Great and Holy Friday: The Death of God

Great and Holy Friday: The Death of God

Jesus died. What sort of a eulogy could be given for such a man? What sort of obituary could possibly be written? Here lies one homeless man, without a wife, without children, with no employer, with no college degrees. He has no articles published. He has written no books. His own countrymen are the ones who rejected him and gave him up to death. Those who followed him for awhile, abandoned him. He’s not even a citizen of the empire which … MORE ›

Gospel Meditations on the Cross: Luke

Gospel Meditations on the Cross: Luke

The Righteousness of God Having been a missionary companion (Acts 16:10), and disciple of the Apostle Paul (2 Timothy 4:11), Luke reflects Pauline concerns, themes and emphases in his writing (Luke-Acts). One such theme is an emphasis on the Gospel of the Messiah of Israel reaching the Gentiles (Luke 2:14, 31-32, 4:26-27). The Lordship of Jesus over/for the Gentiles is not merely an addendum to God’s work for Israel. What God did for/in Israel was always what God was doing … MORE ›

Correcting Your Neighbor's Sins

Correcting Your Neighbor’s Sins

We are often told not to correct our neighbor’s sins. After all, doesn’t the Bible say, “Judge not, that ye be not judged?” Yet according to Scripture—and according to St. John Chrysostom—silence is not always a Christian approach. We have a duty to reprove our neighbors for their sins, and to bring their works of darkness into the light, so that they might repent. This is an act of love; an act of salvation. In his 18th homily on Ephesians, Chrysostom observes something important about … MORE ›

Gospel Meditations on the Cross: Mark

Gospel Meditations on the Cross: Mark

Returning the World to God In the Bible, there is a genre called apocalyptic literature. A dominant feature of apocalyptic literature is that it uses vivid imagery to reveal (the word apocalypse means revelation) a greater sense of purpose and reality to an event. Often times these revelations include astronomical phenomena that are meant to point to, not mainly to the event itself, but rather, what is happening on Earth. It is to shake us out of complacency with the … MORE ›