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 9:27-31
Faith’s Test and Faith’s Reward, The Two Reactions
+Son of David have mercy on us!
We hear this phrase used many times in the Gospels. It is noteworthy to mention that this phrase is always used by crowds or by people who knew Jesus only at a distance.
Their cry was to the one who would restore their freedom and to lead them to power, glory, and greatness.
Christ’s response was to test the blind men’s faith and to make sure they knew what they were doing and asking for. He had to be sure that these men sincerely and earnestly desired the healing he could give.
Christ compelled these men to face him alone, apart from the crowd where their thoughts and feelings would be their own.
+The two reactions
We have two reactions: one from the crowds which was ‘amazed wonder’ and that from the Phariees, ‘virulent hatred’.
The man with a sense of need will always see wonders in Christ, the man who is so set in his ways that he will not change, the man who is so proud in his self-righteousness that he cannot submit, the man who is so blinded by his prejudices that he cannot see, will always resent and hate and seek to eliminate Him.
+The Threefold Work
Here in one sentence we see the threefold activity which was the essence of the life of Jesus:
1. Jesus was the herald
2. Jesus was teacher.
3. Jesus was healer.
+The harvest is great, but the workers are few.
The Pharisees in their pride looked for the destruction of sinners; Jesus in loved died for the salvation of sinners.
If the harvest of men is ever to be reaped, then every one of us must be a reaper, for there is someone whom each one of us could – and must – bring to God.