Church Liturgical Cycle
The New Testament describes the familiar account of the "woman at the well" (John 4:5-42), who was a Samaritan. She is known as the Samaritan Woman. Up to that point she had led a sinful life, one which resulted in a rebuke from Jesus Christ. However, she responded to Christ's stern admonition with genuine repentance, was forgiven her sinful ways, and became a convert to the Christian Faith - taking the name 'Photini' at Baptism, which literally means "the enlightened one".
The 10 Cycles of Persecution
The first persecution of the Church took place in the year 67, under Nero, the sixth emperor of Rome. This monarch reigned for the space of five years, with tolerable credit to himself, but then gave way to the greatest extravagancy of temper, and to the most atrocious barbarities. Among other diabolical whims, he ordered that the city of Rome should be set on fire, which order was executed by his officers, guards, and servants.
In Luke 10:41-42, Jesus tells Martha,
“Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”
To dedicate a period of time each day listening to Jesus and to prayer is to choose, as Mary did, “the better part, the one thing needful.” It means that we have realized that meeting God in prayer is the most important thing we can do each day. We read in Exodus 33:11 that “God spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.”
In the parable of the sower, Jesus said in Luke 8:7,
“And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it.”
Yesterday’s Gospel reading was on the parable of the sower (Luke 8:4-15). The emphasis in this parable is not on the seed or the sower but rather on the soil which is the final determining factor as to whether or not the seed bears fruit.