8th Sunday after Pentecost – August 4th, 2019

05 August, 2019

Post By : Jason Charron

8thSunday after Pentecost                                    August 4th, 2019

From the Desk of the Pastor…

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory Forever!

The love we show to her is a reflection of the love we have for Him.” This couplet summarizes our theology of the Mother of God, Mary our spiritual mother.  Now that we are in the Dormition Fast we have to prepare ourselves for this great feast, August. 15th. We fast during this time (e.g. abstain from meat), we pray and we also ponder God’s marvelous providence at work in the single life of a little girl.

Think of the respect the Jews of old showed toward the Ark of the Covenant. Uzzah was killed by the divine hand simply for touching the Ark of the Covenant. Yet, that Ark of the Covenant was made of mere wood (Acacia wood). As an aside, the Ark of the Covenant is not the same thing as Noah’s Ark. The Ark of the Covenant was a wooden box used to hold a) the jar of manna, b) the tablets of the Law and c) the rod of Aaron. Now, if that wooden box was so precious in God’s eyes that he smote Uzzah for touching it, how much more important must be the real Ark of the Covenant! The old wooden Ark of the Covenant was a preliminary sign to point people toward an understanding of Mary, the Holy Theotokos. God had designed a perfect woman who, unlike Eve, would follow His will in obedience and adoration, “May it be done unto me according to thy word.” This perfectly designed new ark would not corrupt as wood corrupts, in fact this new ark would never see corruption. That is the purpose of this ancient feast we are preparing to celebrate: God is so incredibly faithful to those who are faithful to Him that even in the smallest details He vindicates them, restores them and magnifies them. Thus, Mary never saw the corruption of her flesh, but was taken up into heaven. Do you think that He will somehow forget you in your need? Never!

To help us all better understand our Bible and the role Mary can play in your life as your spiritual mother, I wish to share on the following page some of these important comparisons between the Old and New Testaments.  God loves you and me. He is sparing no “expense” to save our souls. Not only has He given us His Son, but He has given us the Blessed Virgin Mary as a mother, as an advocate and intercessor, much like Solomon’s mother was for the people of Israel (1 kings 2:19). Have you taken her into your home as Mother (Jn 19:26)? Do it and the demons will flee!

In Christ,

Jason, priest and sinner.

For the full bulletin please 8-4-19