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  • Mark Sadek
    Hence Christ also said of the good shepherd, not that he is honored and served, but that he lays down his life for his sheep. This is the meaning of
    Message 1 of 1860 , Oct 30, 2007
      "Hence Christ also said of 'the good shepherd,' not that he is honored and served, but that he 'lays down his life for his sheep.' This is the meaning of leadership, this the art of being a shepherd, ignoring one's own concerns and being preoccupied with those of one's people. What a physician is, after all, so is a leader - or, rather, more than a physician. While the physician, you see, procures people's welfare through skill, the leader does it through risk to himself. Christ also did this, being scourged, crucified, suffering countless torments."

      St. John Chrysostom.

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      "But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord." 2 Corinthians 3:18
    • Mark Sadek
      CHRIST IS RISEN! TRULY HE IS RISEN! As to believe carelessly and in a random way, comes of an over-easy temper; so to be beyond measure curious and
      Message 1860 of 1860 , Apr 24 6:06 PM
        CHRIST IS RISEN! TRULY HE IS RISEN!

        "As to believe carelessly and in a random way, comes of an over-easy temper; so to be beyond measure curious and meddlesome, marks a most gross understanding. On this account Thomas is held to blame. For he believed not the Apostles when they said, "We have seen the Lord"; not so much mistrusting them, as deeming the thing to be impossible, that is to say, the resurrection from the dead. Since he saith not, "I do not believe you," but, "Except I put my hand-I do not believe." But how was it, that when all were collected together, he alone was absent? Probably after the dispersion which had lately taken place, he had not returned even then. But do thou, when thou seest the unbelief of the disciple, consider the lovingkindness of the Lord, how for the sake of a single soul He showed Himself with His wounds, and cometh in order to save even the one, though he was grosser than the rest; on which account indeed he sought proof from the grossest of the senses, and would not even trust his eyes. For he said not, "Except I see," but, "Except I handle," he saith, lest what he saw might somehow be an apparition. Yet the disciples who told him these things, were at the time worthy of credit, and so was He that promised; yet, since he desired more, Christ did not deprive him even of this."

        St. John Chrysostom, Commentary on the Belief of St. Thomas.

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        "So the congregation of the peoples shall surround You; For their sakes, therefore, return on high. The Lord shall judge the peoples."  Psalm 7:7-8

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        The Bible reading for the 17th of Baramoudah, April 25, is: 
        22 For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, 23 that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him. 24 Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. (John 5:22-24)
        Martyrdom of St. James the Apostle, brother of St. John the Apostle.

        The Bible reading for the 18th of Baramoudah, April 26, is: John 5:31-37
        Martyrdom of St. Arsenius, Slave of St. Sousnyous.

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