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The Sunday of the Man Born Blind - June 5, 2016

posted Sep 27, 2015, 5:38 PM by SaintRaphael WebAdmin   [ updated Jul 11, 2016, 9:02 PM ]

On June 5, we marked the Sunday of the Man Born Blind. The man was born blind not because of any sin, but so that the Lord could minister to him. In many ways, left to our own devices, we would all be blind; it is only through the enlightenment brought to us through baptism that we can see with eyes of faith. 

Father Tom's homily also touched on today's Epistle reading, which was from Acts 16, which was written by Luke, who was a Gentile physician. Paul had a dream instructing him to go to Macedonia (which was where Alexander the Great was from), and when Paul and Silas went there, they found Lydia, who brought her family for baptism, and whose house became the central meeting place for Christians in that town. They met a slave girl who had a spirit possessing her; she could prophesy, but we have to be careful about the message and its source: sometimes things which seem right, but come from the wrong person can be aimed at misleading us. Paul cast that spirit out of her, which made her owner angry and Paul and Silas were cast into prison, where they sang hymns and praises. When an earthquake shattered the walls of the jail,  the jailer was sure that his life would be over, and asked Paul and Silas about God; he brought them to his house and took good care of them. Paul and Silas remind us that there will always be a dark night of the soul, and that we must always be prepared for difficulties and persevere. 

Father Tom censes the altarThe Great EntrancePrayers before the GiftsFather Tom reads the day's Know Your Faith quiz



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