Saturday, August 17, 2019 UTC

SEPT 21 & 22: SATURDAY AFTER THE EXALTATION OF THE CROSS, 15TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST & THE CONCEPTION OF JOHN THE BAPTIST (SEPT 23RD)

SEPT 21: CONFESSION – 3:00 PM, DIVINE LITURGY (SN) – 4:00 PM; SEPT 22: 3RD HOUR – 0940 AM, DIVINE LITURGY (SCM) – 10:00 AM.

The Sunday Gospel reading is Luke 5: 1-11, is about the Four Fishermen Called as Disciples. In today’s Gospel reading, Christ comes upon several men, Sts. Peter, James, and John who, the Gospel says, had been fishing all through the night and had caught nothing. After spending some time teaching His message, Christ turned his attention to the fishermen. At the Lord’s bidding, they returned to their boats and, putting their faith in Christ’s words, once again let down their nets. And they caught an abundance of fish, enough to break the net, enough indeed to fill two boats and to cause both nearly to sink. Peter seeing this miraculous catch of fish, confesses to the Lord that he, Peter, is a sinful man. Christ responds that while they now catch fish, soon they shall be catching people. Christ was teaching his followers that they must put their trust in Him, even when it seemed a waste of time, even when it seemed foolish, even if they thought they knew better. The second message is that though we try in our lives to accomplish certain things, and fail, we must never cease trying, we must never give up.

On September 23rd, we celebrate the conception of John the Baptist.  St. John’s parents, Elizabeth and Zechariah, are told in scripture as a faithful couple who ask God for a child but cannot conceive. They are also elderly. The angel of the Lord comes to Zechariah and tells him they will have a son, whose name will be called John. He will be great in the sight of the Lord. This news is so surprising that Zechariah is struck dumb.