Category : Scripture

Written on Jan, 22, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

As the bishop is for the members of his diocese, so the Christian must be for the world. The bishop leads a band of prophets, of witnesses to the Resurrection of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ. For this reason, it is not enough for us merely to affirm the Creed. It is not enough for us to learn theology or sing the hymns of the Church. No, it is not enough for us to be anything less than witnesses to the Resurrection!

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Written on Jan, 15, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

We need to start talking to each other. We need to break the silence that allows us to overlook the vast majority of Orthodox Christians who have lost or are losing their faith.

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

Sunday, January 8, 2017: Sunday after Theophany of our Lord; George of Hozeva, Domnica the Righteous of Constantinople, Atticus and Cyrus, Holy Patriarchs of Constantinople, Emilianos the Confessor, Bishop of Cyzikos, Gregory of the Kiev Caves Epistle: Ephesians 4:7-13 Gospel: Matthew 4:12-17 We each of us have a baptismal vocation, a life calling from God that we receive at Holy …

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Written on Jan, 03, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Ascetical struggle also helps, as Paul suggests in today’s reading, to cultivate the habits of sober, righteous and godly living. sobriety, righteousness, and godliness are the fruits of Christian discipleship; of lives shaped around the Person and teaching of Christ. And the fruit of discipleship is the good work of a daily, hourly, witness to Christ and the Gospel.

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Written on Dec, 30, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

Sunday, January 1, 2017: Feasts of Circumcision of Christ & Basil the Great; New-martyr Peter of the Peloponnesos Epistle: Colossians 2:8-12 Gospel: Luke 2:20-21, 40-52 The Apostle Paul is never shy in his willingness to draw an unfavorable comparison between the wisdom of this world and wisdom of God. He does this in any number of places including his epistle …

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Written on Dec, 22, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

God’s affirmation of humanity extends beyond creation, even beyond judgment, to include His taking on our life as His own. He became as we are, so that we may become as He is to paraphrase St Athanasius the Great. The Incarnation of the Son and the deification of the human person are two sides of one mystery, of God’s “Yes!” to us.

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Written on Dec, 20, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

And when we say “Yes!” to God, what happens? We are transformed; we become not simply more than we are but who we are created to be. And for all the diversity of gifts and personalities we see in the Church, underneath that this there a common identity. We are disciples of Christ, called by Him to be His Apostles, witnesses to the Good News of His great love for mankind, a love that leads Him not only to become as we are, so that we can become as He is but to suffer and die for us.

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Written on Dec, 13, 2016 by in | 1 Comment.

Sunday, December 11, 2016: Sunday of Forefathers (Ancestors) of Christ Venerable Daniel the Stylite; Luke the New Stylite of Chalcedon; Nikon “the dry” of the Kiev Caves; Venerable Leontios of Achaia; Martyr Barsabbas of Persia Epistle: Colossians 3:4-11 Gospel: Luke 14:16-24 We can always find a reason to say “No!” to God. In the parable Jesus tells this morning, we …

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Written on Dec, 04, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

… the key to understanding everything we do in the Church; it’s the key that unlocks not only the of the ascetical life but the canons and the Creed. Holy Tradition in all its myriad parts has but one goal: To free us—you and me—from the tyranny of the devil, from whatever “spirit of infirmity” that keeps us “bent over,” so that we can “fully straighten” ourselves and say “Yes!” to God.

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Written on Nov, 27, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

This why God’s mercy, to return to where we began, often feel harsh. It does, because it is. My tendency toward rebellion needs to be defeated if I am to inherit eternal life and there are no gentle wars.

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