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St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral, Minneapolis, MN

3rd Sunday of Pentecost

The kingdom of heaven has no price tag on it: it is worth as much as you have. For Zacchaeus it was worth half of what he owned, because the other half that he had unjustly pocketed he promised to restore fourfold. For Peter and Andrew it was worth the nets and vessel they had left behind; for the widow it was worth two copper coins; for another it was worth a cup of cold water. So, as we said, the kingdom of heaven is worth as much as you have.
(Saint Gregory the Great, Forty Gospel Homilies, 5.2)

Simon and his brother Andrew, then James and John, respond dramatically to the Lord's call to follow Him. We are told that they literally dropped everything to follow Him, and in following Him they eventually became 'fishers of men', participating in His ministry - "teaching in the synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people". The disciples become apostles, but our reading of the Gospel is not simply a story about other people long ago, or simply about leadership in the Church. It is also about us. The Lord calls us as well.

Are our minds and hearts touched by the urgency of this call? Shouldn't we worry about routine, lukewarmness, minimalism in our spiritual lives? The Lord calls us - and He also admonishes us to "Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few." (Mt 7:13-14).

It is true that the Church as a whole is apostolic and thus engaged as a whole in this fishing business, but it is also our personal responsibility to respond to the Lord's call. We cannot evade the call by making it the task or ministry of others - making it the job of clergy or evangelists or specially trained people… Each believer is called to be a 'fisher of men'. Now, just as there are many ways to fish, so too there are many ways to be fishers of men. Among them, actively sharing His love by: treating people with love and respect, helping the needy, forgiving others, sharing our faith, praying for others.

- Fr. Andrew


SERVICE SCHEDULE

All services are held at the Cathedral unless otherwise noted, with the exception of Vespers on Saturdays at 5 pm and 8:30 Sunday morning Divine Liturgy, beginning June 10, 2017, at the Annunciation (Cemetery) Chapel, 3025 Stinson Blvd, St. Anthony, through the beginning of September.


Schedule of ServicesSts. Peter & Paul fast continues
Wednesday, June 21
6:15 PM Vespers

Thursday, June 22
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy

Friday, June 23
6:15 PM Great Vespers

Saturday, June 24
Nativity of St. John the Baptist
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy @ Cathedral
5:00 PM Great Vespers @ Cemetery Chapel

Sunday, June 25
3rd Sunday after Pentecost

8:30 AM Divine Liturgy @ Cemetery Chapel
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy @ Cathedral

 



NOTE: Elevators available at both the Cathedral and the Parish Center.

This Week's EventsSts. Peter & Paul fast continues
Monday
, June 19
Church Office Closed
NO Perohi
9:00 AM VBS

Tuesday, June 20
NO Perohi
9:00 AM VBS
6:00 PM Stretchercise
NO Balalaika Rehearsal

Wednesday, June 21
9:00 AM VBS
5:30 PM Slovak Class I
6:30 PM Slovak Class II
7:00 PM Sight Singing

Thursday, June 22
9:00 AM VBS
7:00 PM Theology on Thursday

Friday, June 23
9:00 AM VBS
11:00 AM VBS Program and lunch
11-2:00 PM Perohi Sales [Note: new time]

Sunday, June 25
NO Church School for the summer















 


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