Monday, August 21, 2017 UTC

AUG 26 & 27: 12TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

192812_xAUG 26: SUNDAY VESPERS – 3:00 PM; AUG 27: MATINS – 7:00 AM, DIVINE LITURGY – 10:30 AM.

The Gospel this Sunday is Matthew 19: 16-26 which talks about Christ and the Rich Young Ruler. In this passage we are introduced to a self-righteous man who thought that he had kept the commandments, but knew that he did not have eternal life.  He knew that he lacked something very important in his life.  The Lord Jesus dealt with him in a very skillful way by showing him using the law (commandments). Though the man followed the laws, Jesus asked him to do something he should do to be whole in his life.  Unfortunately, this man was not ready for salvation.  His first need was himself and his earthly things. We learn the requirement for salvation is much more than simple faith in Jesus Christ.  We learn that salvation requires fulfilling the demands of discipleship by giving up one’s possessions, giving money to the poor, and forsaking all to follow Christ.

 

 

 

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