The fulness of time

The fulness of time
(Gal. 4 : 4 – 7) The nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ The reading of the epistle for the Nativity is the shortest of all apostolic readings. It consists of only three sentences in four verses. In these four biblical verses the most joyful news to mankind is to be found. Let us read ...

God has anointed us and put his seal on us

(2 Corinthians 1:21-24, 2:1-4) Apostolic reading warns us and reminds us to keep our promise to God and our oath that we would belong to the Lord. “And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put His seal on us and given us His ...

Poverty and wealth, the poor and rich

Luke 16:19-31 The reflection on poverty and wealth and the poor and rich should not leave anyone indifferent. No one among us can say, “This does not apply to me, there are wealthier and more selfish people than myself in this world.” Even if this were true, there are definitely people who are poorer than ...

As you want others to do to you, you also do to them likewise

As you want others to do to you, you also do to them likewise
Luke 6:31 “And just as you want men to do, you also do to them likewise.” (Luke 6:31) Even if we see a hint of selfishness in being good for our own benefit, how wonderful it would be if we were able to abide by this evangelical truth! There would never be any disagreements not ...

Do not ignore God’s invitation

(Matthew 22: 1-14) The Holy Gospel invites us and warns us that no one has an excuse. It is about God’s invitation, sent to all of us to come to Him, to approach Him. Christ illustrated this invitation in the story about a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. As all of ...

All who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution

(2 Tim. 3: 10-15) When we listen to the Gospel readings at every holy Liturgy most of us experience them as complete entities. However, the readings of the Epistles often seem as though they have been pulled out of a wider context and we feel that an introduction is necessary for the sake of better ...

About the widows while leafing through the Holy Script

We have recently buried a Serbian woman. At the funeral, which was very large, beside our church singer and me, no more than three Serbs were present. An insignificant person, you would think. I was likely tempted to think that too until I entered the home of one of her sons after the burial. There ...

About the Commitment to the Will of God

Mt. 19, 16-26 A rich young man approaches Christ with a question: which is a good deed he should do so that he could get eternal life. The Lord reminds him about Moses` commands along with rebuking him for trying to fawn over him, calling him gracious. Christ, too, was thirsty for love and goodness ...

They bequeathed to us the teaching of God, pure and unchanged – The Sunday of the Holy Fathers

John 17:1-13 Certain days in the Church year are dedicated to the memory of the Holy Fathers. These are the men, brothers and sisters, who, illuminated by the Holy Spirit, studied, interpreted and spread the teachings of the Church. Many of them sacrificed a great deal for the holy teachings. Most of them gave their ...

Self-exiled Welcoming Catacombs

Self-exiled Welcoming Catacombs
“Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?” (Jer. 23, 29) Our words as well, once, were clean and scorching like a fire; and they had such weight behind them so that hard rocks would shatter under them. In the meantime, our words ...