The Gospel of Matthew, Part 22

The Gospel of Matthew, Part 22

Matthew 10:16 – 25 The Challenge of the King to His Messengers, The Prudence of the King’s Messenger, The Coming of The King, The Kings’ Messenger and the King’s Sufferings +Opening Thoughts and Basis for discussion We are called to become witnesses and by extension sufferers for Christ. The knowledge...

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The Gospel of Matthew, Part 20

The Gospel of Matthew, Part 20

The Gospel of Matthew 9:27-31 Faith’s Test and Faith’s Reward, The Two Reactions +Son of David have mercy on us! We hear this phrase used many times in the Gospels. It is noteworthy to mention that this phrase is always used by crowds or by people who knew Jesus only...

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The Gospel of Matthew, Part 18

The Gospel of Matthew, Part 18

The Gospel of Matthew Matt 8:18-34 Unconditional Loyalty; A storm Calmed; The Gergesene Demoniacs The way to glory always involves a cross The miracle that can be seen in Matt 8-22 is the miracle of the impact of the personality of Jesus on men. This is a story about the impact...

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Twelfth Sunday of Luke

Twelfth Sunday of Luke

The pastoral flute of your theology conquered the trumpets of orators. For it called upon the depths of the Spirit and you were enriched with the beauty of words. Intercede to Christ our God, O Father Gregory, that our souls may be saved. Apolytikion in the First Tone St. Gregory...

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The Gospel of Matthew, Part 17

The Gospel of Matthew, Part 17

The Gospel of Matthew Matt 8:5 – 17: The Centurion’s Servant Healed; Fulfilling Prophecy: Healings and Exorcisms Opening thoughts and basis for discussion Jesus spoke the word and the servant of the centurion was healed. The Jew had to learn that the Passport to God’s presence is not membership of...

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The Gospel of Matthew, Part 15

The Gospel of Matthew, Part 15

The Gospel of Matthew Matt 7:1-12: On Judging; God’s Answering of Prayer Opening thoughts and basis for discussion How easy is it for us to judge? Much easier when we are biased towards one party vs. the other. Are we ourselves the Holy People of God? Do we strive to...

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The Gospel of Matthew, Part 13

The Gospel of Matthew, Part 13

The Gospel of Matthew 6:9 – 15: The Lord’s Prayer Opening thoughts and basis for discussion This is a prayer, which Jesus taught His disciples to pray. To be a disciple, one must have an idea of Christ and His mission and be devoted to the will of God. The...

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The Gospel of Matthew, Part 11

The Gospel of Matthew, Part 11

The Gospel of Matthew 5:33 – 42: The Fourth and Fifth Examples of the New Spirit Oaths and Revenge Opening thoughts and basis for discussion We must remember the new standard Christ sets in motion for us. Christ’s teaching is that thoughts are just as important as deeds. He is...

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The Gospel of Matthew, Part 10

The Gospel of Matthew, Part 10

The Gospel of Matthew 5:21 – 26 The First Example of the New Spirit Anger and Reconciliation Opening thoughts and basis for discussion This section of the teachings of Jesus is one of the most important in the whole New Testament. In it, we see the authority Jesus speaks with....

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Eight Sunday of Luke

Eight Sunday of Luke

The grace of your words illuminated the universe like a shining beacon. It amassed treasures of munificence in the world. It demonstrated the greatness of humility, teaching us by your own words; therefore, O Father John Chrysostom, intercede to Christ the Logos for the salvation of our souls.

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The Gospel of Matthew, Part 7

The Gospel of Matthew, Part 7

The Gospel of Matthew Matthew 4:12 – 17 Christ Settles in Galilee Opening thoughts and basis for discussion The time had come for Christ to go forth and begin His ministry. His first act was to literally shut the door that lay behind Him before He opened the door that stood...

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Sixth Sunday of Luke

Sixth Sunday of Luke

God, who gave you invincible power and with care kept your city invulnerable, royally clothed the Church in purple with the streams of your blood, for you are her strength, O Demetrios. +Kontakion in the Second Tone

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