Posts For Days Missed

Christ is Risen! My apologies for the delay in posting the comments that I now can put on my blog.  (Also, the last post “The Doubter Becomes the Witness” was for May 5, not April 5.) I appreciate your patience and pray that you have a blessed remainder of Bright Week.  I will be home in Michigan soon, God willing.  God bless. Fr. Basil

The Doubter Becomes a Witness (Wed. May 5)

Christ is Risen! The word of the day is witness.”  Today in our reading of Acts 2:22-36, the Apostle Peter preaches the first sermon after the Ascension of the Lord.  In it He offers convincing  evidence for the glorious resurrection of the Lord.  He says, “This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses” (NKJV vs. 32). This proof of all that has happened for our salvation comes at the right time.  By now, some of us might have second thoughts.  We might join Thomas in questioning the truth of the Gospel of the Cross and Resurrection told by the apostles. Thomas the Doubter Turned Witness The most famous doubter of the truth of Christ work of…

Wednesday, May 5

Christ is risen. I’m sorry that for about 2 days I will not be able to post. I’m traveling and do not have the Wi-Fi connection that I need. Stay tuned.

Nothing Is the Same for Those Who Believe (Tues. May 4)

Christ is Risen! The word of the day is “wonders.”  As the current pandemic crisis continues, we are experiencing what it means to say, “The world is turned upside down!”  But the upset of our world during these days is nothing compared to the effect of the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Today in our reading of Acts 2:14-21, Peter speaks of the wonders that accompanied the descent of the Holy Spirit.  He quotes from the Prophet Joel, “I will pour out my Spirit in those days and they shall prophesy.  I will show wonders in heaven above and signs in the earth beneath, blood and fire and vapor of smoke” (OSB vs. 18-19). The Wonder of…

Continuing in Prayer with Joy, Understanding, and Promise (Mon. May 3)

Christ is Risen! The word of the day is “continued.”  What next?  Generally, after a momentous occasion has happened, there is a letdown.  The participants realize that nothing can surpass what has already occurred.  We would expect that the followers of Jesus would have experienced this kind of  deflation.  In today’s reading of Acts 1:12-17 and 21-26), the writer of Acts reports that this did not happen.  Luke reports that the company of believers returned from Christ’s Ascension and continued to meet in the “upper room” (vs. 12-13).   He summarizes their attitude, “These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers” (NKJR vs.14).  And under the…

Joy No One Can Suppress (Pascha, May 2)

Christ is Risen! The word of the day is “alive.”  Well, today, we will have a festive Pascha dinner, and we will share Paschal Greeting, “Christ is Risen.”  In keeping with this joyful theme, the word of the day is “alive.”  Our journey to the Cross is complete, so we think.  We can now resume our lives with the memory of the glorious hymns of Pascha to uplift us. But now, let us suppress any suggestion that we can enjoy a time of spiritual relaxation.  We now enter into the forty days of the appearances of the Risen Christ.  This is the time when Luke says in today’s reading of Acts 1:1-8 that Christ “presented Himself alive after His suffering…

Your Personal Pascha (Sat. May 1)

The word of the day is “baptized.”  If we have any doubt that the glorious events of our salvation apply to us, we should reread today’s reading of Romans 6:3-11.  If we observe the events of these holy days as a spectator, then, of course, they do not happen to us.  But the Lord calls us to participate in His sufferings and death so that we might also share in His resurrected life.  This is Paul’s proclamation when he writes, “Therefore, we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so, we also should walk in newness of life (NKJV Romans 6:4). The Old…

The Cross: the World’s Shame, the Lord’s Glory (Fri. April 30)

The word for the day is “glory .”  The Cross.  A symbol of the world’s hatred, yet the sign of God’s infinite love; an image of defeat, yet an emblem of victory.  A sight of shame, yet a vision of glory. Today in our reading of 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:2,  Paul writes, “But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty” (NKJV vs. 27).  By this pronouncement, the apostle notes that the Cross contradicts everything that this world stands for.  The Cross judges all the values and aspirations of worldliness;  its power, its pleasures, its…

With What Spirit Will We Hear the Twelve Gospels? (Thurs. April 29)

The word of the day is “open.”  Among our readings today is Isaiah 50:4-11.  The prophet writes, “The Lord God has opened My ear, and I was not rebellious, nor did I turn away” (NKJV Isaiah vs. 5).  This statement is especially appropriate for tonight’s reading of the Twelve  Gospels of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ. These passages are both meaningful and challenging.  Throughout the service, our natural human nature makes it difficult for us to stand and concentrate on the readings.  Thus, we might ask with what spirit will we hear and pay attention to them? With what Spirit Will We Listen? With what spirit will we hear listen to the story of our salvation?  Will our…

What Kind of Deliverer Do We Seek? (Wed. April 28)

The word of the day is “deliverer.”  Today in our reading of Exodus 2:11-22, we find that Moses has grown up.  Leaving the palace, he tried to join himself to his own people.  The Orthodox Study Bible comments that “He went out among His brethren because he refused to be the son of Pharoah’s daughter (Hebrews 11:24-26) (OSB fn. 2:11).  The Orthodox Study Bible adds that “Moses was forty years old at the time, and he knew he was Israel’s deliverer.  Thus. He defended an Israelite and killed the Egyptian.”  He supposed that the Israelites would understand his calling from God, but they did not”  (OSB fn. 2:11). Moses: as Deliverer Now, if Moses believed he was the Hebrew’s deliverer,…