Sunday, June 25, 2017 UTC

OCT 17 & 18: 21ST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST & COMMEMORATION OF LUKE, APOSTLE – EVANGELIST

apostle_lukeOCT 17: SUNDAY VESPERS – 5:30 PM; OCT 19: MATINS: 8:00 AM,  DIVINE LITURGY – 10:00 AM; AGAPE: 11:30 AM, SPANISH LITURGY – 2:30 PM.

Today’s Gospel, Luke 8: 5-15, is the Parable of the Sower. The more interesting thing about this parable is that Christ actually provides an explanation of it’s meaning, to his disciples, calling it a “mystery of the kingdom of God”, while at the same time acknowledging and accepting the fact that the meaning of this parable remains a ‘mystery’ for most other people. The parable begins with the words “a sower went out to sow.” A sower is one who scatters seeds so that they may grow and be harvested later. In this parable, the sower is our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of Man, and the seed is the Word of God. The sower of the Divine Word is God Himself. The Word of God can grow in us, but through misplaced priorities in the things of this world, such as riches, the lusts of the flesh, and pride, the Word will not grow. So the good soil reflects the good man who also sows the seed of Scripture in his heart.

 

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