Without me you can do nothing

Without me you can do nothing
Luke 5:1-11 “Without Me you can do nothing,” (John 15:5) says our Lord. “The Lord never spoke in hyperboles. No words have ever been spoken with a greater measure than His. Therefore, when He says that without Him we can do nothing, then this should be taken literally. He is referring to good, not to ...

Love God and your neighbor

Matthew 22:34-46 Words, with time, become used up, they lose their meaning and their content. As with everything else, it is the fault of us humans. Wherever we have set foot, whatever we have touched with our hands, we have managed to darken the beauty and the splendor of many things. By abusing words, we ...

Let all that you do be done with love

Let all that you do be done with love
(1 Cor. 16 : 13 – 24) We heard the words that the holy Apostle Paul addressed to the Christians in Corinth. The Apostle exhorts his brethren, since they knew about Stephanas and his household that he was one of the best among them, to acknowledge him as such and to submit to him. Not ...

Not I, but the grace of God

Not I, but the grace of God
(1 Cor. 15 : 1 – 11) In chapter 15 of his first epistle to the Corinthians the holy Apostle Paul puts his apostolic and priestly calling to the test before the Christians of Corinth. The criteria that St. Paul set then as a basis for priesthood is still valid today. The grace of God ...

If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him

(1 Cor. 3 : 9–17) “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple are you,” says St. Paul. (1 Cor. 3:16-17). And to cast ...

Repay no one with evil

Through the parable of unforgiving servant (Matthew 18:23-35) our Lord Jesus Christ commands us to forgive in order to be forgiven. He gives us a vivid example so that we might recognize ourselves in it. A certain king and master forgave his servant a huge debt and that servant went out and found one of his ...

Give us this day our daily bread

Give us this day our daily bread
Matthew 14:14:22 We live in dire and difficult times. The uncertainty and insecurity of day-to-day living is great and no one can be impartial to this. Few among us can say that they are secure and that the crisis has no impact on them. In my everyday contact with people I can tell that this ...

Have you come here to torment us before the time?

Matthew 8:28-34 “There met Him two demon-possessed men, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that no one could pass that way.” (Matthew 8:28) St. Mark adds to this description of the demon-possessed men and says that one of them “had often been bound with shackles and chains. And the chains had been pulled ...

On priesthood

On priesthood
Matthew 4:18-23) Holy Gospel reading places us again and again, before the great and wonderful mystery of priesthood. In one, insignificant and sinful man, two extremes seem to clash. Extremes which are difficult to fathom for the human mind. Such a man is called to the holy and most sublime rank of priesthood, he is ...

Take heed to yourself and to all the flock

(Acts 20 : 6–18 ; 28–36) Usually apostolic readings are directed from priests to the faithful people. The epistle is read so that the faithful people of God may learn and become closer to the Lord. But sometimes, you see, the holy epistle is dedicated to  the shepherds of the Lord’s flock, so that they may ...