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.
Matthew 10:16 – 25
The Challenge of the King to His Messengers, The Prudence of the King’s Messenger,
The Coming of The King, The Kings’ Messenger and the King’s Sufferings
+Opening Thoughts and Basis for discussion
We are called to become witnesses and by extension sufferers for Christ. The knowledge of this comes with an acceptance that this will not conform to today’s societal standards.
To be aware of the honesty of Jesus is paramount to understand the life of a Christian. Christ was completely honest, as if he said, “Here is my task for you – at its grimmest and at its worst – do you accept it?”
All Christians will be persecuted to a degree. It is with an open heart and mind and spirit that we must endure and be comforted in the fact that we are treading in the footsteps of Christ.
“God’s grace is not meant to protect the foolhardy, but the prudent.”
+The world offers ease, Christ offers the Kingdom
We must teach each other that we cannot bring people into the Church with the knowledge that life is easy. We are warned that the state, Church, and family will conjoin to be against us, those who strive to follow in the footsteps of Christ.
+Reasons for Persecution
Cannibalism, non-admittance of Emperor as king and god, the tampering of family relations, position of slaves.
“Christianity preaches a view of man which no totalitarian state can accept. Christianity deliberately aims to obliterate certain trades and professions and ways of making money. It still does – and therefore the Christian is still liable to persecution for his faith.”
+King’s Messenger and the King’s Sufferings
Christ warns us that as He had to carry a cross, so also the individual must carry a cross.
The Christian not only is to share in Christ’s glory, but also in his suffering.