This Sunday in the ecclesiastical gospel lectionary of the Church we commemorate the affirmation of icon Veneration at the Seventh Ecumenical Council 787 AD and the Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council. The gospel assigned for this Sunday relates to the Holy Fathers working in the field of the Lord. This is the Parable of the Sower, Luke 8:4-15, where the Sowers seed fell into four distinct types of ground. The Church Fathers, “by giving their time to doing good deeds” and “providing for real needs”, were not only receptive to God’s Word but were also Sowers of the Word for others.
Today we hear the Gospel for the 3rd Sunday of Luke which is entitled, “Jesus Raises the Widow’s Son”. This lesson teaches us that the Resurrection power of Jesus was already at work in His earthly ministry. Actually, this is an account of Jesus’s first resurrection miracle.