Wednesday, August 5, 2020 UTC

SEPT 3 & 4: 16TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

On this Sunday the Gospel is Matthew 25:14-30, The Parable of the Talents. The meaning of this parable extends beyond money investments. God gave each each of us a variety of gifts, and expects us to use those gifts wisely and in the service of God. It’s not acceptable to put our gifts on a shelf and ignore them. Also, like the 3 servants, we are not given the same gifts and, therefore, God expects us to return the gifts to the degree we use them.  The servant with 1 talent was condemned because he did nothing with what he was given. The point of the parable is that we are to use whatever we have been given for God’s purposes. The severe consequences to the unproductive servant, far beyond anything triggered by mere business mediocrity, tell us that we are to invest our lives, not waste them.

APRIL 25: COMMEMORATION OF ST. MARK APOSTLE – EVANGELIST

APR 25: CONFESSION – CANCELLED, VIGIL DIVINE LITURGY (PRIVATE) – 4:00 PM.  Fr. Mark streaming via Facebook Live.  https://www.facebook.com/saintscyrilandmethodius/

On Saturday, April 25th, we commemorate the feast day of the Apostle and Evangelist Mark of the land of Egypt who was martyred. He the author of the Gospel of Mark, the companion of the Apostle Paul (as recorded in the Acts of the Apostles), and is numbered among the Seventy Apostles. He is often referred to as John Mark, and is the founder of the Church of Alexandria, being regarded as its first pope. His symbol as one of the four evangelists is a lion.

 

JUNE 21: 3RD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST & FATHER’S DAY COMMEMORATION OF ALL FATHERS

Jesus-Icon-detail JUNE 21: DIVINE LITURGY – 08:30 AM (LIVE-STREAMED).

Proper can be found here: https://mci.archpitt.org/sheetmusic/general/Sunday_T2_DL.pdf

Parishes live-streaming in the Diocese can be found here: https://www.eparchyofpassaic.com/livestream

Today’s Gospel is Matthew 6:22-34 and and it starts: “22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light.” We learn about desire, and what shapes our desires. Just as the light of the body is the eye, the soul also has an eye that enlightens it. Our physical eyes can easily discern light and darkness, but the eye of the soul must be trained to do this, because without training, the eye of the soul will not know light from darkness. Desire is good, when it is used for good, that is when we understand what life is and how to live our life accordingly. And the way you think determines who you are. This is what the Lord is speaking of when He says, the light of the body is the eye; because the eye sees and desires. What you desire is who you are, no matter how much Scripture you know or anything else that you accomplish in life, and it affects your soul. This is very critically important for us to understand. The eye determines where the soul goes. So your eye must desire to see God. He also warns us that we cannot serve God and man.

On this day, we commemorate all father’s and father’s who are role models to us.