This week our gospel lesson is taken from the Evangelist Luke concerning Jesus’ healing of a crippled Women. Jesus often met people in His ministry who had various physical handicaps and infirmities. The most important point is that Jesus did not treat people with disabilities any different from anyone else. He loves all of us and He approached them not as disabled persons but as persons with a disability. That makes a tremendous difference.
The gospel lesson for this Sunday is taken from Luke 7:11-16, which is the story of Jesus raising a widow’s son, for it emphasizes that the Resurrection power of Jesus was already at work in His earthly ministry. This is Jesus’ first resurrection miracle. The Resurrection power of the living Christ touches each of our lives, renewing us from day to day and enabling us to grow in His likeness.
We celebrate the Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God, Pokrov. This feast which in the Slavic tradition is next in line after the twelve major feastdays. It celebrates a historical event that occurred in Constantinople centuries ago, invoking the protection of the Mother of God over the besieged city and its inhabitants.