Today’s gospel lesson is the Parable of the Wedding Feast, from Matthew 22:1-14. In our lives we have all experienced the joy of attending a wedding within our families and among our friends. Usually a wedding is envisioned as a great feast or celebration not only for the couple but for all of us. We don our best clothes and cherish and anticipate the great event in our minds and hearts. We are already looking forward to this special day!
The gospel lesson for the 13th Sunday of Matthew speaks of what Jesus thought concerning evil deeds and their consequences using the story of the Parable of the Tenants in the Vineyard, Matthew 21:33-42.
The First day of September is the beginning of the Church New Year. We often think of New Years to be January, but in the Orthodox Faith, September 1st is the beginning of the Ecclesiastical Cycle. This is the period when the summer harvest has been brought in and stored and school will be beginning in our area.