This Sunday, December 19, 2021, is the Sunday Before Christmas on which we commemorate the human ancestors of Jesus, from Adam to Joseph. This Sunday hearkens us with the feeling of expectation for Christ’s birth and the fulfillment of humanity’s hope of salvation.
One of the most important lessons from the Gospels is the parable of the Great Feast, (Luke 14: 16-24) in which a certain man was preparing a banquet for his invited guests. He instructs his servant to go out and tell the guests to come for everything has been prepared; however, after so doing, the servant told him of all the excuses he had heard and received saying I did as you instructed but there is still room.
We are already well into the Nativity Fast which began November 15 and have already celebrated the Entrance of the Mother of God into the Temple (November 21). Today our gospel lesson from Luke 17:12- 19, is the account of the healing of the ten lepers while He was preaching in Galilee, along the border between Samaria and Galilee.