Today we hear the story of the Rich Ruler from the Gospel according to St. Luke Chapter 18:18-30 in which the rich man asks Jesus, “What can I do to receive eternal life”. In order to enjoy eternal life, not only in the future Kingdom of God but also in our present experience of Christ here and now, it is necessary for us to know and to obey God’s Commandments, that were given to Moses on Mt. Sinai.
The gospel lesson for Sunday November 5, 2023, which demonstrates the power of faith in the story of Jairus’ daughter and the woman who touched Jesus’ garment. One of the most memorable exhortations in the Bible is, “Believe and you will live! Seek the Lord and you will find your truth!”
Today, Sunday October 22, 2023 is the Feast of one of the most revered icons, the Kazan Mother of God. From the oral tradition of the Church, this icon was uncovered in 1579 by a girl named Matrona and her mother after the Most Holy Theotokos appeared repeatedly in the girl’s dreams, telling her of the buried icon. The Icon was dug up under the ashes of a destroyed house, directly under the stove and wrapped in cloth.
This Sunday, October 15, 2023, is known as the Sunday of the Church Fathers, which is celebrated on the second or third Sunday of October and is the affirmation of icon veneration of the Seventh Ecumenical Council, designated on October 11th or the first Sunday thereafter. The readings for this Sunday focus on Abraham and Moses leading their people by God’s authority, power and directives. The Gospel reading for this Sunday is from the Evangelist Luke 8:4-15, entitled, “The Parable of the Sower”, in which it speaks about the four types of ground that the sower’s seed fell on and the respective results.