Category : Scripture

Written on Aug, 20, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Sunday, August 20, 2017: 11th Sunday of Matthew; Samuel the Prophet, Holy Martyr Luke of Bouleutos, Afterfeast of the Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary, Stephen, First King of Hungary, Hierotheos, Bishop of Hungary Epistle: 1 Corinthians 9:2-12 Gospel: Matthew 18:23-35 Glory to Jesus Christ! St Paul chastises the Corinthians for failing to do …

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Written on Aug, 13, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Reconciliation requires with those who’ve hurt me or to help others be reconciled to Christ and the Church can only happen if I see a least faint glimmer of goodness in the person. If I can’t see at least “the silhouette of virtue” in them,

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Written on Aug, 06, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Let us run with confidence and joy to enter into the cloud like Moses and Elijah, or like James and John. Let us be caught up like Peter to behold the divine vision and to be transfigured by that glorious transfiguration. Let us retire from the world, stand aloof from the earth, rise above the body, detach ourselves from creatures and turn to the creator, to whom Peter in ecstasy exclaimed: Lord, it is good for us to be here.

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Written on Jul, 30, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

However important, and even essential, are the things we do in this life we need to remember that “there will be none of these tasks” in the Kingdom of God. Rather like what Martha we “will find there is what Mary chose.” In the Kingdom of God “we shall not feed others, we ourselves shall be fed” by Jesus Christ the Word of God.

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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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