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 (4)

The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus (4)

Metropolitan Ierotheos of Nafpaktos and Ayios Vlasios   Eighth. In the parable, it says that between the place where Abraham was and hades, where the rich man found himself, there was a ‘great chasm’. And that it wasn’t possible to cross from one side to the other. Naturally, this is...

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The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus (3)

The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus (3)

Metropolitan Ierotheos of Nafpaktos and Ayios Vlasios   Sixth. While Lazarus was in the bosom of Abraham, the rich man was burning in hades. Indeed, he would beg Abraham to send Lazarus to cool his tongue, because ‘I am in agony in this flame’. The place the rich man is...

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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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The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus (1)

The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus (1)

Metropolitan Ierotheos of Nafpaktos and Ayios Vlasios   There’s much to be learned from Christ’s wonderful parable. We can look at its social dimension and also draw a great many ethical and moral conclusions. But I’d like to dwell more on issues which have to do with life after death,...

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The Seed of the Word of God and the Ground

The Seed of the Word of God and the Ground

Ioannis Karavidopoulos, Professor of the School of Theology of the University of Thessaloniki   The parable of the sower is a wake-up call for self-criticism and self-knowledge. People often wonder and are surprised at the apparent failure of Christianity in the world, which can be seen to a greater or...

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God’s Great Love for Us

God’s Great Love for Us

Metropolitan Ioïl (Frangkakos) of Edessa, Pella, and Almopia   ‘But he became angry and did not wish to enter’. The parable of the Prodigal Son, which is read today in church, has been called a pearl among the parables, and the Gospel within the Gospel. Some commentators have called it...

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Sunday of the Prodigal Son

Sunday of the Prodigal Son

Metropolitan Anthony Bloom †   19 February 1984 In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. Time and again I have occasion to preach on the Parable of the Prodigal Son, on the story of the Publican and the Pharisee, and every time I notice how...

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The Dignity of Humankind and the Indignity of God

The Dignity of Humankind and the Indignity of God

Ilias Voulgarakis       An undignified Trinity Once upon all the time, there’s God. And from some time there’s human beings. But the reports coming from Earth about the state of humankind are increasingly distressing. The human race is going from bad to worse, despite all God’s efforts, through...

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‘If you Want to Enter Life, Keep the Commandments’

‘If you Want to Enter Life, Keep the Commandments’

Hierodeacon Rafael Misiaoulis, Theologian   The rich young man in today’s Gospel reading seems to have metaphysical concerns and considerable spiritual interests. His young heart burned for the sublime, the eternal, the things to come. He approached the Lord with zeal and with a genuine willingness to learn. A desire...

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