Category : Scripture

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

God doesn’t compel me, He woos me. God doesn’t just passively leave room for my freedom, my creativity, He creates the space, the conditions, for me to discover and exercise my freedom and creativity. And as God has done for me, I must do for you.

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Written on May, 21, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Sunday, May 21, 2017: Sunday of the Blind Man; Constantine and Helen, Equal-to-the Apostles,Constantine and Helen, Equal-to-the Apostles, Pachomios the Righteous New Martyr Epistle: Acts 26:1, 12-20 Gospel:John 9:1-38 Christ is Risen! The Scriptures see blindness as having two, fundamental meanings. Like deafness, blindness is both a terrible physical affliction, It is also a sign humanity’s estrangement from God. For example,in …

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Written on May, 14, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Both the Gospel and Acts of the Apostles are clear. The Church grows and humanity is saved because Christians are willing to go where God will lead them. And where He leads us, spiritually (and sometimes literally) is always to the margins of our own lives. To be a disciple of Jesus Christ means always to be an exile.

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