Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost
October 18, 2015
Luke 7:11-16 - Soon afterward [Jesus] went to a city called Na'in, and his disciples and a great crowd went with him. As he drew near to the gate of the city, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow; and a large crowd from the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, "Do not weep." And he came and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, "Young man, I say to you, arise." And the dead man sat up, and began to speak. And he gave him to his mother. Fear seized them all; and they glorified God, saying, "A great prophet has arisen among us!" and "God has visited his people!" (RSV - Gospel for the Third Sunday of Luke)
The Lord is God – Let it be known everywhere that the Lord is God. Even though He appeared as a man He has still given us the indications of a godlike power and majesty, and that these indications are evident on many occasions and in a multitude of ways. He drove away diseases and rebuked unclean spirits. He gave the blind their sight. He even expelled death itself from the bodies of men, a death that cruelly and mercilessly had tyrannized the race of man from Adam even to Moses (see Rom 5:14). That widow’s son at Nain arose unexpectedly and wonderfully! The miracle did not remain unknown to everyone throughout Judea but was announced abroad as a divine sign, and admiration was upon every tongue. (St. Cyril of Alexandria)
October is Respect Life Month
"The love of God does not distinguish between the newly-conceived infant still in the mother's womb, the baby, the youth, the grown adult or the elderly because in each of them He sees the sign of His own image and likeness." (Pope Benedict XVI)
The Icon commemorates the Protection of the Mother of God. October 1st remembers this historic occasion in the 10th century in which the Mother of God appeared in the Blachernae Church in Constantinople while the city was under attack and joined in prayer with the faithful, saving them from destruction.