Tag : Discipleship

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

There is no other way to love God and our neighbor, there is no other way to grow in holiness or to bear witness to the Risen Lord Jesus Christ but through fidelity to our personal vocations.

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Written on Jun, 12, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

Let us run to the Feast, receive the Spirit and go, boldly, into the world as disciples of Christ, witnesses to the Resurrection, and Spirit-bearer prophets to a world torn by divisions and scarred by sin! My brothers and sisters in Christ! Let us be who we are: Apostles of Joy!

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Written on May, 08, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

…let’s simply admit this, we can doubt not because the mystery is so great but because the witness of Christians is so poor.

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Written on Apr, 18, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

To be a sacrament of God’s mercy means first to renounce and resist the myriad ways in which I pursue power and control over the lives of others. We have no better example of this than the saint we commemorate today, St Mary of Egypt. Having repented of a life in which she sought to humiliate others, she instead wholeheartedly pursued Christ. The fruit of this was that she was able, at the end of her life, to be a source of mercy for Fr Zosimas.

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Written on Apr, 05, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

Jesus understands us. He is, as we hear in the epistle this morning, not only our “high priest” but able “to sympathize with our weakness.” He is able to understand us because though He “has been tempted as we are” he is “without sin.” That last phrase, that Jesus is “without sin” might throw me off. How can Jesus really sympathize with me if, unlike me, He never sinned? After al, isn’t there’s something in my experience—personal sin—that’s lacking in His?

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Written on Mar, 06, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

Without prejudice to our obligations to the poor and the outcast of society, “the least of these” are also those who proclaim the Kingdom and who invite the nations to share in God’s love. Seen this way, we discover a hidden depth not only to the Gospel and the Epistle but the Judgment to come.

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Written on Feb, 07, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

Paul’s life reflects the healthy and wholesome self-confidence that is the fruit of fidelity to God. Such fidelity can’t be abstract or merely theoretical; it isn’t a matter of words, ideas or feelings. Fidelity to Christ is the fruit of the careful discernment of our own, personal vocation and our subsequent obedience to the contours and content of the life and work to which we have been called.

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Written on Feb, 05, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

When we fail to form people as disciples of Jesus Christ it isn’t just that we miss out on the fruits of vibrant ministries or sacrificial stewardship. It also means that our communities are filled with people who haven’t experienced God’s love for them.

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Written on Feb, 03, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

Like salvation, discipleship is a process. We grow in holiness, we grow in our participation in the divine nature (see 2 Peter 1:2-4), we grow in our likeness to Christ. Discipleship is dynamic that begins in the sacraments and the hearing of the kerygma. But, to return to the Apostle Paul one last time, “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” (Romans 10:14, NKJV).

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Written on Feb, 01, 2016 by in | 4 Comments.

If in fact, the parish “has replaced the Church and, by the same token, has become a completely secular organization” it isn’t simply because of secularism but a failure to preach the Gospel. It reflects a situation in which we make good Orthodox who are not (necessarily) good Christians in the sense of being disciples of Jesus Christ.

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