Friday, November 27, 2020 UTC

OCT 18 & 21: 20TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST & COMMEMORATION OF LUKE, APOSTLE – EVANGELIST

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OCT 18: CONFESSION – 8:30 AM, DIVINE LITURGY – 9:00 AM (LIVE-STREAMED ON FACEBOOK); OCT 21: DIVINE LITURGY – 6:00 PM.

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Streaming via Facebook Live.  https://www.facebook.com/saintscyrilandmethodius/

Parishes live-streaming in the Diocese can be found here: https://www.eparchyofpassaic.com/livestream

The Gospel reading today is Luke 8: 5-15, The Parable of the Sower, in which Jesus explicitly says that the seed in the parable represents the Word of God as it is sown or preached throughout the world. This parable tells us that there are some people whom the Word of God has no effect, some people upon whom it has a superficial effect, some people who may have a passing acquaintance, and some people who have a depth that allows them to comprehend and receive the Word of God.  Our world contains these different groups today and we should realize that no amount of pleading can add change.  But, Jesus did not say to browbeat someone to accept the Word, but instead share the Gospel in hopes they will believe. Many who call themselves Christians are not truly converted. While we do not condemn, we are to discern. We want to stay focused so that we do not get complacent either.

On October 18th we commemorate the Apostle Evangelist Luke. Luke the Evangelist is one of the Four Evangelists or authors of canonical Gospels of Jesus Christ. Luke was a native of the Hellenistic city of Antioch in Syria. The early church fathers ascribed to him authorship of both the Gospel according to Luke and the book of Acts of the Apostles, which originally formed a single literary work, referred to as Luke-Acts. In the New Testament, Luke is mentioned briefly a few times, and referred to as a doctor in the Pauline epistle to the Colossians; thus he is thought to have been both a physician and a disciple of Paul. Considered a saint by Christians since the faith’s early years, he is believed to have died a martyr. He is considered as a patron saint of artists, physicians, surgeons, students and butchers.