Hymn of Love (1 Corinthians 13:1- 8)

Hymn of Love (1 Corinthians 13:1- 8) This passage is the definitive explanation of what is expected of Christian love (agape). St Paul explains to the Corinthians, and to us today, that love surpasses other graces or talents. St Paul rejects the idea that the gifts of tongues (v.1), prophecy, knowledge and faith (v.2), and even the acts of almsgiving and martyrdom (v.3) can be performed in a Christian manner without love. This helps us to understand that though works and faith are spiritually essential for us, they of themselves are not adequate to bring us closer to Christ. They [...]

By |2019-12-16T12:19:49+11:00November 16th, 2019|Comments Off on Hymn of Love (1 Corinthians 13:1- 8)

On the calling of the first apostles (Luke 5:1-11 )

On the calling of the first apostles (Luke 5:1-11 ) St Luke introduces us to the blessed moment when Jesus first began choosing His Disciples. When Jesus was done with teaching the people at the Lake of Gennesaret, he told Peter to let down his net to catch some fish. St Peter was an experienced fisherman and even though he hadn’t caught anything after a whole night of fishing, Peter obeyed in humility. The two boats subsequently filled so greatly with fish that they began to sink. All who witnessed this catch were amazed. Jesus then told Peter, and the [...]

By |2019-11-03T20:04:59+11:00October 3rd, 2019|Comments Off on On the calling of the first apostles (Luke 5:1-11 )

Sunday of the Fathers of the Fourth Ecumenical Council (Titus 3:8-15)

Sunday of the Fathers of the Fourth Ecumenical Council (Titus 3:8-15) This is the Epistle Reading of the Sunday of the Fathers of the Fourth Ecumenical Council (14 July), and it was at this Council in 453 that the Church denounced Monophysitism as a heresy. The reading starts with St Paul telling Titus, his disciple, to affirm to his flock that they should continue living virtuous lives filled with good works. It continues with St Paul contrasting the good in the virtuous life with the folly of “foolish questionings, genealogies, strife and disputes about the law” (Titus 3:9). St John [...]

By |2019-08-26T16:07:33+10:00August 26th, 2019|Comments Off on Sunday of the Fathers of the Fourth Ecumenical Council (Titus 3:8-15)

The Samaritan Woman (John 20:1-10)

The Samaritan Woman (John 20:1-10) On the fifth Sunday of Pascha, the Church commemorates the Samaritan Woman. In the dismissal hymn we chant “give drink to my thirsty soul”, which is drawn from the Samaritan Woman’s words to the Lord, “give me this water, that I may not thirst.” (John 4:15) This hymn refers to Christ as the “fountain of life”, being as He revealed Himself: “whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” [...]

By |2019-06-13T19:34:49+10:00June 13th, 2019|Comments Off on The Samaritan Woman (John 20:1-10)

The Flight to Egypt (Matthew 2:13-15)

The Flight to Egypt (Matthew 2:13-15)   This scene starts with the Magi departing Bethlehem and the angel warning Joseph in a dream to flee to Egypt lest Herod kill Christ. It is symbolic that the Magi did not return to Jerusalem but went on to Persia instead. Babylon is often represented in the Bible, especially in Psalms and Revelation, as a place of sin. It was to this place that the Magi were commissioned as teachers to redeem the sinful land. A similar redemption occurs in Egypt which, together with Babylon, was described by St John Chrysostom as the [...]

By |2019-01-29T19:42:34+11:00January 29th, 2019|Comments Off on The Flight to Egypt (Matthew 2:13-15)