11th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 14:16-24
The Lord said this parable: “A man once gave a great banquet and invited many; and at the time of the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come; for all is now ready.’ But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I go out and see it; I pray you, have me excused.’ And another said, ‘I have bought five yokes of oxen, and I must go to examine them; I pray you, have me excused.’ And another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ So, the servant came and reported this to his master. Then the householder in anger said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city and bring in the poor and maimed and blind and lame.’ And the servant said, ‘Sir, what you commanded has been done, and there is still room.’ And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges, and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled. For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet. For many are called, but few are chosen.
Gospel Reflection: excerpt from Fr. Ted’s Blog,
Meditations of an Orthodox Priest
God prepared for Himself a people to come to His feast, but many have turned away from this invitation in order to pursue their own interests in life. You and I are the ones who have chosen to accept the invitation of the Master. We should be forever humbled, grateful and thankful for this invitation, because we are the outcasts and misfits of the parable. We are here only by Godâ€™s grace, not by our merit.
We are here because somehow, we know, somehow, we believe, somehow in the depths of our hearts we hope that this invitation, this eucharistic banquet, this Christian way of life, in fact fulfills all of the hopes and dreams of our hearts. Somehow, we understand that it is not pursuing our own private dreams that will give us fulfillment in this world. Those who have tried this in the past ended up outside of the banquet. Our hearts are to be set on the kingdom of God. For this Kingdom is the sole source of happiness for the entire world.
birth of Jesus Christ brings revelation to us about what is true and what is
important and what is worth living for and what we should pursue with all our
hearts and minds. And that deep and abiding happiness which can never be taken
away cannot be found in a Mall, nor under a tree nor in Santaâ€™s sack.
Todayâ€™s Events, Tomorrowâ€™s Announcements:
Youth and Adult Religious Education will take place in the Hellenic Hall, after Divine Liturgy We will focus on the book, The Law of God by Archpriest Seraphim Slobodskoy. Fr. Constantine will lead the group discussion.
Christmas Eve Vesperal Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great with Anointing: Monday, December 24, 2018 at 6:00 PM
Coffee Hour Fellowship
hosted today by the Ioannou, Tsitsonis and Kyprides Families
After Divine Liturgy, parishioners gather around the social hall for fellowship with members of the parish over coffee and some delicious food and pastries. If you would like to sponsor coffee hour by yourself or with a friend or family member, please write your name on the sheet that is mounted on the wall outside the kitchen door.
to the Needs of Others:
If you or anyone you know is sick, please see or contact Fr. Constantine directly
cell phone: 978-314-4992 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
and Other Services:
(Baptism, Chrismation, Confession, Communion, Holy Matrimony, and Holy Unction, 40-day Churching of the Mother and Child, Memorial Service or House Blessings) Please see or contact Fr. Constantine.
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