Monday, August 20, 2018 UTC

AUG 18, 19, 21 & 23: 13TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

858272308 AUG 18: VESPERAL DIVINE LITURGY – 4:00 PM (SN); AUG 19: DIVINE LITURGY – 10:00 AM (SCM); AUG 21: DIVINE LITURGY & CATECHISM – 11:00 AM; AUG 23: DIVINE LITURGY – 6:00 PM.

Today’s Gospel reading is Matthew 21: 33-42, The Parable of the Evil Tenants. The message Jesus shares with us in this parable is that of God’s love and compassion. The servants/slaves that were sent to the vineyard to work the land for the Master, but they did not (like those who won’t receive the word of God when he calls them). So the Master tried one last expression in sending His beloved Son (the way God sent His beloved Son, Jesus), yet instead of welcoming and receiving his son, they killed him. Thus, regardless, Gods love never fails and He will never abandon the “vineyard”. There are often those who feel that there is no way that God could ever love them because of what they have done but He does.

 

 

 

AUG 25 & 26: 14TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

hqdefaultAUG 25: VIGIL DIVINE LITURGY – 4:00 PM (SN); AUG 26: DIVINE LITURGY – 10:00 AM.

On this Sunday the Gospel reading is Matthew 22:1-14, The Parable of the Wedding Banquet. In this parable Jesus states the kingdom of heaven is compared to a king who gives a wedding banquet for his son. When those invited refuse and mistreat his servants, the king invites all to fill the banquet hall. But when one guest is discovered without the appropriate wedding garment, he is expelled with the warning that “many are called, but few are chosen.” This parable underscores the common themes of the kingdom of God and the seriousness of call to discipleship. To enter without the wedding garment provided by the host is to despise his generous hospitality. Responsible and obedient discipleship is still required of all who respond to the king’s invitation, and there will come a time of judgment for all who presume on his generosity 

 

 

 

AUG 28: FEAST OF THE BEHEADING OF JOHN THE BAPTIST (SIMPLE HOLY DAY)

tumblr_lqoiuskE511qkynm4 AUG 28: DIVINE LITURGY – 11:00 AM.

On August 29th we commemorate the Beheading of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist John. This feast commemorates the martyrdom and mourning of John the Baptist. Because John had denounced Herod Antipas for putting away his own wife and marrying the wife of his brother Philip, Herod imprisoned John. At a feast in honor of Herod’s birthday, his stepdaughter Salome danced for him. Herod promised her anything; her mother Herodias told her to ask for the head of John on a platter. The Gospel reading is Mk 6:14-29, which recounts the death/beheading of John the Baptist. This is a day of Strict Fast until Sundown, Thursday 29 August. Traditionally, nothing is eaten which is naturally spherical or round in form, and nothing is served on a plate or platter.