We’re going to take a peek at the gospel readings that you’ll hear in Orthodox Churches in the upcoming month. There’s a theme that runs through all of them related to wealth and poverty and our response.
Let’s jump right into it.
“If you want perfect love, go sell all your belongings, give them as charity and go where you find a master and sell yourself as a slave. Can you do this and be perfect? Seems heavy…”
Notice that all four of November's Sunday gospels are written by St. Luke. As a doctor, he likely had the opportunity to be wealthy. And as a doctor, he also had the opportunity to spend time with suffering people, likely including those who, like the impoverished woman with the issue of blood, had spent all they had on doctors. Maybe that’s why he wrote about the rich and poor. Even so, the Church Fathers who compiled the lectionary could have chosen different gospels for these Sundays. Nothing is by chance in Orthodoxy, so there must have been a good reason to pick these related gospels.... What do you think?
So, here’s our assignment for the next four Sundays: