Zacchaeus, a Moving Example of Repentance

Zacchaeus, a Moving Example of Repentance

Hierodeacon Rafael Misiaoulis, Theologian   In today’s Gospel reading, we hear that Jesus entered Jericho and was going through the town. There was a man there called Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus was a chief tax-collector by profession. This was a job identified in people’s minds with deceit, theft and lies. At that...

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The 15th Sunday of Luke (Zacchaeus)

The 15th Sunday of Luke (Zacchaeus)

From the Kyriakodromion of Monk Agapios   All injustice, illegal seizure and greed is wicked and worthy of abhorrence on the part of those who love God and are of sound mind. Tax-collectors are the worst of all as regards injustice. Just as lions are worse and fiercer than any...

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The Achievement of Faith (11th Sunday of Luke- of the Forefathers) [3]

The Achievement of Faith (11th Sunday of Luke- of the Forefathers) [3]

Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi   All the temptations, whenever they overcome us, do, indeed, injure us and are obstacles on our path. Their sole aim is to erode love. Satan concocts situations and events which, in essence, don’t really exist but which befuddle the minds of those who are either...

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The Achievement of Faith (11th Sunday of Luke- of the Forefathers) [2]

The Achievement of Faith (11th Sunday of Luke- of the Forefathers) [2]

Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi   Now we proceed with the same faith, which is no longer abstract, however, because the promises have come, the fullness of time has arrived, the incarnation of the Word of God has occurred and the ‘angel of great counsel’ has appeared (Is. 9, 6). Our...

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The Achievement of Faith (11th Sunday of Luke- of the Forefathers)

The Achievement of Faith (11th Sunday of Luke- of the Forefathers)

Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi   The dismissal hymn for the feast of the Holy Forefathers, says: ‘You justified the forefathers in faith, and through them betrothed Yourself, in advance, to the Church taken from out of the Gentiles’. These words, if you look at them carefully, are full...

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‘Do not Fear; only Believe and you will be Saved’

‘Do not Fear; only Believe and you will be Saved’

Hierodeacon Rafael Misiaoulis, Theologian   In today’s Gospel reading, Saint Luke the Evangelist mentions two miracles performed by Our Lord Jesus Christ: the one is the healing of the woman with an issue of blood; the second- even more astonishing- is the resurrection of Jairus’ daughter. Two separate cases, two...

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The Parable of the Sower

The Parable of the Sower

Metropolitan Panteleimon of Antinoes   In today’s Gospel reading, the Evangelist Luke presented the Parable of Sower. Our Lord Jesus Christ used examples from the daily life to express the heavenly and divine truths. He was able in this way to help the man of good will to understand and...

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Christ’s Compassion

Christ’s Compassion

‘And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her’ Teachers of little children train them in accordance with a system, whereby they attempt to teach them the subject of the lesson by beginning with the easiest aspect and then proceeding to the more difficult ones. This is also...

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Sermon on the 1st Sunday of Luke (Luke 5: 1-11)

Sermon on the 1st Sunday of Luke (Luke 5: 1-11)

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   What should be admired first from what the Evangelist Luke told us today? The people of Galilee, who thirsted to hear the words of Jesus? They filled the shore of Lake Gennesaret as soon as they learned that Jesus was there, and they longed to...

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Our Co-operation is Required (Luke 19, 1-10)

Our Co-operation is Required (Luke 19, 1-10)

Archimandrite Varnavas Lambropoulos   Lazarus didn’t play a part in his resurrection. How could he have done, since he was already in the grave? Christ raised Him because that is what He Himself wished. Zacchaeus, however, worked hard for his resurrection. It started with an intense desire to encounter...

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