Sunday School and Nursery
We celebrate two wonderful people in Sheria and Gabriella who care for our infants and children. Sheria continues to coordinate and care for our very young people in the nursery during our 10:30 service and Gabriella has been poised to help build our Sunday school for our youth. We recognize them and thank them for their presence and skills! More importantly, we need to bring our children to church so they can learn about spirituality and their Christian heritage. If you know any families looking for a church home who would appreciate a spiritual catechism that teaches the life of Jesus, please invite them to Resurrection!
This week's Gospel story: "Peter walks on water with Jesus"
In addition to the seemingly simple, appreciate that the scriptures this week are all about FAITH. Every detail of this story contains a wealth of fodder for spiritual commentary. We shall simply point out what seems to us to be the most solid and spiritually enriching aspects:
The disciples: Signify the faithful of the Church Militant
The boat: The Church herself, during her earthly sojourn
The sea and the water: The world
The mountain: Heaven
The evening: The centuries which have passed
The waves and the wind: Persecutions and trials
The fourth watch of the night: (literally, this is the last portion of the night during the longest nights of the year [i.e. during winter]) Christ will come again at the end of time
The Church Militant (the boat) has been established by Christ and filled with the elect (the disciples) who have been chosen and sent forth into the world (the boat sets out upon the sea) while Christ has ascended into heaven (gone up the mountain to pray). However, over the passing centuries since our Lord's earthy life (when it was evening) the Church has suffered and will continue to suffer many trials and persecutions (the waves and the wind). She will not be destroyed, however, but will remain faithful to the end (the fourth watch of the night) when Christ will come (the walking on water) to judge the living and the dead (the calming of the storm).
This short excerpt taken from a blog posted by Fr. Ryan Erlenbush.