‘For when the Lord of the Vineyard Comes, what will he do to those Laborers?

‘For when the Lord of the Vineyard Comes, what will he do to those Laborers?

Hierodeacon Rafael Misiaoulis, Theologian   Christ used the image of the vineyard rather than that of any other tree or plant, because he was preparing the faithful to understand that wine, the fruit of the vine, would be given at the Last Supper, so that it would be exactly the...

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‘Good Teacher what Good should I do to have Eternal Life?’

‘Good Teacher what Good should I do to have Eternal Life?’

Hierodeacon Rafael Misiaoulis, Theologian   The rich young man in today’s Gospel reading (Matthew 9, 16-26) begins with an important motive: he seeks an answer about eternal life from Him Who is Eternal, real Life. He seeks an answer to salvation from the Savior. ‘Good teacher, what should I do...

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Two extremely tragic cases

Two extremely tragic cases

Georgios Patronos   In the Gospel reading for the 7th Sunday of Matthew (9, 27-35) we have two events. The first is the cure of two blind men and thereafter that of the man who was both mute and possessed. Both cases are extremely tragic, as Saint Matthew presents them,...

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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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