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The “love” of the many vs. the love of God

4 September OS 2017 – Saturday of the 15th Week after Pentecost (15th week of Matthew); S. Anthimos of Nicomedia, Hieromartyr; S. Theoktistos, Monk On the fifteenth Saturday of Matthew in 2015, I posted these thoughts on today’s Gospel: Today’s … Continue reading

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It is I; be not afraid

2 September OS 2017 – Friday of the Fifteenth Week of St. Matthew; S. Mamas, Martyr; S. John the Faster, Patriarch of Constantinople Last year I posted these thoughts on today’s Gospel.  This is a slightly edited version.  In the … Continue reading

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Rendering what is due

This is a re-posting of last year’s commentary: 20 August OS 2017 – Saturday of the Thirteenth Week of St. Matthew; Holy Prophet Samuel In the Gospel today, we read the Lord’s well-known command to “Render unto Caesar the things … Continue reading

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Living between hope and fear

18 August OS 2015 – Thursday of the 13th Week after Pentecost (13th week of Matthew), Holy Martyrs Florus and Laurus In today’s Gospel, the Lord teaches about the sin that cannot be forgiven: Verily I say unto you, All … Continue reading

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These words were written that ye might believe

10 August OS 2017: Wednesday of the Twelfth Week of St. Matthew; Holy Martyr Lawrence, Archdeacon of Rome On Monday we began reading from the Gospel According to St. Mark, the shortest and most direct of the four Gospels. St. … Continue reading

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How can ye escape the damnation of hell?

3 August OS 2017: Wednesday of the Eleventh Week of St. Matthew; Ss. Isaac, Dalmatus, and Faustus In today’s Gospel, the Lord pronounces sentence on that portion of His own nation that had rejected Him: their house will be left … Continue reading

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The God of the living

29 July OS 2017: Friday of the Tenth Week of St. Matthew; Holy Martyr Kallinikos In today’s Gospel, the Sadducees reveal their hypocrisy and spiritual bankruptcy by asking the Lord a non-question, in order to trip Him up: The same … Continue reading

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Bear ye one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ

21 July OS 2017: Thursday of the Ninth Week of St. Matthew; Holy Prophet Ezechias (Ezekiel), Ss. Symeon and John of Emesa, Holy Martyr Victor of Marseilles In today’s Gospel, the mother of James and John demonstrates her comically mistaken … Continue reading

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Millstones aplenty

18 July OS 2017: Monday of the Ninth Week of St. Matthew; St. Emilian, Martyr In today’s reading from the Holy Gospel, the Lord states the penalty for defiling the innocence of children:  At the same time came the disciples … Continue reading

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The sign of Jonas

11 July OS 2017: Monday of the Eighth Week of St. Matthew; St. Euphemia the All-Praised, Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Great Princess Olga In today’s reading from the Holy Gospel, the Lord refuses to give the leaders of the Jewish nation a … Continue reading

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