In our reading from the Letter to the Romans, St. Paul lays before us two basic truths, which are of particular interest for us today. The first, is that we should desire and seek the salvation of our people with all of our hearts.
God is calling us today to celebrate the Divine Liturgy in the very place that the Apostle Paul preached for the first time in Asia Minor. And this, His Speech, is preserved in the New Testament, in the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 13:17-41).
Today we are celebrating the Twelve Holy Apostles of Christ. It is them who had been blessed to live close to Jesus Christ during the three years of His public mission, to see His miracles, to hear His divine teaching, and ultimately, on the day of His Ascension to Heaven, to entrust on them the continuation of His work to preach the Gospel to all nations, and baptize those who would believe in Him.