Metropolitan Methodios' November Message
November 2, 2011
To the Reverend Clergy and
Devout Faithful in the Metropolis of Boston,
Beloved in the Lord,
As we prepare to celebrate the great American holiday of Thanksgiving, let us thank Almighty God for the many blessings that He has bestowed upon us. Indeed we are truly blessed! This year, as we “gather together to ask the Lord’s blessings,” let us be especially mindful of our brethren throughout America- those who have lost their homes and those who, together with their children, go to bed each night with little or nothing to eat.
I thank our Parishes and Philoptochos Societies for all you do to help alleviate the pain and misfortune of our suffering brethren. I call upon you to enhance your efforts this winter by participating in local food bank programs, by supporting homeless shelters in your towns or cities, by collecting winter clothing for the needy, etc.
The entire Parish should open its embrace to our needy brethren. Everyone, including our GOYAns and Sunday school children, should be encouraged to volunteer their time in order to get a personal glimpse into the suffering in our midst. I submit to you that it is not enough to make a monetary donation to a particular organization. We need to experience first hand the tragedy faced by our fellow human beings.
Let us be mindful of our Savior’s words, “Come you blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you took me in; I was naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you visited me; I was in prison and you came to me.” Matthew 25, 34-36.
Praying that God bless you and your families during the Thanksgiving holiday, I remain
With Archpastoral love,
M E T H O D I O S
Metropolitan of Boston
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