Thursday, October 1, 2020 UTC

NOV 8: 23RD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST & COMMEMORATION OF THE ARCHANGEL MICHAEL & ALL ANGELS (SOLEMN HOLY DAY)

NOV 8: CONFESSION – 8:30 AM. DIVINE LITURGY – 9:00 AM.

Today we celebrate the holy archangel Michael (each year on November 8th) and all the angelic powers (“bodiless powers”) and recognize that God created the angels in advance of human beings, and that they have their own place in the divine plan. They serve as God’s messengers; help to protect us from evil; and intercede before God. Celebrate the Feast of St. Michael with “thanksgiving-like” foods.

There are 2 Gospel readings this Sunday. The first is Luke 8:41-56. We read about Christ healing the hemorrhaging woman. Important to note in this story is that thoughts are a means of communication with God. The hemorrhaging woman was healed because she thought, ‘If I can but touch the hem of his garment, I shall be healed.’  Her faith so strong even in thought!

The 2nd Gospel reading is Luke 10:16-22. We read “Anyone who listens to you listens to me; anyone who rejects you rejects me. And those who reject me reject the one who has sent me”. Thus, the disciples identify themselves with Jesus in the total gift and in this gift is realized their encounter with God, and God allows himself to be found by those who seek him through Jesus.