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  • Mark Sedrak
    On Tuesday of Holy Pascha Week, our Lord Jesus Christ spent the day with the disciples in the temple, teaching them by parables, telling them about the Second
    Message 1 of 6 , Apr 23, 2008
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      On Tuesday of Holy Pascha Week, our Lord Jesus Christ spent the day with the disciples in the temple, teaching them by parables, telling them about the Second Coming.

      {The Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids}

      "Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a shout, "Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.' Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the wise, "Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' But the wise replied, "No! There will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.' And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, "Lord, lord, open to us.' But he replied, "Truly I tell you, I do not know you.' Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.

      (The Parable of the Talents}

      "For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; to one he gave five talents, {A talent was worth more than fifteen years' wages of a laborer} to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money. After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, "Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.' His master said to him, "Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.' And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, "Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.' His master said to him, "Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.' Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, "Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.' But his master replied, "You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'

      (The Judgment of the Nations}

      "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, "Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.' Then the righteous will answer him, "Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?' And the king will answer them, "Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.' Then he will say to those at his left hand, "You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.' Then they also will answer, "Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?' Then he will answer them, "Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.' And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life." (Matthew 25:1-46)

      Many people in the Church resemble that servant [Matt. 25:24-27]. They are afraid to attempt a better way of life, but not of resting in idleness. When they advert to the fact that they are sinners, the prospect of laying hold of ways of holiness alarms them, but they feel no fear at remaining in their wickedness. � Gregory the Great

      Some who seek Him are blamed, others who do are commended� therefore, let us seek for Christ, that He may be ours, that we may keep Him, and not that we may slay Him. � Augustine

      We and all the Christians ought to follow the example of out Lord Jesus Christ the True Light because we are His servants. He is the Shepherd and we are His sheep governed by Him. � Shenouti the Archimandrite
    • Mark Sadek
      On Tuesday of Holy Pascha Week, our Lord Jesus Christ spent the day with the disciples in the temple, teaching them by parables, telling them about the Second
      Message 2 of 6 , Apr 5, 2009
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        On Tuesday of Holy Pascha Week, our Lord Jesus Christ spent the day with the disciples in the temple, teaching them by parables, telling them about the Second Coming.

        {The Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids}

        "Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a shout, "Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.' Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the wise, "Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' But the wise replied, "No! There will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.' And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, "Lord, lord, open to us.' But he replied, "Truly
        I tell you, I do not know you.' Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.

        (The Parable of the Talents}

        "For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; to one he gave five talents, {A talent was worth more than fifteen years' wages of a laborer} to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money. After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, "Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.' His master said to him, "Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.' And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, "Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.' His master said to him, "Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.' Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, "Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.' But his master replied, "You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with
        interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'

        (The Judgment of the Nations}

        "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, "Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.' Then the righteous will answer him, "Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and
        visited you?' And the king will answer them, "Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.' Then he will say to those at his left hand, "You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a
        stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.' Then they also will answer, "Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?' Then he will answer them, "Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.' And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous
        into eternal life." (Matthew 25:1-46)

        Many people in the Church resemble that servant [Matt. 25:24-27]. They are afraid to attempt a better way of life, but not of resting in idleness. When they advert to the fact that they are sinners, the prospect of laying hold of ways of holiness alarms them, but they feel no fear at remaining in their wickedness. � Gregory the Great

        Some who seek Him are blamed, others who do are commended� therefore, let us seek for Christ, that He may be ours, that we may keep Him, and not that we may slay Him. � Augustine

        We and all the Christians ought to follow the example of out Lord Jesus Christ the True Light because we are His servants. He is the Shepherd and we are His sheep governed by Him. � Shenouti the Archimandrite

        Mark Sadek
      • Mark Sedrak
        On Tuesday of Holy Pascha Week, our Lord Jesus Christ spent the day with the disciples in the temple, teaching them by parables, telling them about the Second
        Message 3 of 6 , Apr 14, 2009
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          On Tuesday of Holy Pascha Week, our Lord Jesus
          Christ spent the day with the disciples in the temple, teaching them by
          parables, telling them about the Second Coming.


          {The Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids}

          "Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their
          lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were
          wise. When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the
          wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, all of
          them became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a shout, "Look!
          Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.' Then all those bridesmaids got
          up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the wise, "Give us some of
          your oil, for our lamps are going out.' But the wise replied, "No! There
          will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy
          some for yourselves.' And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and
          those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was
          shut. Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, "Lord, lord, open to
          us.' But he replied, "Truly I tell you, I do not know you.' Keep awake
          therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.


          {The Parable of the Talents}

          "For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and
          entrusted his property to them; to one he gave five talents, {A talent was
          worth more than fifteen years' wages of a laborer} to another two, to another one,
          to each according to his ability. Then he went away. The one who had received
          the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more
          talents. In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more
          talents. But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in
          the ground and hid his master's money. After a long time the master of those
          slaves came and settled accounts with them. Then the one who had received the
          five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, "Master,
          you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.' His
          master said to him, "Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been
          trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter
          into the joy of your master.' And the one with the two talents also came
          forward, saying, "Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have
          made two more talents.' His master said to him, "Well done, good and
          trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in
          charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.' Then the one who had
          received the one talent also came forward, saying, "Master, I knew that
          you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you
          did not scatter seed; so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the
          ground. Here you have what is yours.' But his master replied, "You wicked
          and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather
          where I did not scatter? Then you ought to have invested my money with the
          bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest.
          So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. For
          to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but
          from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. As for
          this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be
          weeping and gnashing of teeth.'


          {The Judgment of the Nations}

          "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then
          he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before
          him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the
          sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats
          at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, "Come, you
          that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the
          foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty
          and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was
          naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in
          prison and you visited me.' Then the righteous will answer him, "Lord,
          when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you
          something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed
          you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in
          prison and visited you?' And the king will answer them, "Truly I tell you,
          just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family,
          you did it to me.' Then he will say to those at his left hand, "You that
          are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and
          his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you
          gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked
          and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.'
          Then they also will answer, "Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or
          thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of
          you?' Then he will answer them, "Truly I tell you, just as you did not do
          it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.' And these will go
          away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life." (Matthew
          25:1-46)



          Many people in the Church resemble that servant [Matt.
          25:24-27]. They are afraid to attempt a better way of life, but not of resting
          in idleness. When they advert to the fact that they are sinners, the prospect
          of laying hold of ways of holiness alarms them, but they feel no fear at
          remaining in their wickedness. – Gregory the Great (http://orthodoxbookstore.ecrater.com/product.php?pid=3679115and http://orthodoxbookstore.ecrater.com/product.php?pid=2146973)

          Some
          who seek Him are blamed, others who do are commended… therefore, let us seek
          for Christ, that He may be ours, that we may keep Him, and not that we may slay
          Him. – Augustine

          We and all the Christians ought to follow the
          example of out Lord Jesus Christ the True Light because we are His servants. He
          is the Shepherd and we are His sheep governed by Him.– St. Shenouti the Archimandrite
        • Mark Sedrak
          On Tuesday of Holy Pascha Week, our Lord Jesus Christ spent the day with the disciples in the temple, teaching them by parables, telling them about the Second
          Message 4 of 6 , Mar 30, 2010
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            On Tuesday of Holy Pascha Week, our Lord Jesus Christ spent the day with the disciples in the temple, teaching them by parables, telling them about the Second Coming.

            {The Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids}

            "Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a shout, "Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.' Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the wise, "Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' But the wise replied, "No! There will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.' And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, "Lord, lord, open to us.' But he replied, "Truly I tell you, I do not
            know you.' Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.

            {The Parable of the Talents}

            "For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; to one he gave five talents, {A talent was worth more than fifteen years' wages of a laborer} to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money. After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, "Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.' His master said to him, "Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of
            many things; enter into the joy of your master.' And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, "Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.' His master said to him, "Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.' Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, "Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.' But his master replied, "You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it
            to the one with the ten talents. For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'

            {The Judgment of the Nations}

            "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, "Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.' Then the righteous will answer him, "Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And
            when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?' And the king will answer them, "Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.' Then he will say to those at his left hand, "You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.' Then they also will answer, "Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?' Then he will answer them, "Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.' And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life." (Matthew 25:1-46)

            Many people in the Church resemble that servant [Matt. 25:24-27]. They are afraid to attempt a better way of life, but not of resting in idleness. When they advert to the fact that they are sinners, the prospect of laying hold of ways of holiness alarms them, but they feel no fear at remaining in their wickedness. – Gregory the Great

            Some who seek Him are blamed, others who do are commended… therefore, let us seek for Christ, that He may be ours, that we may keep Him, and not that we may slay Him. – Augustine

            We and all the Christians ought to follow the example of out Lord Jesus Christ the True Light because we are His servants. He is the Shepherd and we are His sheep governed by Him.– St. Shenouti the Archimandrite
          • Mark Sedrak
            On Tuesday of Holy Pascha Week, our Lord Jesus Christ spent the day with the disciples in the temple, teaching them by parables, telling them about the Second
            Message 5 of 6 , Apr 19, 2011
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              On Tuesday of Holy Pascha Week, our Lord Jesus Christ spent the day with the
              disciples in the temple, teaching them by parables, telling them about the
              Second Coming.


              {The Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids}

              "Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps
              and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise.
              When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took
              flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them
              became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a shout, "Look! Here is the
              bridegroom! Come out to meet him.' Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed
              their lamps. The foolish said to the wise, "Give us some of your oil, for our
              lamps are going out.' But the wise replied, "No! There will not be enough for
              you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.'
              And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready
              went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. Later the other
              bridesmaids came also, saying, "Lord, lord, open to us.' But he replied, "Truly
              I tell you, I do not know you.' Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the
              day nor the hour.

              {The Parable of the Talents}

              "For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted
              his property to them; to one he gave five talents, {A talent was worth more than
              fifteen years' wages of a laborer} to another two, to another one, to each
              according to his ability. Then he went away. The one who had received the five
              talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. In
              the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. But the one
              who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid
              his master's money. After a long time the master of those slaves came and
              settled accounts with them. Then the one who had received the five talents came
              forward, bringing five more talents, saying, "Master, you handed over to me
              five talents; see, I have made five more talents.' His master said to him, "Well
              done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I
              will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.' And
              the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, "Master, you handed
              over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.' His master said to
              him, "Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few
              things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your
              master.' Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying,
              "Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and
              gathering where you did not scatter seed; so I was afraid, and I went and hid
              your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.' But his master replied,
              "You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow,
              and gather where I did not scatter? Then you ought to have invested my money
              with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with
              interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten
              talents. For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an
              abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken
              away. As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where
              there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'

              {The Judgment of the Nations}

              "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he
              will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before
              him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the
              sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats
              at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, "Come, you that
              are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the
              foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty
              and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was
              naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in
              prison and you visited me.' Then the righteous will answer him, "Lord, when was
              it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something
              to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked
              and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and
              visited you?' And the king will answer them, "Truly I tell you, just as you did
              it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.'
              Then he will say to those at his left hand, "You that are accursed, depart from
              me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was
              hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink,
              I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me
              clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.' Then they also will
              answer, "Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or
              naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?' Then he will answer
              them, "Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these,
              you did not do it to me.' And these will go away into eternal punishment, but
              the righteous into eternal life." (Matthew 25:1-46)

              Many people in the Church resemble that servant [Matt. 25:24-27]. They are afraid to attempt a better way of life, but not of resting in idleness. When they advert to the fact that they are sinners, the prospect of laying hold of ways of holiness alarms them, but they feel no fear at remaining in their wickedness. - Gregory the Great

              Some who seek Him are blamed, others who do are commended therefore, let us seek for Christ, that He may be ours, that we may keep Him, and not that we may slay Him. - Augustine

              We and all the Christians ought to follow the example of out Lord Jesus Christ the True Light because we are His servants. He is the Shepherd and we are His sheep governed by Him. - St. Shenouti the Archimandrite
            • Mark Sedrak
              On Tuesday of Holy Pascha Week, our Lord Jesus Christ spent the day with the disciples in the temple, teaching them by parables, telling them about the Second
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                On Tuesday of Holy Pascha Week, our Lord Jesus Christ spent the day with the disciples in the temple, teaching them by parables, telling them about the Second Coming.

                {The Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids}

                "Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a shout, "Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.' Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the wise, "Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' But the wise replied, "No! There will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.' And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, "Lord, lord, open to us.' But he replied, "Truly I tell you, I do not know you.' Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.

                {The Parable of the Talents}

                "For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; to one he gave five talents, {A talent was worth more than fifteen years' wages of a laborer} to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money. After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, "Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.' His master said to him, "Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.' And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, "Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.' His master said to him, "Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.' Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, "Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.' But his master replied, "You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'

                {The Judgment of the Nations}

                "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, "Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.' Then the righteous will answer him, "Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?' And the king will answer them, "Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.' Then he will say to those at his left hand, "You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.' Then they also will answer, "Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?' Then he will answer them, "Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.' And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life." (Matthew 25:1-46)

                Many people in the Church resemble that servant [Matt. 25:24-27]. They are afraid to attempt a better way of life, but not of resting in idleness. When they advert to the fact that they are sinners, the prospect of laying hold of ways of holiness alarms them, but they feel no fear at remaining in their wickedness. – Gregory the Great

                Some who seek Him are blamed, others who do are commended… therefore, let us seek for Christ, that He may be ours, that we may keep Him, and not that we may slay Him. – Augustine

                We and all the Christians ought to follow the example of out Lord Jesus Christ the True Light because we are His servants. He is the Shepherd and we are His sheep governed by Him. – St. Shenouti the Archimandrite
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