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 Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus (2)

The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus (2)

Metropolitan Ierotheos of Nafpaktos and Ayios Vlasios   Fourth. Although the soul of Lazarus went to the bosom of Abraham and that of the rich man went to hell, Christ says in the parable that Lazarus went to the bosom of Abraham and that this particular rich man went to...

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Wage Increase

Wage Increase

Metropolitan Ieronymos of Larisa and Tyrnavos   It’s a common phenomenon all over the world that people try, by any means they can, to increase their share of wealth. Some are moved by a sense of justice, others are motivated by their own greed, some want to create equal social...

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The Divine Invitation

The Divine Invitation

Ioannis Karavidopoulos, Professor Emeritus of New Testament Hermeneutics, A. U. Th.   The Gospel readings which the Church has appointed to be read at the Divine Liturgy from the end of September (actually from the Sunday after the Exaltation of the Precious Cross) until Christmas, are all taken from Saint...

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‘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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