“…and spoke to them
kingdom of God …”
(Lk 9: 11)
Gospel Liturgy: Luke 9: 10-17
Christ the Lord spoke many times about the kingdom of God, which is also
the kingdom of heavens. What is this kingdom that the Lord of Glory has
+ The first to mention the kingdom of heavens was St. John the Baptist,
“In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of
Judea, and saying ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand’”
(Mt 3: 1, 2).
+ But Christ was the first to link man to God in an obvious manner, as
He called men the “Sons of God” and made God the Father the
Father of all mankind. If God is the King of the Kingdom, Christ then
has made us into the sons of the Kingdom. For Christ “took what is
ours and gave us what is His”. He has changed our relationship with
God, from mere slaves to those worthy of calling Him “Our Father who
art in heaven” (Mt 6: 9). And this is not just a calling, but a
clear reality through the holy baptism.
+ The kingdom of God is not affected by external preoccupations, “for
the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and
peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Rom 14: 17). Christ has entered
the world through the heart of man, and the beginning of the kingdom is
from within man, not without; “For indeed the kingdom of God is
within you” (Lk 17:21). When man feels righteousness, peace and joy,
the kingdom is proven in him.
+ The heavens cannot be described, as it is greater than what any
language can convey. St Paul the apostle, who was taken to the third
heaven, paradise, could not describe what he saw “Eye has not seen,
nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man, the things which
God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Cor 2: 9).
My beloved, may we
understand the wisdom of our presence in this world. It is a period
of estrangement, a period where we prepare our eternal future, build
our dwelling in the heavens.
Heaven is the place
for man, Christ has prepared it for us, and “I go to prepare a
place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come
again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be
also” (Jn 14: 2, 3).
Let us live a life
of righteousness, joy and peace, so we may inherit the kingdom made
for us before the creation of the world.
We thank Fr. Ashaia Jacob for his love and care to serve us
today. May God reward his labor in His heavenly Kingdom.
Fr. Marcus attends the Priests Families retreat till Thursday.
+ Sunday, July 27:
Martyrdom of Prince Theodorus of Shoteb.
Matins 8 AM,
Sunday school 11:30, agape 12:15 PM, and Deacons meeting 1:30 PM.
Monday, July 28:
Commemoration of Virgin Mary.
Summer club 10 AM.
+ Tuesday, July 29:
Martyrdom of Sts. Macarius & Leontius.
+ Wednesday, July 30:
Martyrdom of St.
Longinus & Marina.
Summer club 10 AM.
+ Thursday, July 31st:
Martyrdom of St.
+ Friday, August 1st:
Departure of St. Tekla.
Jesus Kids 6:30 PM, and all Youth group meetings 7 PM. Service in
+ Saturday, August 2nd:
Departure of St. Joseph the Carpenter.
Agpeya and Vespers Praise 6 PM, Vespers and Midnight prayer 7, Bible
study, Preservants class, Junior deacons class and midnight praise 8
PM, and an opportunity for confession 9 PM.
+ Sunday, August 3rd:
Martyrdom of St. Abammun.
Matins 8 AM, Sunday school 11:30, agape 12:15 PM, and Servants
meeting 1:30 PM.
+ Mark on your calendar:
Beginning of St. Mary fast, Thursday, August 7 to Friday, August
Keraza Day with St. Mary churches (Peoria and Las Vegas),
Saturday August 23rd from 8 AM-5 PM.
Grand Canyons tour, Saturday, September 20, 6 AM-9 PM.
New Mexico trip, September 30-October 4.
For appointment with Fr. Marcus please call 480-206-3786
For updated service schedule call the Church phone number