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Monday, July 4, 2022

Homily for the Third Sunday of Matthew - The Heavenly Father (Metr. Hierotheos of Nafpaktos)


Homily for the Third Sunday of Matthew

The Heavenly Father

By Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos and Agiou Vlasiou 

"... and yet your heavenly Father feeds them" (Matt. 6:26).
 
Beloved brethren,

The God-man Christ said in His Sermon on the Mount that God is our Father. "Your heavenly Father" (Matthew 5:26). With this he expresses God's love and special interest for us. This truth is a great revelation that Christ made with His incarnation.

Synaxis of the Holy Fathers of the Skete of Saint Anna on Mount Athos


The Synaxis of the Saints who lived gloriously in asceticism at the lavra skete of the holy grandmother of the Lord, Saint Anna, is based on the Divine Office that accompanies the Encomium to them, and is celebrated on the Third Sunday of Matthew, i.e. the Sunday after the Synaxis of All Saints of Mount Athos. The reason why this particular day was chosen for this celebration should be - apart from the fact that this day has also been chosen by other holy institutions for the common celebration of their local Saints - considered an extension of the commemoration of the Synaxis of All Saints of Mount Athos held the previous Sunday.

Sunday, July 3, 2022

Homily for the Third Sunday of Matthew - The Eye is the Lamp of the Body (St. Luke of Simferopol)

 
By St. Luke, Archbishop of Simferopol and All Crimea

(Delivered on July 6, 1952)

"The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is pure, your whole body will be full of light; but if your eye is not pure, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!" (Matt. 6:22-23).

These are extremely profound words of Christ, full of mysterious meaning, which we all need to delve into. "The eye is the lamp of the body" - our eye. You know that our eye perceives everything visible, all images. It perceives the light of the sun. And this light, perceived by our eye, directs the whole body, directs all its movements, makes them quick and easy, and the whole body seems to be bright.

Homily on the Third Sunday of Matthew (Archpriest Rodion Putyatin)


 Third Sunday of Matthew

Matthew 6:22-33

By Archpriest Rodion Putyatin

"Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all this will be added to you" (Matthew 6:33).

Christian Listeners! Why do we have so many dissatisfied people today? A lot of dissatisfied! Dissatisfaction becomes almost a common disease. Who is happy now? The peasants are mostly dissatisfied; the burghers, merchants are also dissatisfied, and the richest of them are dissatisfied; nobles, officials and all employees are mostly dissatisfied; even we who are spiritual are not always satisfied. But how many conveniences for life are now, all sorts of improvements, transformations for the better in all parts!

Reflection on the Third Sunday of Matthew (St. Theophan the Recluse)

 
Third Sunday of Matthew
 
Matthew 6:22-33
 
By St. Theophan the Recluse

"If therefore thine eye be pure thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness." Here the mind is called the eye, and the entire composition of the soul is called the body. Thus, when the mind is simple then it is light in the soul; when the mind is evil, then it is dark in the soul.

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