On forgiveness

On forgiveness
Matthew 18:23-35 Inspired by today’s reading of the Holy Gospel, I would like us to talk about a certain disease, a dangerous and destructive disease, which is in its essence deeply un-Christian. Sadly, hardly anyone is immune to this disease today. This is the disease of not forgiving, the illness of judging and condemnation. The ...

Having been set free from sin

Having been set free from sin
(Rom. 6 : 18–23) In my many years as a priest I have read the Holy Scriptures many times, but I still am pleasantly surprised by the many new and spiritually profitable things that I learn each time I hear the holy words. Take the words of the Paul’s epistle to the Romans, 6 : ...

The challenge of friendship

The challenge of friendship
Matthew 6:14-21 Christ spoke the truth when He said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21) Knowing full well our attachment to our treasures, He instructs us not to lay up for ourselves “treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but ...

What is happening to this world, what is it with this planet of ours?

What is happening to this world,  what is it with this planet of ours?
It was by chance that one TV channel caught my attention. Until recently I have not known of its existence, and since it has entered my life, I was exposed to the images of shock and horror. In recent years, whether we like it or not, climate outbursts and weather disasters and calamities have become ...

Tattooing

Tattooing
Recently,- very sternly- probably angry at one of his own that got tattooed- a young man asked me about the orthodox point of view of tattooing. Even before he asked me this question, this sad contagion got my attention. When you turn on any of the entertaining channels, whether you watch a concert, or a ...

The Prophets Prophesy Lies in my Name

The Prophets Prophesy Lies in my Name
It’s been long since some thoughts occupy my mind, namely, what is going on with the people who see one thing and read another, and what they read they interpret in a twisted way. There are many reasons for my thinking, but one carried the greatest weight: willy-nilly, one has to stop, and if baptized, ...

So that there is no division among you

So that there is no division among you
Among all the evils of this world that have befallen us, one evil, worse than all the others, we foolishly call upon ourselves. They have been dividing us from all sides, they have been partitioning and breaking our national being into pieces, and to our greater misfortune we ourselves have jumped on that bandwagon and ...

Do not receive the Grace of God in vain

Do not receive the Grace of God in vain
(2 Cor. 6 : 1–10) St. Paul rites to the Christians in Corinth to beware lest they receive the grace of God in vain (2 Cor. 6:1). As a priest, I sometimes compare myself and my stand with these words of the Apostle and I must admit that in these moments I am overcome by fear ...

The Oath

The Oath
“Is not my word like fire- declares the Lord; and as a hammer that break  the rock in pieces”. (Jer. 23,29) Once, the human words, our words, were harder than stone. God’s word has stayed the same as it was, but our human words have become worn out and thinner. People got bound by words ...

Finding out what is acceptable to the Lord

Finding out what is acceptable to the Lord
(Eph. 5 : 10) “Finding out what is acceptable to the Lord” (Eph. 5:10) says the holy Apostle Paul in his epistle to the Ephesians. Of the Christians in Rome, he asks, “do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that ...