Sunday, October 22, 2017 UTC

OCT 22 & OCT 24: 20TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST; COMMEMORATION OF JAMES – APOSTLE & BROTHER OF THE LORD (OCT 23RD)

LazarusRichMan008587WM__18323_1380317590_1280_1280 OCT 22: MATINS – 7:00 AM, DIVINE LITURGY – 10:30 AM; OCT 24: DIVINE LITURGY & CATECHISM – 11:00 AM.

Today’s Gospel Luke: 16: 19-31 is the parable about The Rich Man and Lazarus. The Parable begins “There was a certain rich man” – he doesn’t even have a name.  The Lord gave no name to the rich man in this parable because such a man is not worthy to be remembered by God by name. As the Lord says, through the prophet, ‘nor will I make remembrance of their names through My lips.” But the Lord mentions the poor man by name, for the names of the righteous are inscribed in the book of life. The enduring value of this story is to teach us about mercy, and the value of suffering. “The Lord, then, fashioned this story to teach those who show no mercy and give no alms what punishments await them, and to teach those who are suffering what good things they will enjoy on account of the sufferings they patiently endure in this life.”

On October 23rd we commemorate James – Apostle and Brother of the Lord. James was the son of Righteous Joseph the Betrothed of the Most Holy Theotokos. After the Ascension of the Lord, Saint James was the first bishop of Jerusalem, gaining the great esteem not only of Christians, but also among Jews. He wrote an epistle which is part of the New Testament. St. James is commemorated on October 23; on December 26 and also on the first Sunday after the Nativity, along with David the King and St. Joseph; and on January 4 among the Seventy Apostles.

 

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