I am an Orthodox Christian priest. I have been Orthodox my entire life and a priest since July 2007. From my perspective, in America at least, we have lost the functional understanding of our Orthodox Christian Faith. We must take seriously that our Traditions have purpose and are not a just a litany of tasks and obligations we must perform. To "boil down" the Faith to that creates an environment I believe is what the Apostle Paul taught against. Glory to God.
Be Transfigured –Satisfied with Whatever God Gives to us
It has happened to all of us before. We ask God for something, and we don’t hear an answer. We ask again and again. Finally…we hear His answer and the answer sounds like He said, “NO!” Frustrated, we sulk in a corner wondering why God gives everyone else what THEY ask for, but when it comes to what WE want, He always says, “NO!” In the story of the Canaanite Woman in Matthew 15.21-28, we see a woman who seems to be struggling with the same problem. She asks God over and over again to heal her daughter until she finally hears Him say, “It is not fair to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” The difference is that this woman didn’t sulk, and she didn’t accuse God of giving everyone something that she deserved. The Canaanite Woman had deep faith and a deeper humility that allowed her to be satisfied with whatever God gave to her, and her daughter was healed from the moment she reached that pure faith.
ABOUT BE TRANSFIGURED
Be Transfigured! We invite you to Live a New Life in Christ. We feature videos of our weekly sermons, classes on Orthodox Christianity, Bible studies, questions and answers, and special events in the life of the Transfiguration of Our Savior Greek Orthodox Church in Florence, SC
ABOUT FATHER ATHANASIOS C. HAROS
Father Athanasios C Haros is the Pastor at the Transfiguration of Our Savior Greek Orthodox Church in Florence, South Carolina. His sermon series, known as “Be Transfigured” are found each week on the Orthodox Christian Network. You can find more information about his parish at www.GoFlorence.org, and www.LiveANewLifeInChrist.org.
Posted by the Orthodox Christian Network. You can find the Orthodox Christian Network on Google+