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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

     “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (Jn 1: 14)

     St. John, who “thundered” these famous words ca. two millennia ago, was an “unschooled and ordinary” man, as we learn in today’s reading from the Book of Acts, about John and Peter before the religious elite of their time, the Sanhedrin: “…Now when they saw the boldness (παρρησίαν) of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unschooled and ordinary men (ἀγράμματοί εἰσιν, καὶ ἰδιῶται), they marveled. Then they realized that they had been with Jesus.” (Acts 4: 13) Indeed, the only way to explain the “extraordinary” testimony of these “ordinary” men, was by the fact that “they had been with Jesus.” They h...

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

  “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” (1 Jn 4: 1-4)

     We confess that Jesus Christ has come “in the flesh.” Not as did the ancient heretics known as “docetists” (from the Greek verb “dokeo” that means “to seem”), who taught that Christ did...

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

   “Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went to the chief priests to betray him to them. And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give him money. So he sought how he might conveniently betray him.” (Mk 14: 10-11)

     Here St. Mark the Evangelist mentions that Judas is “one of the twelve.” That is Judas’s “vocation” and God-given “place” in this world. But his concern, nay, obsession, with money (cf. Jn 12: 6), which isn’t quite being satisfied in his God-given “place,” draws him out of that place, and onto the slippery slope of “sin” (or “amartia” in Greek, which means “missing the mark” or the point of one’s own existence). It’s an obsession that, when succumbed to, not only makes life worse for Judas, but entirely unbearable, so he kills himself (Mt 27: 5). As it...

Sunday, February 24, 2019

   “And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet; and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry; for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to make merry. Now his elder son was in the field; and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing…” (Lk 15: 21-25)

     On this Sunday of the Prodigal Son, NC-people also celebrate the feast of “The First and Second Finding of the Head of St. John the Baptist,” – who was famously beheaded when Herod’s birthday party, at which there was...

Friday, February 22, 2019

   “Do not love the world (τὸν κόσμον) or the things in the world. If any one loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life (ἀλαζονεία τοῦ βίου, false pretension of life), is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world passes away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides for ever.” (1 Jn 2: 15-17)

     What does St. John mean by “the world,” when he tells us not to love it? Does he mean the world that God “so loved, that He gave His only-begotten Son…” (Jn 3: 16)? Or does he mean the world that God created, and saw that it was “very good” (Gen 1: 31)? No, he means the world we “create,” or rather distort, by seeing it not with gratitude and amaz...

Monday, December 3, 2018

    “But he said to them, ‘How can they say that the Christ is David’s son? For David himself says in the Book of Psalms, ‘The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, till I make thy enemies a stool for thy feet.’ David thus calls him Lord; so how is he his son?’” (Lk 20: 41-44)

Our Lord Jesus Christ is often (not always) quite subtle in revealing His divinity to His followers, as in this case: He quotes a Scripture-passage, “The Lord said to my Lord…” (Ps 199/110: 1), and lets them think about it. It’s not the “only” way He reveals Himself to us, of course, because we are all different, and come to believe in Him in different ways. For some, it was enough to “come and see,” as it was for St. Andrew (Jn 1: 38-40), or for St. John at the empty Tomb (Jn 20: 8); while St. Thomas neede...

Monday, April 16, 2018

     “…Eight days later, his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them, and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing.’ Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.’ Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.” (Jn 20: 26-31)

     “These are written,” – thus St. John explain...

Saturday, September 23, 2017

But the angel said to him, ‘Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth. For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,’ and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.’” (Lk 1: 13-17)

The Archangel Gabriel describes the “spiritual” impact of the Great Forerunner of the Lord, who was to...

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at that gate of the temple which is called Beautiful to ask alms of those who entered the temple. Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked for alms. And Peter directed his gaze at him, with John, and said, ‘Look at us.’ And he fixed his attention upon them, expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said, ‘I have no silver and gold, but I give you what I have; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.’ And he took him by the right hand and raised him up; and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. And leaping up he stood and walked and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising...

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