Slava Isusu Christu! Slava i vo viki! + Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory for ever!
From the Fathers of the Church…
St. John Chrysostom
Note the acceleration of images: just when the lilies are decked out, he no longer calls them lilies but “grass of the field.” He then points further to their vulnerable condition by saying “which are here today.” Then he does not merely say “and not tomorrow” but rather more callously “cast into the oven.” These creatures are not merely “clothed” but “so clothed” in this way as to be later brought to nothing. Do you see how Jesus everywhere abounds in amplifications and intensifications? And he does so in order to press his points home. So then he adds, “Will he not much more clothe you?” The force of the emphasis is on “you” to indicate covertly how great is the value set upon your personal existence and the concern God shows for you in particular. It is as though he were saying, “You, to whom he gave a soul, for whom he fashioned a body, for whose sake he made everything in creation, for whose sake he sent prophets, and gave the law, and wrought those innumerable good works, and for whose sake he gave up his only begotten Son.”
…It is not until he has clearly revealed his affection that he proceeds also to reprove them, saying, “O you of little faith.” For this is the quality of a wise counselor. He balances counsel and reproof, that he may awaken persons all the more to the force of his words.
St. Augustine of Hippo
At first he makes it abundantly clear that these things are not to be sought as if they were for us the kind of blessings for the sake of which we ought to make all our actions good actions but that they are necessities nevertheless. Then Jesus says, “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.” In this sentence he clearly shows the difference between a good that ought to be sought as an end and a value that ought to be seen as a means. Our final good is therefore the kingdom of God and his justice. We ought to seek this good and fix our aim upon it. Let us perform all our actions for the sake of it. Yet, since we are waging war in this life in order to be able to reach that kingdom and since this life cannot be maintained unless those necessities are supplied, he says, “These things shall be given you besides, but seek you first the kingdom of God and his justice.”
…When he said that the one is to be sought first, Jesus clearly intimates that the other is to be sought later-not that it is to be sought at a later time but that it is to be sought as a thing of secondary importance. He showed that the one is to be sought as our good, that the other is to be sought as some-thing needful for us, but that the needful is to be sought for the sake of the good.
· Last Sunday, 102 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s, our tithes to the Lord were $___, candles $_, donations $___, Bishop’s Appeal $___. Thank you for supporting our church, may God bless you abundantly for your generosity.
· Prayer requests. Fr. Jozef, Fr. Randall, Fr. Martin, Fr. Ted, Fr. Brendan, Sr. Patricia, Sr. Maria Rose OP, Oceana, Gary and Ingrid, Tom, Margaret and Don, Walter, Adam, Joan, Margaret, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Rachel, Curtis, Joseph, Theresa, Emily, Ronald, Janet, Michael, Taylor, Margaret, Lorrie, Mary, Jude.
· Hospitality sign-up sheet: Jun 5 – Baker family, Jun 12 – Prescott family, Jun 19 – open. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the list is in the parish hall. Thank you to Del Castillo family for providing hospitality meal for us last Sunday.
· Bishop’s Appeal. Thank you for your support and generosity in responding to the Appeal. Some 80% of our parishioners responded to the Appeal, and others. We have donated $____, thus exceeding our goal by $___. As is the custom in our Eparchy, 30% of collected funds will return to us, to support our parish.
· Annual Pilgrimage to the Eparchial Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Olympia, WA on August 19-21, 2016. Divine Liturgy, Matins and Vespers, recitation of the Holy Rosary, and the mysteries of Penance and Holy Anointing of the sick highlight the weekend. Saturday lunch and evening BBQ meals are provided at a nominal charge. Lodge at a nearby hotel or camp on premises. For more information, see the posted bulletin or call (360) 459-8373.
There is no weekday prayer service this week.
Sun Jun 12th
8:30 AM Confessions.
9:00 AM Prayers
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
4th Sunday after Pentecost.
For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment. We are in the season of St. Peter’s fast, until June 28th, the faithful are not bound by specific fasting discipline, the usual Friday abstinence from meat foods is observed. Let us remember one another in our prayers.