Parish announcements this week

Awakenings —Adult Faith Formation: “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world and with sin death, death thus coming to all men inasmuch as all sinned. (Rom. 5: 12)

Humankind – in the Image and Likeness of God. A human being is responsible for his or her free choice: “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die” (Gn 2: 16-17). This commandment of God does not limit human freedom nor does it interfere in our choice. God gives the commandment as a gift to strengthen us in all that is good. By breaking the commandment, a human being rejects God and by this very means introduces sin into the world, and through sin death (see Rom 5: 12). By eating of the fruit of the “tree of knowledge of good and evil,” one forfeits access to the “tree of life” and loses ties to God: “Communion with God is life and light … But separation from God is death.” (Christ Our Pascha, 138)