Sunday, November 19, 2017 UTC

APRIL 1 & 2: 5TH SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST – MARY OF EGYPT VENERABLE

St Mary APRIL 1: DIVINE LITURGY – 4:00 PM; APRIL 2: MATINS: 7:00AM, DIVINE LITURGY: 10:00 AM; SPANISH LITURGY: 1:00 PM.

Today’s Gospel Reading, Mark 10:32-45, Jesus Teaches on His Passion and Resurrection for the Third Time, and then explains that the life of a disciple is a life of a servant. This is the 3rd time Jesus spoke to his disciples about His suffering, sacrifice and passion! But remarkably, as if they hadn’t heard a word, James and John came to Him wanting the privilege of sitting in honor and power with Him in His glory. Jesus in turn asked them if they were able to “drink the cup [of suffering] I drink or be baptized with the baptism [of suffering] I am baptized with?” They replied that they could, but didn’t really know what this truly meant for the sake of Christ and for the sake of the gospel! The other disciples, aware of the request, quarreled about who was the greatest & deserved the positions of greatest honor. Jesus settled the dispute by explaining that “whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.” Even with Jesus’ impending suffering and death the disciples only cared about which of them might be considered “first, greatest or best!” Even though you know Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection for us – do you live as if you want to be first, best and greatest! What you do (and what you fail to do for others) demonstrates the sin of putting yourselves first. Jesus died to forgive us for this sin and He gives Himself as our example and model for he cared for the “last and the least.”

On the Fifth Sunday of Lent the Church commemorates our Righteous Mother Mary of Egypt. She is also commemorated on this Sunday due to her recognition by the Church as a model of repentance and to remind us that no one is so sinful that God cannot touch their hearts and bring them to repentance and salvation. St Mary of Egypt was converted from a life of sin to a life of holiness and repentance.

 

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