Above all things, put on love

Above all things, put on love
(Col. 3 : 12–16) The cycle of church feast days begins with the New Year. With the beginning of the New Year, the Church wants us to begin living a better and more righteous life than before, if have not done so already. This is why  epistle speaks to us about good Christian behavior. This ...

To God always, to human laws sometimes – part 2

In Canada, the death sentence for the most cruel crimes is abolished, but the death sentence for the most innocent ones is approved and widespread. Countries and nations which take care about their house are more human about this issue. For the time being. Some countries, like Chile, El Salvador, Malta and Nicaragua for example, ...

To God always, to human laws sometimes – part 1

“Be very careful, then, how you live, not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5, 15-16) This the way that almost two thousand years ago the holly apostle Paul was warning the Christians of the licentious, atheistic town Ephesus. And he warns the Christians ...

He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly

He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly
2 Cor. 9 : 6–11 These words by St. Paul: “He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully” (2 Cor. 6:6) are about voluntary giving. They inspire me to think about us and to make some unavoidable comparisons. We Serbs are a rather strange people, and ...

Chastise but also comfort

Chastise but also comfort
(1 Cor. 4 : 9–16) Believe it or not, brothers and sisters, I think of the holy Apostle Paul as though he were our contemporary, a man I might run into around the corner, if only I went looking for him. Not a single word he wrote or inspired others to write, is excessive. Generation ...

Come out from among them and be separate

Come out from among them and be separate
(2 Cor. 6 : 16 – 7 : 1) In his epistle to the Christians in Corinth, St. Paul sets the example of the Old Testament Prophets and uses their words to warn his contemporaries. “Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord, do not touch what is unclean and I will ...

Be content with such things as you have

Be content with such things as you have
Heb. 13: 7–16 In these grey November days I often find myself in a somber mood and troubled thoughts. There was a time when mornings dawned bright and cheerful, full of curiosity and joyful expectation but these days, I feel as though I am waking up more tired than when I had gone to sleep ...

Never in despair (2 Cor. 4 : 8) – On depression

Never in despair (2 Cor. 4 : 8) - On depression
In his apostolic message St. Paul touches upon a painful subject, something that wreaks havoc in many lives and makes them miserable: depression. In the past no one paid much attention to this illness as it often appeared slowly and imperceptibly, only to press its victim hard under its burden, but it was also known ...

Turbanization of Serbs

Turbanization of Serbs
“Do not listen to turbo-folk- die of natural causes”-Belgrade graffiti. I find myself in a very awkward situation when I need to write about something I do not like and I do not truly understand. And that something, that I do not like and do not understand, torments me, haunts me and disturbs me. It ...

St. Prophet Elijah

St. Prophet Elijah
Preach, reprove, correct, and encourage (2 Tim 4:2) Many object-and sometimes I suspect they might be right- that I am very strict and negative; that I always object and criticize and give negative examples and that I never come before my people with praise. Once, one of my parishioners- now my former parishioner-told me what ...