“And he cried out, saying, Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.” Luke 18:38
Thus, a blind beggar sitting by the roadside entreated our Lord. Although he lacked physical sight, the “eyes of his heart” were sharp as he recognized the divinity of Jesus and called Him by his messianic name. In fact, he persisted in crying out to Jesus as others in the crowd tried to silence him. While they were not physically blind, they were unable to “see” Christ’s divinity because of their spiritual blindness. Then Christ, hearing his entreaty, which is actually a form of the Jesus Prayer, stopped! Can you imagine our prayers, if offered in faith from our hearts, have the power to cause God to stand still and listen? After his physical sight was restored, Jesus told the former blind man that his faith had saved him. As we all find ourselves immersed in our busy daily lives, our Lord teaches us that even a short prayer offered from our hearts will capture His full attention. The key to our prayers is our faith. While many definitions of faith are known, our Lord instructs us in this reading that it is “being certain that we are in the presence of God.”
Dn Paul Tsahakis
Additional Scripture Reading: Luke 18:35-43
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Dear Sisters in Christ,
As we all know, Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful hurricanes ever to form in the Atlantic Ocean, cut a path of destruction from the Caribbean to Florida, and has caused catastrophic damage, destroying homes and critical infrastructure. As Orthodox Christians, we are called to be stewards of God’s creation and care for all of God’s children.
While we realize that many of your parishes and even some of your local chapters may have already chosen to support IOCC or other relief agencies, I am writing this letter in hope that you can continue fundraising efforts in order to support the Metropolis of Atlanta Hurricane Irma Relief Fund. This fund has been established to exclusively support any necessary relief and recovery efforts to the individuals, families and parishes that were affected by Hurricane Irma in our Holy Metropolis of Atlanta.
The response to our initial appeal was very limited. I ask that you help encourage your parishioners and also consider making a donation from whatever emergency or discretionary fund you have in your local chapter. Every dollar can help directly impact someone in need through temporary housing, food, clothing, or home repairs.
We have a proven record of the positive impact your donations made to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Once again, we plan to follow the success of that initiative and provide the necessary relief to the victims of Irma that are attempting to rebuild their lives and dreams. Let us continue the legacy that Philoptochos has in aiding the faithful in our Metropolis. There is unmet need amongst our Orthodox faithful and together, we can change that.
With God’s help we can find the strength, understanding and resources to assist our suffering parishioners, not only in the beginning with material resources, but also, spiritually and emotionally.
To contribute to this worthwhile cause, please make your check payable to the Metropolis of Atlanta earmarked for Hurricane Irma Relief.
Checks are being collected directly with me so the funds can immediately be dispersed to those in our Metropolis in need. Please mail your check to:
Dee Nicolaou, Emergency Relief Chair | 27242 Breakers Drive| Wesley Chapel, FL 33544
Your Sister in Christ,
Metropolis of Atlanta Emergency Relief Chair