The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant (Matthew 18:23-35)

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant (Matthew 18:23-35)   This parable where the servant whose debt is forgiven by his master, but does not himself forgive the debt owed to himself, emphasises the centrality of forgiveness in a Christian’s life. What is the debt owed by the servant to the king? Jesus gives the answer with the greatest commandment “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind” (Matt 22:37). The debt is the inequality of love between God and man. Simply put, He loves us much more than [...]

By |2020-09-07T15:40:31+10:00September 7th, 2020|Comments Off on The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant (Matthew 18:23-35)

Romans 13:11-14, 4:1-4, Epistle Reading of the Birth of St John the Baptist – June 24

Epistle Reading of the Birth of St John the Baptist – June 24 (Epistle to the Romans 13:11-14, 4:1-4) Our Church has assigned this reading for the Birth of the Forerunner. Whilst St Paul does not directly refer to St John the Baptist, he is nevertheless an excellent example of all the virtues St Paul is referring to. When St Paul writes that, “now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed” (13:11), it reminds us of St John the Baptist’s mission in calling the Jews from their [...]

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Sunday of Thomas (John 20:19-31)

Sunday of Thomas (John 20:19-31) The Sunday of St Thomas follows after Easter Bright Week (Lambri Evdomada). The Gospel reading commences with the disciples assembled together in fear. Jesus comes and shows them His wounded hands and side (v 20). In doing so he dispels all doubt about who He is. Thomas was not present at Jesus’ appearance. When told by the others, Thomas showed his doubt (v 25). Jesus appeared again to the assembled disciples. This time Thomas was present (v 26-27). Like the Good Shepherd in the parable of the lost sheep, Jesus came back especially for Thomas. [...]

By |2020-05-27T19:26:55+10:00May 27th, 2020|Comments Off on Sunday of Thomas (John 20:19-31)

Sunday of the Holy Cross Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:1-6

Sunday of the Holy Cross Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:1-6 The themes arising in this Epistle reading are central to our Orthodox Christian faith. The first theme is that Christ truly became human and took on the fallen human nature: ‘…was in all points tempted like we are, yet without sin’ (4:15). Christ’s example shows the state to which humanity can ascend in spite of the temptations which are thrown at it, and lays the groundwork for the idea of theosis, which is further elaborated upon by Church Fathers such as St Athanasius and St Gregory Palamas. The next theme is of [...]

By |2020-03-12T17:00:56+11:00March 12th, 2020|Comments Off on Sunday of the Holy Cross Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:1-6

Circumcision of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

Circumcision of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ (Luke 2:20-21; 40-52) Following His birth, our Lord was circumcised on the eighth day in accordance with Jewish custom, and was named ‘Jesus’ (Luke 2:21). Abraham's covenant with God meant that every male descendant after him was to be circumcised (Genesis 17:10-12). This marked man's union with God. Christ's circumcision was a sign of His submission to this covenant between man and God. Beyond His incarnation, Christ shows us also that He was born under the law (Galatians 4:4) and that He was subject to the weakness of human nature. By reason [...]

By |2020-01-26T17:04:50+11:00January 26th, 2020|Comments Off on Circumcision of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ