Sunday of the Blind Man

Sunday of the Blind Man

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou   Today’s Gospel reading describes the healing of a man born blind, and speaks about the Light of life, the Heavenly Light, Christ. God’s revelation occurs in stages as in last week’s Gospel. Both the blind man and the Samaritan woman initially consider Christ to be an...

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Sunday of the Samaritan woman (John 4:5-42)

Sunday of the Samaritan woman (John 4:5-42)

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou   This Gospel reading is exceptional, loaded with great and sublime truths which the Lord condescended to impart to a dissolute woman, a heretic who had led a reckless life and hailed from Samaria, an abomination for the Jews. The reconciliatory way that Christ relates with this...

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Miracle, Hope and Love

Miracle, Hope and Love

Protopresbyter Themistoklis Mourtzanos   And Peter said to him, ‘Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; get up and make your pallet.’ And immediately he rose. And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord. Why do people seek miracles in their lives in order...

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Pre-requisites of Orthodoxy

Pre-requisites of Orthodoxy

Archimandrite Varnavas Lambropoulos   Today’s Gospel certainly has nothing to say to those who embrace the modern ‘gospels’ of self-salvation, which derive from the demonic ‘gospel of the serpent’: ‘You can become gods without God’. The words of the reading will be heard with even greater indifference by those who...

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The Three Keys

The Three Keys

Archimandrite Varnavas Lambropoulos   In Cheesefare Sunday’s Gospel, the Church takes three pieces of gold from the Sermon on the Mount and gives them to us to make keys to open the door of Great Lent. a. Forgiveness of those who have wronged us The first key is our willingness...

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Complacency and Humility

Complacency and Humility

Ioannis Karavidopoulos, Professor Emeritus of New Testament Hermeneutics, A. U. Th.   two characteristic types of people are presented in the Gospel reading, both of them praying in the temple. They were at opposite poles of society as it was...

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Unveil my Eyes

Unveil my Eyes

Archimandrite Varnavas Lambropoulos   The cure of the blind man in Jericho is the last miracle Saint Luke relates before Christ’s entry into Jerusalem and His path towards His Passion. And it may be no coincidence that on Great Friday the hymnographer puts into Christ’s mouth the bitter complaint which...

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Casting off our Sinful Nature and, by Grace, Clothing Ourselves in the Theanthropic Nature

Casting off our Sinful Nature and, by Grace, Clothing Ourselves in the Theanthropic Nature

Metropolitan Panteleimon of Veria, Naousa and Kampania   ‘Having cast off the old self with its practices, and clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in the awareness of Him Who created it’ (Epistle reading, Col. 3, 4-11). On the Sunday of the Holy Forefathers, the Church...

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The Foolish Rich Man

The Foolish Rich Man

Metropolitan of Gortyn and Megalopolis, Ieremias   1. I mentioned to you on another occasion, my Christian friends, that our Church, like the caring mother it is, uses this period of winter- when living conditions have always been difficult- to present us with Sunday Gospel readings that sharpen our awareness...

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The Truth of the Faith as a Struggle for Life

The Truth of the Faith as a Struggle for Life

Metropolitan Ieronymos of Larisa and Tyrnavos   People today, who are indifferent towards so many things, are also indifferent to matters of the faith. Naturally, some sociologists and anthropologists are not slow to interpret this phenomenon as ‘the end of faith’. And there are historians who analyze it as ‘a...

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