“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.”
Dear members of the Agape/love community of St. George,
May the Love of Christ fills your hearts always.
What is Love? Hollywood tells us that love is an emotional feeling and it can change from time to time. Love is physically expressed by being romantic. Love is what I feel for others today but changes tomorrow, depends on my mood. What is a Christian Love? St. Paul says LOVE is: patient, not jealous, or boastful, not arrogant or rude, it does not insist on its own way, not irritable or resentful, does not rejoice at wrong, but in right, it bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Where do we learn how to LOVE? In marriage, in the family, at church, and in our daily encounter with others. But one thing can hinder us from loving other people: our sin. Only when we repent, and confess our sins, we can truly love as Christ. If we love truly, we become like Christ, we stretch our arms and die to ourselves and sacrifice for the other. LOVE never Ends, we can never say I have loved enough.
This Sunday we commemorate the holy and wonderworking Unmercenaries Cosmas and Damian, the sons of Theodota of Asia. They fulfilled Christ’s command: “Freely have ye received; freely give” (Matthew 10:8). Everything we have comes from God for free, because every good thing comes from above. This Sunday we starts also a ministry to the poor and needy called “Blessing Bags”. See flyer.
Fr. Philip LeMasters writes: “We must be Christians not merely in name, but also in how we live, even when it is inconvenient. Then we will become living icons of the salvation that Jesus Christ has brought to a world of sin and death, and the Lazaruses of the world will know that they too are the children of God. And together with them, we will all share in the mercy of a Lord Who raises the dead, heals the sick, feeds the hungry, and makes even the most miserable people guests at His heavenly banquet.”
In God’s Love, (Don’t forget to move your watch one hour before on Saturday night).
Rev. Fr. Dr. George Dahdouh, Priest
St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
9116 Bayview Ave.,
Richmond Hill, ON L4B 3M9
Office: 905/731-7210, Cell in case of Emergency: 416/937-6301
~Pastor’s Message of November 1, 2020~