Everything in its own time

Everything in its own time
I watch our youth, our boys and girls, at their fullest strength and energy, how carelessly they spend their lives, their days and their years, given from God; how they squander them in vain. When meeting with my parishioners, I see a little girl transformed over night to an adolescent, and to a young woman, ...

“No one can hinder us”

“No one can hinder us; we are stronger than fate,” is the main lyric of what is considered to be a “folk” ditty. I’ll come back to this imbecile poetaster’s oeuvre later. However, it did prompt me to think about what happens to those who are so conceited, plunged so deep in stupidity, that they ...

Abirams, Dathans and their unfortunate brethren

Abirams, Dathans and their unfortunate brethren
All kinds of strange things happen to us, lately more often, and that some of my parishioners ask me, if I knew, and if I met this or that “priest”. They say that this “honor” usually happens to them in bars. They met, they say, that fortunate fellow and that he introduced himself with his ...

Come with me into the deep

Come with me into the deep
Luke 5:1-11 The evangelical reading for the eighteenth week after Pentecost is an invitation to all of us to delve more deeply and widely into our faith. The story that delivers this invitation to us is as follows. The Lord happened to pass by the shores of Gennesaret Lake, “and saw two boats standing by ...

On accepting the will of God

On accepting the will of God
Matthew 19:16-26 A wealthy young man came to Christ with the question what he should do to deserve eternal life. The Lord reminded him of the law of Moses and then gently chastised him for trying to flatter Him by calling Him “good.” Christ also needed goodness and love and a kind word from a ...

Build your wealth with good deeds

Build your wealth with good deeds
Matthew 19:16 – 26 This is what the Holy Gospel tells us to do. Christ does not condemn wealth and He does not bless the wealthy. Of them He says, “But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.” (Luke 6:24) This is why the rich man has no place in ...

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 ...