Category : Scripture

Written on Jul, 23, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

To avoid the temptation to sentimentality, to “faith” without works, we need to remember that actions worthy of the name “charity” demand practical skills. While our emotions have a role to play in our spiritual lives, like good intentions, they aren’t sufficient. More importantly, and again like good intentions, detached from the moral obligation to practical and effective good works, our emotions can easily deceive us.

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

For many Christians, the centrality of good works to our salvation is much contested. And even when it isn’t, many Christians get anxious whenever they hear someone say that there are good deeds are expected of them. So what do we mean by “good works”?

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Written on Jul, 10, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

To profess Christ for our neighbor’s salvation can never be a purely formal action. There can be nothing mechanical about sharing the Gospel with others. Rather, what we say must be the fruit both of our love for Christ and for the person with whom we are speaking. If love is missing, whatever I say will come off artificial or manipulative. It will feel to people as if I’m trying to win an argument or, worse, humiliate them.

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Written on Jul, 02, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

While the clergy have our own role in the work of discerning what in the culture is compatible with the Gospel, it is not–fundamentally–our vocation. It belongs to the laity to determine what in the culture can serve the Gospel. More importantly, it is your vocation as baptized Orthodox Christians, to shape the culture according to the Gospel.

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

We need to always keep in mind that the charismatic and prophetic dimensions of the Church are not opposed to hierarchical and tradition dimensions. In fact, and here we can appeal to Acts of the Apostles, it belongs to the hierarchical and tradition dimensions to confirm the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Church.

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

To borrow from C.S. Lewis, after the Eucharist “your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses.” While suffering may obscure this holiness from our sight, it can’t destroy the dignity of the human person created in the image of God. And this why that, with St Paul, we can rejoice in our suffering. Simply put, suffering and sin can’t destroy the image of God that is our true and lasting identity.

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Written on Jun, 18, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

It seems sometimes that the sheer breadth of our freedoms and the extent of our wealth undermines our pursuit of holiness. We are free and wealthy beyond what any of the fathers could have imagined. And yet, how do we respond, how do I respond, to the “blessings of liberty” that God has given the Church in America?

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Written on Jun, 11, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Sunday, June 11, 2017: Sunday of All Saints, Bartholomew the Holy Apostle, Barnabas the Holy Apostle, Revelation of the Hymn Axion Estin to a monk on Mt. Athos by the Archangel Gabriel.  Epistle: Hebrews 11:33-40;12:1-2Gospel: Matthew 10:32-33; 37-38;19:27-30 How can we explain our zeal in attending this solemn gathering today, beloved, if not by the fact that our brothers and sisters …

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Sunday, June 4, 2017: Holy Pentecost;: Our Father Metrophanes, Archbishop of Constantinople, Mary & Martha, the sisters of Lazarus, Sophia of Thrace, The Mother of Orphans Epistle: Acts 2:1-11 Gospel: John 7:37-52; 8:12 When the Lord told his disciples to go and teach all nations and baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of …

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Written on May, 25, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Sunday, May 28, 2017: Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council; The Holy Hieromartyr Eutychius, Bishop of Melitene, Nikitas, Bishop of Chalcedon, Eutechios, Bishop of Mytilene, Helikonis the Martyr, Heladios the Hieromartyr of the East, Zacharias the New Martyr Epistle: Acts 20:16-18, 28-36 Gospel: John 17:1-13 Let’s look ahead for a moment. Next Sunday we celebrate Pentecost. We sometimes, wrongly but …

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