Today’s Epistle is about Eutychus and how he was brought back to life. Although this miracle is the focal point, I reflected upon the activities of the day. Paul “spoke to them and continued his message until midnight!” There were “many lamps in the upper room where they all gathered.” Some, including Eutychus, even occupied windows in order to be able to listen to the word of God and learn from Paul’s teachings. St. John Chrysostom reflects… “Picture to yourself, I beseech you, that house with its lights, with its crowd, with Paul in their midst, discoursing with even the windows occupied by many. What a thing to see!
Yes, what a thing to see! And today, it is so hard to gather a handful of people to listen to the word of God. Our schedules are full, we are too busy, we just can’t find the time to sit through a religious education class. I myself, am struggling with a situation. One of our local parish priests is beginning a religious education class on Sunday’s. What a blessing – a class that will go through the duration of summer (a rarity as we always assume nobody will be around because it’s vacation.) Also, that it’s on Sunday, the day we are supposed to rest and reflect on the Lord. But the first thought in my mind was “it’s Sunday.”
I thought about it again and said it’s Sunday, and what a great way to spend the day. With all of the errands and tasks on my to do list, it is important for me and my family to reflect on the Lord during His day. Now one asks, how is this related to Stewardship? It emphasizes the use of our Time, Talents and Treasures. Here, Time is the most critical. Will we have the fervor of the faith to take the time to learn about Orthodoxy as Eutychus did? Will we take the time to attend Church services (especially during summer)? Will we make the time to do good works as Christ did, with our family? Will we prioritize prayer and scriptural readings each day?
We must take advantage of every opportunity to strengthen our faith. Christ, on many occasions, discussed how we will be judged by the works that we do. St. Gregory reflects:
Let us become like Christ, since Christ became like us. Let us become God’s for His sake, since He for us became Man. He assumed the worse that He might give us the better; He became poor that we through His poverty might be rich He took upon Him the form of a servant that we might receive back our liberty; He came down that we might be exalted; He was tempted that we might conquer; He was dishonoured that He might glorify us; He died that He might save us; He ascended that He might draw to Himself us, who were lying low in the Fall of sin.