Presvytera Alexandra Houck created The Children's Word bulletin so children will know they are not only welcome in church, but even more, an essential part of the Church family. She hopes the weekly bulletin will be just one more way we can make kids feel at home in church. Presvytera Alexandra is a graduate of Duke University and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Her husband, Fr. Jason Houck, is a priest at St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church in Minneapolis, MN. Presvytera Alexandra and Fr. Jason have five small children: Lydia, Paul, Silas, Philip, and Sarah. Presvytera Alexandra grew up attending Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Asheville, North Carolina with her nine siblings.
You’ve heard the expression, “in one ear and out the other,” haven’t you? It means you hear something, but the words don’t mean anything to you. You hear them, but then you forget them!
In today’s Gospel reading, we hear the story about the man who went out to plant his seeds. He spread the seeds everywhere, but not all the seeds grew up into nice, healthy plants. Some fell on the rocks and didn’t grow roots. Some plants started out fine, but then they withered with weeds. But some seeds grew up into big plants with hundreds of fruits. This story isn’t just some interesting story. Our Bible is teaching us something! The seed is the word of God, the words that God wants us to hear.God sends His word everywhere, doesn’t He? But some people are like the rocks. They don’t even hear the Word. Some people are like the weedy ground. They hear the Word, but it goes in one ear and out the other! They hear it, but then they forget it.
The Prophet Hosea
We celebrate Prophet Hosea on Thursday, Oct. 17th (Oct. 30, OC).
This week we remember a saint who definitely knew the idea of “in one ear and out the other”! This saint is the prophet Hosea. God gave Hosea a job to do, and that job was to tell the people to turn back to God. Turn back? Where had they
God’s people had turned away from Him, and they had started worshiping other things—like the golden calves and another idol, too. Hosea’s job was to tell them to turn back to God. That was a hard thing, because people didn’t want to listen. They
heard Hosea, but his words went in one ear and out the other!
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