On Sunday, March 6, 2022 the parishioners of St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church and volunteers worked energetically to pack boxes of badly needed medical equipment, children’s medicines diapers, analgesics, personal hygiene kits, hospice care supplies and many other items for shipment to the thousand of refugees who are pouring into Poland from the ferocious fighting in Ukraine.
This Sunday has two names: the first is the Sunday of the Last Judgement and the second, Meatfare Sunday. The Gospel reading for this Sunday from Matthew 25:31-46, vividly describes the scene of Christ the King, the Son of God, seated on His throne separating the people like a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
Today we are blessed to hear two very meaningful Gospels from St. Matthew the Evangelist. The first is the story of the Canaanite Women of great faith found in Matthew 15:21-28, about a Canaanite woman, not a Jew, who approached the Lord begging him to heal her daughter who was possessed.
We have already traveled through the Feasts of the Nativity, Circumcision and Theophany of Our Lord and are awaiting the culmination of this Festal Season with the Feast of the Presentation of Christ into the Temple in February. Today’s gospel comes to us from the Evangelist Luke chapter 18:18-27, which tells about the rich man who asked Jesus, “What can I do to receive eternal life?” This same story is read in early September from the Gospel of St. Matthew.