28 October 2018, the 22nd Sunday after the Pentecost, His Eminence Vladimir, Metropolitan of Chisinau and all Moldova celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the Nativity of the Lord Cathedral in Chisinau.
Concelebrating to the arch-pastor was the Cathedral Dean, archpriest Vadim Cheibas, and the clergy of the central cathedral of the Moldovan Orthodox Church.
The Sunday’s Gospel Reading presented us with the Parable of the Sower (Luke 8: 5-15):
A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Lord Jesus Himself explained the parable, telling people that the Sower is God who plants the seeds of the Evangelical truth into the people’s hearts. Some people are completely deaf and unwilling to hear the word of the Gospel, and the faith doesn’t work in them. Others gladly accept it, but daily temptations make their hearts stony and dry out the soil of their hearts. Others accept the word of Truth, but are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of life. And only those who let the soil of their hearts to be ploughed and worked by the Holy Spirit fully accept the teaching of the Gospel and bring fruit of their faith.
Thanks-giving service was officiated after the Divine Liturgy.
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