Sunday 6 after Pentecost

In today’s gospel we see the difference between two types of paralysis: physical and spiritual. Being paralyzed physically we want to do something, but either our hand or our foot does not move. But being spiritually paralyzed we want to fulfill a commandment of Christ, and yet we cannot; something is interfering, something is holding…

Sunday 5 after Pentecost

In the Gospel story of the Gergesine demoniacs we see a wild, violent and frightening example of the power of sin. Everyone in this story, with the exception of Jesus, was afraid. The demoniacs were afraid and the townspeople were afraid. Evidently, this atmosphere of fear was a focus of life in the region. It…

Sunday 4 after Pentecost

In today’s gospel we heard about the man who was a pagan, but who found such faith that Christ was astonished and testified, that He had not found such faith in Israel. First of all, the centurion expressed the firm faith in Jesus Christ’s omnipotence: ‘Speak the word only, he said to the Savior, and…

Sunday 3 after Pentecost

In today’s gospel Christ says that the light of the body is the eye. By ‘eye’ is meant the soul, for the eye is the window of the soul. In these words our Lord says that it is not our bodies which control our lives, but our souls. It is the spiritual which has primacy…

Sunday 2 after Pentecost – Sunday of All Saints of Russia

In today’s gospel we hear how Jesus Christ walked right up to his future apostles and said, “Follow me.” They had to leave their nets behind in order to join the Lord in His ministry of preaching, healing, and casting out demons.There is not that much difference between how Christ called His disciples and how…

Sunday of All Saints

Today’s Gospel tells us about the necessity to openly declare our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  But acknowledging or confessing Jesus openly before men is not about preaching on street corners.It is about allowing the Christ, who lives in us, to be seen through our deeds and words. It is about living as He…

Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council

In the Gospel today we hear Christ’s words “keep through Your own name those whom You have given me, that they may be one, as we are”. He prays these words because He knows the attacks that the Church will undergo after His death, resurrection and ascension into heaven. The Church commemorates the Fathers of…

Sunday 6 of Pascha – The Blind Man

On this Sunday before the Feast of the Ascension of Christ, the Church calls to our attention the Gospel of the man born blind. In this miracle, Jesus draws a distinction between two different types of blindness. The Pharisees couldn’t see that Jesus was the promised Messiah and yet, the blind man came to see…

Sunday 5 of Pascha – The Samaritan Woman

In today’s gospel we see that Christ intentionally breaks two of the laws that were binding on the Jews. Samaritans were a sect, regarded as heretics by the Jews. In fact, there was a saying among the Jews: “May I never set eyes on a Samaritan!” Observant Jews would actually close their eyes when a…

Sunday 4 of Pascha – The Paralytic

The Lord Jesus asks the paralytic man in today’s gospel a simple and direct question, “Do you want to be healed?” Instead of directly answering, the paralytic says “The reason I have been laying here all these years is because no one will help me”. Faith, as Holy Church tells us, is the quality of…