Category : Scripture

Written on Apr, 17, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Like the Apostles in their choice of Matthias, in the time between Pascha and Pentecost, the Church asks us to reflect on the experience of the early Church to help keep us connected to Jesus and the radical nature of the Gospel. Year after year we return to the struggles and triumphs, the successes and failures of the Apostles to keep alive in our own hearts and communities what it means to be a Christian.

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

Today at the Mystical Supper we see in the lives of the disciples a revelation of what will in a few days be true for all of us, all humanity and for the whole creation.

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Written on Apr, 09, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Let us go together to meet Christ on the Mount of Olives. Today he returns from Bethany and proceeds of his own free will toward his holy and blessed passion, to consummate the mystery of our salvation. He who came down from heaven to raise us from the depths of sin, to raise us with himself, we are told in …

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Written on Apr, 08, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Both Augustine and Chrysostom take pains to remind us of both Jesus’ divinity and humanity. They both likewise are concerned that our awe at His divinity does not overwhelm the intimacy we have with Jesus in His humanity. If we are to be saved, both of Christ’s natures are needed. Necessary as well are our two responses to God becoming flesh and dwelling among us–awe and friendship.

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

Sunday, April 2, 2017: Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt; Titus the Wonderworker, Theodora the Virgin-martyr of Palestine, Amphianos & Aedesios the Martyrs of Lycia Epistle: Hebrews 9:11-14 Gospel: Mark 10:32-45 James and John make a mistake common to many of us who are disciples of Christ. With best of wills, they allow the world to frame their understanding of …

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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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