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Monday, July 29, 2019

       ”I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually-immoral people (πόρνεις); not at all meaning the sexually-immoral of this world, or the greedy and robbers, or idolaters, since then you would need to depart from the world. But rather I wrote to you not to associate with any one who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or robber—not even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. ‘Drive out the wicked person from among you.’” (1 Cor 5: 9-13)

      I usually avoid writing reflections about biblical passages that I do not understand. But the above-quoted passage is our Church’s re...

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

    “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Now I myself am confident concerning you, my brethren, that you also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another. Nevertheless, brethren, I have written more boldly to you on some points, as reminding you, because of the

grace given to me by God…” (Rom 15: 13-15)

     On this fourth week of the Apostles’ Fast, as we approach the great feast of Sts. Peter and Paul (this upcoming Friday, for NC-people, and on July 12, for OC-people), I’d like to take pause and reflect on St. Paul’s admonishing-yet-encouraging pastoral “style.” The great Apostle to the Gentiles does admonish his people, writing “more boldly” to them...

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