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Sunday, April 22, 2018

     “The godly women hastened to You with myrrh, O Christ. The one whom they had sought with tears, as a dead man, they worshipped as the living God! And they proclaimed the mystical pascha to Your disciples.” (Paschal Canon, Troparion of Ode 7)

     The women hastened to the Tomb that Sunday morning, looking for “a dead man.” But the One they found, the One revealed to them, was “the living God.” Hence the “mystical pascha” (i.e., “passover” or “transition”) that they proclaimed to the disciples was not only the Lord’s transition from death to life, but their own, the women’s, transition from merely-human dedication to “a dead man” to faith in “the living God.” Because their beloved Teacher was “more” than they had recognized. In His resurrection, Jesus Christ exceeded all their...

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

And Sadducees came to him, who say that there is no resurrection; and they asked him a question, saying, ‘Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife, but leaves no child, the man must take the wife, and raise up children for his brother. There were seven brothers; the first took a wife, and when he died left no children; and the second took her, and died, leaving no children; and the third likewise; and the seven left no children. Last of all the woman also died. In the resurrection whose wife will she be? For the seven had her as wife.’ Jesus said to them, ‘Is not this why you err, not knowing (μὴ εἰδότες) either the scriptures or the power of God? For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven...

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, ‘Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen! Remember how he spoke to you when he was still in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’” (Lk 24: 1-6) 

But of course they sought their living Lord “among the...

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Behold, now is the acceptable/favorable time (καιρὸς εὐπρόσδεκτος, время благоприятное); behold, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Cor 6: 2b)

The best time, the most “favorable” time, for me to respond to God’s call to me, to be found or “saved,” like a ship lost at sea, is now. And this is true, whatever is going on in my chaotic life in the moment, and however little time I seem to have for matters “spiritual.” The Apostle tells me, “now is the day of salvation.” Because God meets us where we are. We may be limited in our places and times of prayer, and in our forms of prayer, sometimes very feeble, informal, and not the way prayer is “supposed” to look, – but He is “everywhere and fills all things,” and is not limited in hearing us, anywhere and at any time.

So let us not procrastinate, o...

Sunday, October 2, 2016

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel; and as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, ‘Why do you seek the living among the dead? Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise.’ And they remembered his words…” (Lk 24: 1-8)

Jesus did, indeed, predict His death and resurrection many times (e.g., Lk 18: 32-33). This was common knowledge even to the scri...

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the exiles of the Diaspora… Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and to an inheritance which is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while you may have to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold which though perishable is tested by fire, may redound to praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (1 Pet 1: 1, 3-7)

I find myself in a different kind of “diaspora” today, living far away from t...

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