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Third Sunday after Pentecost - The Eye as the Light of the Soul - July 10, 2016

posted Oct 10, 2015, 4:12 PM by SaintRaphael WebAdmin   [ updated Jul 12, 2016, 11:52 AM ]
On July 10, we marked the second Sunday after Pentecost. Today's Gospel was about the eye, and how the eye is the lamp of the body. 

Christians have the greatest responsibility before God, because of Christ's sacrifice for us

Today's Gospel (Matthew 6:22-33) states that the eye is the lamp of the body, and that if the eye is unhealthy, we should pluck it out. This can be a difficult scripture reading. 

Non-believers have only one candle to light their way, which is the mind. 
Believers have 5 candles: the mind, the Old Testament, the New Testament, the Saints, and the Holy Spirit.
When you go from bright light to darkness it is more difficult to see than when going from dim light to darkness. 
If a believer departs from the faith and goes by worldly things it would be like someone going from bright light to darkness. 
When a person fails to attend church, it is like the candles being blown out. 
In the light, we can follow the path, but in darkness we will be lost. 
Ephesians 1:18: our eyes of understanding are enlightened. 
To the pure, everything is pure; but without light our soul will enter into darkness
Parents have a special responsibility, and teachers and leaders and clergy, too, to help children and youth stay in the light.
1Corinthians2: we have the mind of Christ. 
Our challenge is to keep up with the activities of daily life (lessons, meetings, etc), and still keep spiritual focus. 
We must remember to seek first the Kingdom of Heaven, and to spend more time in prayer. 
 
May the Lord our God keep the light of belief before our eyes of faith!

Father Tom reads today's GospelCensing

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