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Blessed Theophylact

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  • Mark Sedrak
    He does not give honor or punishment until He has first judged. For He loves mankind and teaches us to do the same as well, not to punish until we have made a
    Message 1 of 3 , Feb 8, 2010
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      He does not give honor or punishment until He has first judged. For He
      loves mankind and teaches us to do the same as well, not to punish
      until we have made a careful examination. In this way those blessed as they have been accepted by the Father. He considers them to be
      inheritors of the kingdom to show that God makes them participants in
      His own glory as His sons.


      Blessed Theophylact, From the Explanations on the Gospel of St. Matthew
      On Matthew 25:34-40
    • Mark Sedrak
      Whenever the Lord spoke of His passion on the cross, He would precede and follow His words with miracles, so that no one could think that He would suffer
      Message 2 of 3 , Apr 2 12:24 AM
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        Whenever the Lord spoke of His passion on the cross, He would precede and follow His words with miracles, so that no one could think that He would suffer because He was powerless. And when He spoke sad words, such as, they shall kill Him, He would add words of joy, He shall rise the third day, teaching us that gladness always follows after grief, and that we should not anguish needlessly in our sorrows, but should hope for better things.

        Blessed Theophylact, Archbishop of Ochrid and Bulgaria
        From The Explanation of the Gospel of St. Mark
      • Mark Sedrak
        But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing (τo καύχημα) in himself alone, and not in another (Galatians 6:4).The Apostle is
        Message 3 of 3 , Nov 1, 2012
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          But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing (τo
          καύχημα) in himself alone, and not in another (Galatians 6:4).The Apostle is
          saying: “Let every man scrutinize (this is the meaning of prove) his own deeds,
          to determine if he acted out of vainglory, hypocrisy, or some other human
          failing. If he finds himself innocent of such sins, may he not boast and look
          down on others. But if he cannot restrain himself and humble his thoughts, let
          him at least confine his boasting (τo καύχημα) to himself alone.” This means, let
          him compare his own progress from day to day, striving to make today’s deeds
          better than yesterday’s, and let him exult in doing good work. Paul instructs
          the Galatians in this manner, not as a commandment, but as a temporary
          condescension to their weakness. Thus, step by step, they will learn to cut off
          their pride altogether. He who has learned to refrain from boasting like the
          Pharisee in front of his neighbor, will soon learn to desist from boasting
          altogether.


          Blessed Theophylact of Ochrid, Explanation of the Epistle of St. Paul to the
          Galatians
          http://orthodoxbookstore.ecrater.com/p/12990701/explanation-of-the-epistle-st-paul-to
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