THE SUNDAY MESSENGER
March 6, 2022
Sunday of the Expulsion
COVID UPDATE: Masks are recommended, but not required, Please use your best judgement.
Scripture and Feast Day Notes
From Today’s Readings 2018
Matthew 5: 17-48 Jesus calls the world to a level of righteousness. Sin starts in the heart and Jesus itemizes these sins with their prescribed resolution: Anger against one’s fellow: forgive and reconcile. Lust is a state of mind: do your utmost to prevent this (gouge out your eye if need be!). Breaking marital bonds is wrong (remember Jesus’ harsh language here is akin to his suggestion we gouge out our eye to avoid lust – an overstatement to make a point). Oaths are sacred: keep them. Do more, not less, for anyone needing your help. Lovingly pray for your enemies. Discuss/reflect: These remain as head-spinningly demanding as they must have been to Jesus’ listeners. Read these verses prayerfully. Decide which attitude you might work on as a Lenten discipline.
Romans 12:1-13:10 St. Paul urges the Romans to “be transformed” according to God’s “good, pleasing, and perfect will.” (12:2) He advises the humble use of our God-given spiritual gifts. That we be devoted to one another, sharing with those in need. That we live in peace, overcoming evil with good. That love is the ultimate all-encompassing ‘law’ (13:10). Discuss/reflect: For the days of Lent still ahead, use 12:12 as a daily prayer: “Today, Lord, help me be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.”
Isaiah 33: 2-22 In the shadow of Assyria’s invasion, God’s people turn once again to Him for support and salvation. They have grown to better know who He is and what He can do, even through their times of apostasy. The righteous are promised divine intervention; evil will be toppled. The holy city will prevail and there the Lord will preside as the “Mighty One.” Discuss/reflect: We are promised one day to “see the King in His beauty.” (17) In the biblical world, mirrors were made of polished metal; images were distorted. St. Paul also promised a clear view someday (“now we see in a mirror dimly, then we will see face-to-face”-1 Cor 13:12)
Close your eyes and imagine that moment. What do you see?
Today is the Sunday of the Expulsion
Expulsion Sunday reminds us of that original exile from God’s presence: Adam and Eve driven our of Paradise for eating from the tree that had been forbidden to them.
The notion that they were wiser than God in deciding to eat the fruit of the “knowledge of good and evil” is at the heart of every sinful thought or action to this day. And even now, when we do something we’re not proud of, facing God is indeed as difficult as it was for Adam and Eve who tried to hide from Him as He walked “in the Garden in the cool of the day.” (Genesis 3:8) Thankfully, in God’s loving mercy, this is an exile He will not let us endure forever. Great Lent is a unique opportunity to ponder God’s absence even as we seek Him in 40 days of prayer and reflection. Reflection: Read Genesis 3. Why would God allow Adam and Eve to fail when tempted? What does this say about God? About what He wants from us?
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REQUIEM SERVICES: Karasoonk (40th Day memorial Service) today will be for:
–DORETTA BASMAJIAN ASLANIAN on the 40th Day of Her eternal life requested in loving memory by her husband, Steve and children, Megan and Danny.
PRAYERS are requested for Larry Grocott in his struggle with lung cancer. God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble (Ps 46:1)
ANNUAL PARISH ASSEMBLY: Scheduled for TODAY.
ZOOM ADULT EDUCATION LENTEN SERIES: LOVE THY NEIGHBOR Our second Lenten presentation will be a video conversation led by Fr. Yeprem Kelegian and 3 other distinguished clergy followed by a general discussion to explore ways to break down the barriers of racism and other discriminatory practices and create a kinder, more inclusive community. Join us on Friday evening, March 11 at 7:00 by contacting email@example.com for the Zoom link.
COUNTRY STORE – We invite you to come visit us after church most Sundays. See Liz or Jeanette. If you wish to place an order for pickup, contact Lorraine Damerjian @ 215-572-8465, and she can help you with that.
Seeking Part-time Organists – the Choir of Holy Trinity is looking for multiple talented musicians who would be seriously interested in playing the organ for the Sunday morning Divine Liturgy (Badarak) on a rotating schedule. Organ lessons will be provided to the interested candidates, along with one-on-one direction from a senior choir person. For further information, contact Karinne Andonian @ firstname.lastname@example.org.