Articles in the Holy Scripture category

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THE SELF-KNOWLEDGE OF THE PUBLICAN

There is no self-knowledge without humility, says Fr. Athanasios Mitilinaios. In this homily he explains what self-knowledge is and shows what its fruit is.

TODAY’S YOUTH AND ASPIRATIONS

What are aspirations? What is greater than keeping the commandments? What is “the spiritual good life”? What Ancient Greek coined “Be all that you can be”?

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AM I PERHAPS FOOLISH?
THE PARABLE OF THE RICH FOOL

What causes greed? What does “poor in spirit” really mean? What is arrogance of body? How is atheism foolishness? How does one’s wealth turn into bean soup?

THE PARABLE OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN – THE CHURCH AS INN, INFIRMARY, ARK OF SALVATION

What is the Church? How does the Church heal? Who is in the Church? What makes someone be “in” the Church? Why don’t chanters participate in the Sacraments?

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THE RICH MAN AND LAZARUS PSYCHOANALYZED

Today’s gospel passage of the rich man and Lazarus offers us an opportunity to reflect upon our own attitude toward money, God and our fellow human beings.

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THE PHENOMENON OF DEMONIC POSSESSION

In this homily, Fr. Athanasios draws from the Gospel passage of the demoniac to show us how demonic possession is happening in our days in various forms.

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THE USEFULNESS OF THE PARABLE AND ITS VALUE

How is a parable different from a fable or myth? Why did the Lord use parables? Fr. Athanasios Mitilinaios answers these questions and more in this homily.

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THE RESURRECTION OF OUR YOUTH

How do we reach today’s youth? Fr. Athanasios Mitilinaios tells us what to do and what not to do in his homily on resurrection of the widow’s son in Naïn.

MAKE A BEGINNING

In today’s gospel passage, the Lord begins to preach. Fr. Athanasios talks about the significance of “a beginning” in Creation and in our personal lives.

Homily on the Cross

THE CROSS OF CHRIST, OUR ETERNAL GLORY

It is the core of the Gospel, the center of spiritual life, the Tree of Life and the terror of demons. We should not be ashamed of the Precious Cross.

THE PARABLE OF THE WICKED FARMERS

Fr. Athanasios Mitilinaios reveals deeper meanings in today’s parable that apply to all Orthodox Christians today.

THE THEOLOGY OF BREAD

Fr. Athanasios Mitilinaios talks about bread, the multiplication miracle, the miracle as preparation for the Eucharist, symbol vs. essence, and Artoklasia.

“I am an Orthodox Christian, but not a believer”

Your good friend, a scientist and lifelong Orthodox Christian church-goer does not believe in Christ and His Resurrection. Have you shown them this evidence?

How God’s power becomes effective

Without our faith God’s power remains ineffectual, impotent, unrealized. With faith, the Fountain of mercy opens and pours down in a deluge.

The one and the nine

What does it take for us to remember we are insignificant mortals before our Creator, and to give Him thanks for all the good things He bestows upon us?

Human justice and Divine justice

The justice of men does not compare to God’s justice. Our great King and God’s justice is totally imbalanced–in our favor! Just what is Divine justice?

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