Monday, September 28, 2020 UTC

OCT 11: SUNDAY OF THE FATHERS OF THE 7TH ECUMENICAL COUNCIL (19TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST)

48131.p OCT 11: CONFESSION – 8:30 AM, DIVINE LITURGY – 9:00 AM (LIVE-STREAMED ON FACEBOOK).

PROPERS:

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 either Luke 7:11-18 or John 17:1-13. The first reading is Luke 7: 11-16, in which Jesus raises a widow’s son. In the passage Jesus travels to Nain, where his compassion for a grieving widow leads him to return her only son to life. In restoring her son, Jesus not only soothes her grief, he also restores her chances of surviving within society.  Without her son, she is losing her last support & the loss devastates her life in every way. In an instant, Jesus understood the situation & is moved by compassion, stretched forth his hand, and brought the man back to life. Jesus is motivated simply by compassion and love for a widow facing a future of jeopardy. In that case, we rely on the love of God, the love that caused Jesus to resurrect the son of a woman he did not know. Our faith is what carries us toward God. God’s love is what brings him to meet us. God is never blind to our suffering, or to our deepest needs.

The 2nd Gospel reading is John 17: 1-13 in which Jesus Prays for Himself and His Disciples. He looks up to the sky and addresses God. He tells God that he knows he’s going to die and He has accepted that fate. In His prayer He also asks God to protect the disciples through divine intervention.

The 7th ECUMENICAL Council is commemorated because it ended almost fifty years of iconoclast persecution and established the veneration of the holy icons as basic to the belief and spirituality of Christ’s Church. The Council met in 787 AD in Nicaea (present-day Turkey) to restore the veneration of icons which had been suppressed by the iconoclast Emperors Leo III (717 – 741) and his son, Constantine V (741 – 775).