Sunday, September 28, 2014: 16th Sunday after Pentecost & 1st Sunday of Luke
Venerable Chariton the confessor, abbot of Palestine, Prophet Baruch; Venerable Neophytos and Auxentios of Cyprus; Martyr Heliodoros and companions in Pisidia; Martyr Wenceslaus, prince of the Czechs
St Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church
Palos Heights, IL
During His earthly ministry, there were three groups of people who followed Jesus: the crowds, the disciples and the apostles.
Think of them as concentric rings with Jesus as the hub.
The crowds were those who followed Jesus not out of any great love for Him for their own reasons. They might have been curious—Jesus was after all the latest thing, even Herod heard of him and was curious about him (see, Luke 23:8)—or maybe they came to see a miracle (John 6:2), to be feed (Matthew 14:13-21) or even to hear a consoling sermon (Luke 5:1-11). Whatever their motivation those they followed Jesus they did so only from a distance and His teaching had little influence on their lives.
But this wasn’t true for all in the crowd. Continue reading