Do you like looking at maps? Do you sometimes wonder how far away things are on a map? When you read the Bible, have you ever thought about how far away from you is the place where Jesus spoke? Have you ever tried to find the Holy Land on a map?
In today’s Gospel lesson, Jesus tells a parable about bringing people from far away into God’s house. Most of us live far away from Palestine, where Jesus told this parable. Although we are far away from the Holy Land, Jesus said that people far away would come to God’s house to a great banquet—a joyous party! God wants His house to be filled—not just with His family and friends, but with everybody!
Saint Herman of Alaska the first American Saint Did you know that 221 years ago,
when George Washington was still president, our first American saint lived in our very own country?
Saint Herman was born in Russia, and he became a monk there. In the 1700s, lots of Russians were living in Alaska so they could get animal furs and then sell them back in Russia. It was a big business! These Russians were Orthodox, so they wanted to have priests and churches there in their new land. The Russian government also wanted to teach the native people about Christ and to help them become Orthodox Christians too. We celebrate St. Herman tomorrow, December 13th (OC: Dec. 26th).