What exactly was the return of the Prodigal Son? (2)

What exactly was the return of the Prodigal Son? (2)

Saint Nicodemus the Hagiorite   So come to your senses in this way, because there’s no other way to do so. Get up and take this bold decision, saying to yourself: ‘I’ll arise and go to my father’ (Luke 15, 18). Get up out of this mud you’re wallowing in...

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What exactly was the return of the Prodigal Son? (1)

What exactly was the return of the Prodigal Son? (1)

Saint Nicodemus the Hagiorite   Think about the return of the prodigal son to his father’s house and the reasons behind it, which were three in number. The first was that he reflected sincerely on the wretchedness of his situation; the second was that he compared his misery with the...

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The Parable of the Talents

The Parable of the Talents

Panteleimon Lambadarios   In today’s Gospel reading, Our Lord Jesus Christ narrates the parable of the talents. He sets before us a serious problem, which should concern all of us. Every one of us has been endowed by God with a variety of talents, gifts and abilities. We should look...

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The First Resurrection

The First Resurrection

Archimandrite Varnavas Lambropoulos   What was Christ’s greatest miracle? Most people would say the raising of Lazarus. But Saint Isaac the Syrian disagrees, saying: ‘Someone who is aware of his or her sins and genuinely repents is on a higher level than a person who raises the dead. Raising a...

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The Mystery of Time (Mark 1, 1-8)

The Mystery of Time (Mark 1, 1-8)

Archimandrite Nikanor Karayannis   ‘The beginning of the Gospel of Christ’… The word ‘beginning’ in today’s Gospel reading is enough in itself to evoke the start of the new year, the threshold of which we reached a few daysago with the feast of Christmas. The Christian notion of time In...

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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 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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