Fr. David Smith is the senior priest at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church in Syracuse, NY. He is a graduate of Drew University and Asbury Theological Seminary, as well as having a Doctor of Ministry degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary/Antiochian House of Studies, granted in 2000. In addition, he has been a licensed Nursing Home Administrator (NY and PA) since 2005. He is happily married with four children.
In the Divine Liturgy, when the priest summons the people to Holy Communion, he sings, “With fear of God, and faith, and love, draw ye near.” Does it seem odd to you that the first thing mentioned is fear? In his sermon “On the Fear of God,” St. Dorotheos of Gaza explores the need of all Christians to fear God. This great desert saint wanted to impart to the monks under his care the supreme importance of understanding what it meant to fear God as a part of the spiritual life.