Sunday 4 of Great Lent – St. John Climacus

Today’s gospel tells us about the healing, at the request of his father, of the boy who is possessed of a demon. This boy is cast into the fire and into the water by deaf and dumb demon. According to the holy fathers, deaf because he would not allow the boy to hear the word…

Sunday 3 of Great Lent – Adoration of the Life-giving Cross

In today’s gospel Jesus says: “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” This denial does not mean depriving ourselves of the necessities of life, nor does it mean we must become paupers and live in rags. Neither does it mean we must lose our…

Sunday 2 of Great Lent – St. Gregory Palamas

Today’s gospel says that our faith without actions is dead. Anyone can claim to have faith, but it remains dead as long as we fail to take an initiative. The house in which Jesus was teaching was full because there was a large crowd pushing around and the entrance was blocked. Carrying a paralytic and…

Sunday 1 of Great Lent – Triumph of Orthodoxy Sunday

In today’s Gospel reading we hear Philip say to Nathaniel, “Come and see” Jesus the Messiah. There is a deep spiritual meaning in Nathaniel’s words “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” These words meant “Can I be changed? Can I really stop doing these things that I despise about myself? Can I really become…

Forgiveness Sunday

Today’s Sunday in our church calendar is devoted to the expulsion of Adam from Paradise. We heard of Adam weeping outside the gates of Paradise saying, “Woe is me…I transgressed one commandment of the Master, and now I am deprived of every blessing!” But this Sunday has another, more consoling theme as well, and that…

Sunday of the Last Judgement

The first and most important message of today’s gospel is that the final judgement is real. God sees into our hearts and would be entitled to condemn us for those things which we have done wrong. But the second is about the judgement itself. What is the charge, what are we supposed to have done?…

Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee

This Sunday we start our preparation for the Great Lent with the parable of the Publican and the Pharisee. As it says in the Gospel, the Pharisee went to pray and prayed “thus with himself.” He was not praying to God; he was praying with himself because he is boastful and judgmental in his prayer:…

Sunday 32 after Pentecost – Zacchaeus Sunday

Today’s gospel tells us about the conversion of a man, who had everything he could possibly want, both by conventional standards and by the opportunities of his society. Zacchaeus was neither sick, nor unhappy, nor poor. He wasn’t looking for a miracle of healing. He had plenty of money, good health. But he couldn’t see…

Sunday 31 after Pentecost

“Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand”, tells us today’s gospel. People didn’t understand that so well in those days, and very often they don’t understand it even now. When He first said it, people were quite sure that this meant that very soon the Roman invaders would be gone, and they would…

Sunday 30 after Pentecost

Everything in today’s Gospel tells us about repentance. Usually we think of repentance as of some mournful state, when we recall the evil we made, but repentance is not only that. First of all, repentance is to face God as the Lord told us “Set your hearts in the Kingdom of God first and all…