Sunday, July 23, 2017 UTC

JUNE 17 & 18: 2ND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST, COMMEMORATION OF ST. JUDE & FATHER’S DAY CELEBRATION

JUNE 17: VIGIL TYPIKA – (CANCELLED); JUNE 18: TYPIKA – 12:00 PM (NOTE TIME CHANGE) FOLLOWED BY FATHER’S DAY POTLUCK & GRILL.

In today’s Gospel – Matthew 4: 18-23 – Jesus Calls His First Disciples. We hear about  the calling of the apostles Peter and Andrew and James and John is recounted. The Gospel is short, but very specific: both pairs left their nets (left everything) and followed Jesus. We must have this sort of dedicated beginning in order to endure to the end. It gets hard in the middle, and if we do not begin with dedication, and constantly remember our original dedication, we will never make it to salvation.

On June 18th we commemorate all our father’s and those who have been father role models to us.

On June 19th we commemorate St. Jude Apostle. Jude was the brother of St. James and son of St. Joseph, Betrothed to the Theotokos. Sometimes he is called Levi or Thaddeus. He protested along with Simon and Hosea when the elderly Joseph wanted to leave a portion of his estate to Jesus upon his death. He was often called ‘brother of James’ out of humility and shame for he did not believe in Christ at first, yet St. James did. He was one of the Twelve Apostles (not to be confused with the Thaddeus of the Seventy Apostles) and after the Ascension he preached the Gospel in Judea, Samaria, Galilee, Idumea, Syria, Arabia, Mesopotamia, and Armenia. While preaching in the area around Ararat he was captured by pagans, crucified and killed by being shot with arrows. He is referenced in the Synoptic Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, and wrote an epistle which is part of the New Testament.

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