Compulsion and the Church (Luke 14, 16-24)

Compulsion and the Church (Luke 14, 16-24)

Archimandrite Ieronymos Nikolopoulos   Although these days it’s claimed that rights and the opportunities for choice are being consolidated, in fact we’re being subjected to harsh coercion and manipulation. Despite the best efforts of many people, the vision of freedom really hasn’t succeeded, and the prevailing reality is one of...

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Form and Substance (Luke 13, 10-17)

Form and Substance (Luke 13, 10-17)

Archimandrite Nikanor Karayannis   Today’s Gospel reading is a clear and stark indictment of formalism in religion. Saint Luke tells us that Christ cured someone on the Sabbath and this was cause enough for Him to come into conflict with the Judaism of His time, which had transformed the commandments...

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The challenge of being rich (Luke18, 18-27)

The challenge of being rich (Luke18, 18-27)

Archimandrite Nikanor Karayannis   Today’s Gospel reading of the young rich man presents us with a challenge. Christ’s words give us pause for thought: they seem so harsh because He asks him to overcome a powerful worldly addiction. ‘Sell everything you have and give to the poor…and come and follow...

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9th Sunday of Luke: ‘A Fierce Condemnation of Greed’

9th Sunday of Luke: ‘A Fierce Condemnation of Greed’

Protopresbyter Nikolaos Patsalos   The ninth Sunday of Saint Luke and the Gospel reading again revolves around the great temptation of the misuse of wealth. The parable of the foolish rich man is well-known and, at the same time, of enduring interest to everyone, not only to those who have...

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Why we should not judge our neighbour

Why we should not judge our neighbour

Sunday’s Gospel of the Good Samaritan has as its core message ‘Love your neighbour as you love yourself’. But the story is a reply to a specific question and obviously doesn’t exhaust all facets of the issue. For example, in this particular case, the ‘neighbourly’ thing to do next would...

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Christ is late (Luke 8, 41-56)

Christ is late (Luke 8, 41-56)

Iraklis Filios   Today’s Gospel reading (Luke 8, 41-56) is truly wonderful. It has to do with the raising of Jairus’ daughter and the healing of the woman with an issue of blood. According to the text, an important figure in the synagogue, Jairus, approached Jesus and asked Him to...

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6th Sunday of Luke: ‘The Possessed Man as the Fragmentation of the Human Person’

6th Sunday of Luke: ‘The Possessed Man as the Fragmentation of the Human Person’

Protopresbyter Nikolaos Patsalos   On the 6th Sunday of Luke, the great Redeemer of the human race, while He was in the land of the Gadarenes, opposite Galilee, relieves, redeems and liberates a man from a terrible threat. The ‘sick’ servant in today’s Gospel is suffering from a spiritual illness....

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The Third Sunday of Luke (Luke 7, 11-16)

The Third Sunday of Luke (Luke 7, 11-16)

Father Nikolaos Patsalos   Anyone reading or hearing today’s Gospel (the raising of the son of the widow in Nain) can form their own thoughts and conclusions. One thing which people might think of and wonder about is why God doesn’t show the same compassion in all cases of the...

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Second Sunday of Luke

Second Sunday of Luke

† Dionysios, Metropolitan of Servia and Kozani   It’s a great thing for there to be concord and love in life. Then again, it’s a bad thing to have discord and enmity. Through harmony and love we build our life; with discord and hatred we ruin it. Because our life’s...

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Close to Christ and Far from Him

Close to Christ and Far from Him

Archimandrite Ioïl Yiannakopoulos   A. Far from Christ. From today’s Gospel reading : ‘We’ve worked all night long and haven’t caught anything’, says Peter to Christ when the latter tells him to let the nets out again*. So, away from Christ, it was ‘night’ for them. They worked...

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