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 ...

On Ecumenism from Another Point of View

On Ecumenism from Another  Point of View
Recently  we  see our church dignitaries parade all over this sinful planet walk, meet , sit with other religious dignitaries; hug and osculate; draw up and sign various resolutions; walk all over the world and bring various people to Serbia – and this, all in the name of Christian love and unity. It is not ...

There is neither male nor female

There is neither male nor female
(Gal 3: 23–29) In the epistle to the Christians on Galatia the holy Apostle Paul teaches us about the equality of all mankind before the Lord. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:28), he ...

Their clothes say, to God not to pray

Their clothes say, to God not to pray
Since I was a child, with fear and sigh, I listened to the beautiful spiritual, religious song, dedicated to the Holy Mother of God, in which we pray to our dearest Lady who always protected us, to give us protection, but now, “lo, the people decline.” The song  names various misdeeds of the people – ...