Category : Scripture

Written on Mar, 26, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Purgation, iIllumination, and theosis are all given to us, as they were to the disciples, at once. And this why, to return to today’s epistle, we are able to look to Jesus Christ as an “anchor … sure and steadfast.”

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Written on Mar, 19, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

It is unavoidable. To be a disciple of Christ means that we are in opposition to everything—and everyone—outside the Church. But our opposition is not to destroy them but to save them; not to defeat or enslave them, but to bring them to victory and freedom in Christ.

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Written on Mar, 16, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Knowledge of Holy Scripture is essential to appreciating the Church’s liturgy and so for our own personal, prayer lives. Unfortunately, many Orthodox Christians aren’t familiar with the Bible. This problem is not unique to our time. St John Chrysostom, for example, says this the parents in his own community: Do not say, Bible is for monks; am I turning my …

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Written on Mar, 12, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

… the ascetical life helps us overcome the myriad distractions in our lives that come between us and God. How frequently, to speak only for myself, I become fascinated with some idea I have about God. That this idea is true is, from the point of view of our communion with God, is secondary. The spiritual life isn’t a collection of true ideas or wholesome feelings about God any more than it is about living a morally good life. To be sure, these all have their place but in service of pointing us beyond themselves to God.

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Written on Mar, 05, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Just as Philip does with Nathanael, we need to invite each other to enter a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. We do this by being willing to talk with each other about our own spiritual lives, our own struggles, and successes, as Orthodox Christian followers of Jesus Christ.

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Written on Feb, 26, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Whether the harm is great or small, my sin has harmed you, it has exploited your weakness and impeded your reconciliation with the Father, with our Father. Because my sin harms you, the first step in casting “off the works of darkness,” and putting “on the armor of light,” is simply to acknowledge my failure to love you.

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Written on Feb, 19, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Sunday, February 19, 2017: Judgment Sunday (Meatfare Sunday); The Holy Apostles of the Seventy Philemon, Apphia, Archippus, and Onesimus, Philothei the Righteous Martyr of Athens, Niketas the Younger Epistle: 1 Corinthians 8:8-13; 9:1-2 Gospel: Matthew 25:31-46 St Paul asks the Corinthians: “Am I not free?  Am I not an apostle?” He answers the second question first by calling the Church …

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Written on Feb, 12, 2017 by in | 1 Comment.

I want to forgive those who harmed me. This is different from saying that the harm that was done doesn’t matter. I can’t ignore the past; it is unwise—and foolish—for me to try and create a new past out of whole cloth. I can’t create a past where we weren’t estranged, the past where I didn’t hurt you or you didn’t hurt me. To go down this path isn’t to forgive but to lie. Or maybe more gently, to confuse forgiveness with wishful thinking.

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Written on Feb, 05, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Sunday, Feb 5, 2017: Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee; Triodion Begins Today; Agatha the Martyr, Polyeuktos, Partriarch Of Constantinople, Antonios the New Martyr of Athens, Theodosios, Archbishop of Chernigov, Afterfeast of the Presentation of Our Lord and Savior in the Temple, Theodosios of Antioch Epistle: 2 Timothy 3:10-15 Gospel: Luke 18:10-14 We misunderstand the relationship between the Church and …

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Written on Jan, 29, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

We have been called by God to imitate the example of the Canaanite woman. Whatever else we do in the service of the Gospel begins here, in our fidelity to the example this unnamed woman offers us this morning. We are called, like her, to contribute “not a little” to the healing of others.

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