The above warning was given to me when I first met Orthodoxy in 1986. Today [2009] it is even more perilous, even more difficult to find the Royal Path. For one thing there is a far greater abundance of misinformation. And many materials are missing, and other materials are being rapidly rewritten. For another thing there are fewer than ever guides remaining on the Royal Path, especially who speak English. Hopefully this website will be a place where Newcomers to the Faith can keep at least one foot on solid ground, while they are "exploring."

blog owner: Joanna Higginbotham


jurisdiction: ROCA under Vladyka Agafangel

who did not submit to the RocorMP union in 2007


28 August 2019

Feast of Dormition Gospel Reading

Today's Gospel reading is repeated at the feasts of the Theotokos, so very soon it becomes familiar.  Eventually newcomers to the Faith will learn of 2 misunderstandings commonly made by Protestants:

Luke 10:38-42; 11:27-28
Now it came to pass, as they went, that He entered into a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard His word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to Him, and said, Lord, dost Thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? Bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: but one thing is needful; and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. And it came to pass, as He spoke these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto Him, Blessed is the womb that bare Thee, and the paps which Thou hast sucked. But He said, Yea, rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it. 

1. ...which shall not be taken away from her...
     Protestants generally misinterpret this to mean that Christ is refusing Martha's request, that He will not make Mary get up.  
     But, the part that is "not taken away" refers not to Mary's resting, but to things eternal, treasures in heaven.  All things of earth will pass away.  Mary is caring for her soul, and this labor does not get taken away by thieves, rust, or rotting.

2. ...Yea, rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God...
     Protestants generally misinterpret this to mean that Mary is no better than they (are), maybe even inferior to them, that she is to be brushed aside, ignored, discounted -- because they who are listening to Him now are the ones who are truly blessed.  
     But what Christ is saying here is that His mother is not blessed because she bore/suckled him, but rather she is blessed because she heard the Word and keeps it.   Anyone who hears the Word and keeps it will be blessed.  Although He will only have one earthly mother, that He can be "abide" in the hearts of men is later revealed through the Church He will establish before He departs earth, specifically through the Feast of the Holy Nativity of Christ.
     Christ points to His Mother as the PERFECT and SUPREME example of how to hear the word and keep it.

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