St Raphael of Brooklyn Orthodox Church
Antiochian Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the West
72910 Haskell Rd, Thousand Palms, CA 92276
Daily Readings
Forefeast of the Precious Cross, Joseph the Righteous of Arimathea, Eudocimus the Righteous of Cappadocia, Dionysios the Righteous Martyr of Vatopaidi
ST. PAUL'S LETTER TO THE ROMANS 9:1-5
Brethren, I am speaking the truth in Christ, I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit, that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen by race. They are Israelites, and to them belong the patriarchs, and of their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is God over all, blessed for ever. Amen.
MATTHEW 9:18-26
At that time, a ruler came in and knelt before Jesus, saying, "My daughter has just died; but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live." And Jesus rose and followed him, with his disciples. And behold, a woman who had suffered from a hemorrhage for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment; for she said to herself, "If I only touch his garment, I shall be made well." Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, "Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well." And instantly the woman was made well. And when Jesus came to the ruler's house, and saw the flute players, and the crowd making a tumult, he said, "Depart; for the girl is not dead but sleeping." And they laughed at him. But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose. And the report of this went through all that district.

A preacher doesn’t need to have all the knowledge of this world, but to be faithful and honest in what he is saying. The most eloquent homily we can give to the faithful is this: 'Ladies and gentlemen, I love you and I pray for you.' -- His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH