Sunday, November 19, 2017 UTC

OCT 8 & 9: 21ST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Pent-20-6OCT 8: SUNDAY VESPERS – 3:00 PM; OCT 9: MATINS: 7:00 AM; DIVINE LITURGY – 10:00 AM; AGAPE REPAST – 11:30 AM; SPANISH LITURGY – 2:30 PM.

Today’s Gospel, Luke 7: 11-16, tells of Jesus and the Widow’s Son. Jesus comes upon a funeral procession making its way to a freshly dug grave. The deceased is a young man, and foremost among the mourners is his mother, a widow.  Without her son, she is losing her last support & the loss devastates her life in every way. In an instant, Jesus understood the situation & is moved by compassion, stretched forth his hand, and brought the man back to life. He performed this miracle simply and solely out of love. Like this woman, at times we are distraught by fear or pain. We may be beset by our own sin. Our faith may not be as sturdy as we would like. We may have friends or family members with no faith at all, but for whom we are deeply concerned. Our own faith may be shaken. In that case, we rely on the love of God, the love that caused Jesus to resurrect the son of a woman he did not know. Our faith is what carries us toward God. God’s love is what brings him to meet us. God is never blind to our suffering, or to our deepest needs.

 

 

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