19th Sunday after Pentecost - Oct. 20, 2019
In the Epistle (Ephesians 4, 23-28) for the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost, St. Paul tells us that we must strip ourselves of the old man as one takes off an old garment, and put on Christ as we would put on a new garment.
We must renounce the sinful lusts of the flesh, which as children of Adam we have inherited, by accepting the truths of the Gospel from which we shall derive holiness in our relations with God, and justice in our dealings with our neighbor.
In the Gospel for this Sunday (Matthew 22, 1-14) St. Matthew relates of the wedding feast. “God the Father,” says St Gregory, “made a marriage feast for God the Son when He gave Him a human nature in the womb of the Virgin; and especially when, through the Incarnation, He united Him to Holy Church. (St.Andrew Missal)