By her coming to Him and His healing of her, He shows the value of obeying God and coming to Him and receiving God’s Work.  When we are close with God at all times, His influence is upon our lives.

Each year on November 30th we commemorate St. Andrew who was the first to accept the Lord’s call to be an apostle, and was one of the first men to follow the Lord’s precursor, St. John the Baptist. St. Andrew, after finding and being found by the Lord Jesus, ran to his brother Simon Peter and announced that he had found the Messiah. He bade Simon to “come and see” which Peter did without hesitation. Tradition has it that St. Andrew preached in various places after the Lord’s death, and was crucified in Acaia.