Priests and politics

Priests and politics
This is the age of politics. Suppressed and concealed for decades, the public opinion has now gushed out from our people and it seems that everyone is engaged in some sort of politics, regardless of their age; they found their own political parties and seek supporters everywhere. There’s a lot happening within the freedoms that ...

Orthodoxy and our role in it

Orthodoxy and our role in it
The first Sunday of Great and Holy Lent is called the Sunday of Orthodoxy. At Divine services we listen to the story of the first gathering of the disciples around Christ. The Lord says of one of them, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit.” (John 1:47) Why is this particular gospel ...

Lent

Lent
Matthew 6:14-21 The Great and Holy Lent is about to start. The Cheesefare Sunday is the day of forgiveness. It is an old Orthodox custom to meet and greet one another on this day, to forgive all offenses and make peace, in order that we may begin the fast cleansed and lightened. Our Lord Jesus ...

Let us answer His call

(The Twenty Eighth Sunday after Pentecost) Luke 14:16-24 Last week, brothers and sisters, I had two unexpected encounters here at our church. Both of them were, in some way, brought about by an unhappy turn of events. I interrupted my regular work activities twice on order to open up the church and witness the drama ...

Cursed is the one who trusts in man

Cursed is the one who trusts in man
(Jer. 17: 5) “Thus the Lord saith: Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord.”  And still the Lord says: “Put no trust in princes, in children of Adam powerless to save.” (Ps. 146, 3) Thus the Lord has said to his ...

Return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning

Return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning
(Joel 2, 12) I do not know if it can be worse for us than it is now. That, worse, it seems to me that could only be finally destroyed. But God do not give us, to be witnesses of greater evil than this which has already happend to us. I also do not know, ...

Why Lord does not the prevent war?

Why Lord does not the prevent war?
The answer to this question I sought where the answers to the many of my questions I seek – in the Scripture. Why war? Because the time for a war comes, when the evil accumulates, as pus under boil and once it must burst. Simply there is a “War time and peace time” (Eccl. 3: 8) ...

Go and do likewise

Luke 10:25-37 The Holy Gospel, in Luke 10:25-37, offers many topics to reflect on. Currently one of them seems most prominent to me and it is Christ’s very emphasized appeal to move from words and contemplation to deeds. The holy Evangelists have noted down, for our spiritual growth, a conversation between our Lord and the ...

The basis of primacy

The basis of primacy
Mark 10:32-45 Here we are faced with an answer to a question that any Christian may ask himself or others – whether he is the Pope in Rome who, in his pride, has taken the place of God, or an illiterate shepherd who may not know how to sign his own name. The question is: ...

He is our peace

(Eph. 2: 14 – 22) “For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the wall of separation, having disabled in His flesh the enmity (Eph. 2:14). It is of the Lord Jesus Christ that the holy Apostle Paul speaks in the epistle that we heard at today’s holy ...