Sunday, October 22, 2017 UTC

NOV 25 & 26: 25TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST & COMMEMORATION OF ST. ANDREW APOSTLE (NOV 30TH)

2012110737standrewNOV 25: CONFESSIONS – 2:00 – 2:45 PM, GREAT VESPERS – 3:00 PM; NOV 26: MATINS – 7:00 AM, DIVINE LITURGY (2ND ADVENT CANDLE LIT & ADVENT CHAINS) – 10:30 AM.

The Gospel Reading today is Luke 13:10-17 about Jesus Heals a Crippled Woman on the Sabbath. The story is about the controversy between Jesus and the synagogue leader who didn’t agree with Jesus healing on the Sabbath Day.  Jesus’ healing demonstrates His power & His compassion. Jesus argues for legitimate allowances of restricted kinds of “work” on the Sabbath & for healing on the Sabbath based on the great worth of the woman as “a daughter of Abraham” and the appropriateness of healing on the Sabbath. What better day to heal (bring freedom) than on the Sabbath? Praise & rejoicing occur as appropriate responses to God’s work in Jesus the one who brings the reign of God in healing power to those who most need it.

Each year on November 30th we commemorate St. Andrew who was the first to accept the Lord’s call to be an apostle, and was one of the first men to follow the Lord’s precursor, St. John the Baptist. St. Andrew, after finding and being found by the Lord Jesus, ran to his brother Simon Peter and announced that he had found the Messiah. He bade Simon to “come and see” which Peter did without hesitation. Tradition has it that St. Andrew preached in various places after the Lord’s death, and was crucified in Acaia.

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