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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Sermon on Sunday 11th of Luke (Luke 14: 16-24, Matthew 22:14)

Sermon on Sunday 11th of Luke (Luke 14: 16-24, Matthew 22:14)

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   The parable of the Great Banquet, which we heard today in the Holy Gospel, was told by Jesus at the house of a Pharisee lord during a dinner in which he had been invited with others. He took the opportunity to teach this parable from...

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Whole or Half Christians?

Whole or Half Christians?

Ioannis Karavidopoulos, Professor of the School of Thelogy of the University of Thessaloniki   The case of the prominent Jew who had observed all the commandments of Mosaic Law from the time of his youth is one we can easily relate to. He asks Jesus what remains for him to...

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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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The Rich Man and Lazarus

The Rich Man and Lazarus

Monk Agapios   Gospel Reading for the 5th Sunday of Luke From the Kyriakodromion of Monk Agapios, 17th century*. The Lord said, ‘There was a rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named...

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Sermon on the 2nd Sunday of Luke (Luke 6: 31-36)

Sermon on the 2nd Sunday of Luke (Luke 6: 31-36)

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   Our Lord Jesus Christ has revealed many wonderful truths, which until then were unknown. Many of these concern our relations with other people, either inside our homes or outside in society. Perhaps there is difficulty in remembering everything one has to observe in dealing with...

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Submission to the Will of God

Submission to the Will of God

Rafael Ch. Misiaoulis, Theologian   In today’s Gospel reading, we see the call, the invitation from Christ, to three disciples, Peter, James and John (fishermen from Judea unknown to Him at that time), at Lake Gennesaret. Jesus uses Peter’s boat and makes a pulpit of it in order to preach...

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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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