Father John was born in Southampton N.Y. He served as an altar boy during his youth at the Kimisis Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Chruch. He is a graduate of Hellenic College with a B.A. and received his Master of Divinity degree from Holy Cross School of Theology in Brookline, MA in 2012. He is supported in his ministry by his wife Abigail. He was ordained to the priesthood in August 5th, 2012 and assigned to Saint Demetrios as the assistant priest.
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 any nation; it is of faith.
How do we use the gifts of Christ?
The gifts which we receive from God should be used as service to Him and to others. A selfless giving/sacrifice is our calling.
The Centurion and his Servant
The attitude of the centurion is of great importance. We see that he was grieved that his servant was ill and was determined to do everything in his power to save him.
Is our attitude like the centurion’s? Do we go out of our way for each other, or do we look with a blind eye?
Christ is the God of all humankind, not only the Jews, but also the Gentiles.
The Gifts from God
Christ is never too tired to help those in need. He does not lose Himself in our humanity but uses it as strength to free us.
The gift He gave Peter’s mother, health, was returned back to Christ as she immediately tended to their needs.
As demands come into our lives and require much of us, we must not forget and lose sight of the fact that strength also comes.