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Sunday, September 15, 2019

     “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning / my transgressions? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer; and by night, but find no rest.” (Ps 21/22: 1-2)

     There is nothing new about having “doubt” in the whole business of our relationship with God. After all, it is in the Psalms, as quoted above. And it is in the words of this precise Psalm that our Lord gave voice to the human experience of doubt, when He cried out from the cross: “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (Mt 27: 46).

     The word “doubt” comes from the Latin “dubitare,” which means “to hesitate, to question, to waver in opinion…” It is part, really, of all my relationships, – the merely-human ones also. I can be confronted w...

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life (ὁ ἄρτος τῆς ζωῆς); he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me; and him who comes to me I will not cast out…” (Jn 6: 35-37)

Today, on Bright Saturday, the special Easter “Bread” or “Artos,” which we see on a small table before the iconostasis in our churches all of Bright Week, is broken and distributed to the faithful. The “Artos” was first blessed on the night of Pascha, and carried around the church in processions throughout this week. It signifies, or points to, the presence of the Lord among us, His disciples, after His resurrection.

So that is why I’m thinking about this passage, in which Christ...

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