Sunday of the crippled man


To day is the fifth Sunday of the Great Lent and the reading is from the gospel of St .John chapter 5 .
There was a great feast for the Jews and so the LORD JESUS went to Jerusalem and by the Temple there was a lake named the lake of Bethesda. The Angle of the LORD comes down every now and then stirs the water of the lake; the people noticed that when the water is stirred the first one to get into the water is healed from all his sickness.  For this the people used to get their sick relatives to the lake, some good people built 5 halls by the lake side for those sick people to wait in for the water to be stirred.
Lake means and water in the New Testament always symbolises Baptism.  The Church chose in the last three Sunday of the Lent 3 chapters that talks about water and lakes, why is that?
The Great Lent is a time of preparation for the Catechumens .The Church prepares them for two or three years time by explain to them the principles of the faith, the Bible, the Christian behaviour and a lot of other things concerning the faith, but the teachings about Baptism comes at the end of this period before they are baptised in the Sunday of Baptism.  For this reason the Church arranged the last three Sundays of the Lent to talk about Baptism and its effect on the catechumen so the Church chose the readings of these last three Sundays to talk about the water and the lake.
In the story of the lady from Samaria shows the Living water which the one needs to baptise in once only.  The LORD JESUS told the lady from Samaria “John 4:14  but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst, HE meant the water of Baptism and for this the one is baptised once only and never baptised again .
In the story of the paralysed man, the first one who goes into the water gets healed from any sickness he suffers from.  The LORD wants to tell us any one goes into the water of Baptism comes out of it healed from all his sicknesses; this is the belief of our Church.  Not only is the sickness of the flesh but the most important the sickness of the spirit because Baptism heals the foul nature we inherited after the fall of our forefather Adam.  For this our LORD JESUS made the Baptism a condition for salvation and entering to the Kingdom of Heavens.

HE says “Mar 16:16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved, but he who does not believe will be condemned.”  Meaning that he who believes and is baptised is healed from the original sin.  This is a grace from our LORD that he whoever is Baptized is cured from all his sicknesses. God bless

Sunday of the Samaritan woman


Today is the fourth Sunday of the great Lent, this Sunday is known in the Church as the Sunday of the Samaritan woman and is also known as the middle Sunday since it comes in the middle of the great Lent.

The story of the Samaritan woman is one of the best stories in the Bible; it occupies the whole of chapter four of the Gospel of St John.  This story is so loved in the Church that in the 100 days we listen to it three times.

In the middle of the great Lent, in the fifty days following the Lent and in the feast of the Pentecostal we read it the Prostration prayers.

As you all know that when the Lord Jesus reached the well He was tired, thirsty and hungry.


LORD JESUS never thought about HIS tired,

hunger and thirst.

HIS tired HE cared so much for the Samaritan woman and her comfort, so HE comforted her while HE

In HIS thirst HE asked her for water to drink, but HE forgot all about HIS thirst and did not drink, but instead HE focused on her thirst for love and satisfied her.
In His hanger  He did not eat When the Disciples came back with food HE did not eat to the extent that they were astonished and said between themselves that someone might have brought HIM something to eat. She was satisfied with


after she had 5 husbands and the one currently with her was not a husband.
Here the

LORD was ignoring HIMSELF, never thought about HIS

thirst and hunger but thought about the needs of the others.  A practical lesson in self-denial and how the one should not think much about himself, even when he is tired, but seeks those who are tired and comforts them.  Seek those who are hungry for love, love them and then you will be satisfied.  Unfortunately most people when they are hungry and thirsty they eat and drink, while the truly tired, hungry and thirsty for love are left far away.

In the fasting of the Lent before you eat others should eat, before you drink others should drink and before you are comforted others should be comfortable, this is the principal of   self-denial.

The humbleness of the

LORD JESUS as a man HE was asking a woman to give HIM something; in the Jewish community the man would not ask for something, and if he does then this means that he is worthless, specially the Rabies they were been served but they never ask.  She was a woman and a sinful one thus she was in a very lower grade, and HE was not only a Jew but a Rabbi and so the gap between them was huge.  Naturally those lower in grade will ask from those higher up in grade, but the LORD JESUS reversed the issue showing HIMSELF as the one in need and asked her for water, thus making her feels that she is worthy.  HE was not in need of anything but made her feel that she is the supplying one and she will be doing HIM

a favour. Certainly this made her happy and she felt that she worth something and a person needs her for something.  This is the offering of self-denial, those who deny themselves are always the ones offering and supplying.
We all needs to learn from the


the self –denial.  Don’t care much to proof yourself, honour the others, respect them, encourage and make them feel great.  Tolerate there roughness and their attitude, try to think about their situation.  If you ask for something let it be for their sake and not for yours.
In the end the Samaritan woman and because of the love she received, she forgot herself, why she came so late to the well and she even forgot her water pot and she forgot how she has spent all her life running away from people and she started calling them and succeeded in bringing them to the


Denying oneself is a beautiful recipe in the character of the

LORD JESUS and if we come nearer to HIM and become filled from HIS

spirit we shall also have this beautiful wonderful recipe of self-denial and we shall gain all the people even if they like the Samaritan woman.

Glory be to God amen


The Prodigal Son


This is the third Sunday of the holy lent fast and is called the Sunday of the prodigal son. The example of the prodigal son is one of the famous parables that Jesus used to teach the people. Nobody knows the name of the prodigal son, he is just an example. He can be anyone of us and not a certain person.

The prodigal son is the person that grumbles about his living conditions. He is the person who feels inside him that he is chained in a prison so he grumbles.

The prodigal son felt that his home was a prison and was waiting for the day to break free off this prison and its chains. He thought that by leaving his home he is going to be free and that when he leaves his father’s home, he intended to join his friends who in his view are more valuable than his home and his family. This is how people overturn and reject God’s gifts and forget them. He forgot that he had a father, a brother, a mother and a safe home. He forgot everything.

The devil when he tempts people, he makes them forget the gifts and blessing they have. This is why the church teaches us to pray in the morning saying: We thank you for every condition, concerning every condition and in every condition.

After grumbling, the prodigal son went to his father complaining and asking for his share of the inheritance money. When the prodigal son asked for his inheritance money, it means that he considered his father as already dead.

Surely his father would have advised him more than once to stay but definitely his words must have fallen on a deaf ears. So the prodigal son takes his inheritance money and leaves to join his friends and live with them. He then spends all his money living a life of impurity and indecency. An unexpected severe famine occurs, so the prodigal son ends up losing all his money and friends. He was left to live alone.

He was in great need after he lost all his money and had to look for work. The job he found was to feed the pigs. A much despised job by the Jewish people, he longed to eat the food he placed in front of the pigs in his care but he could not find it.

Although the prodigal son lost everything but his hope remained. It is this hope that our merciful father offers to us sinners. So, the bible tell us that he came back to his senses and this is the most important of outcome of this parable. Coming back to himself, it means his wits came back to him. He started to compare his miserable life now (our own life in sin) to the wonderful life he had at his father’s home. So the prodigal son decides to go back to his father’s home and ask for his father’s forgiveness. He wanted to tell his fathers that he is unworthy to be called his son, beg to be allowed back into his father’s house and be made as one of his father’s hired servants.

In those days a fattened calf would be slaughtered on the eldest son’s wedding day. The prodigal son’s father broke the society tradition of his era, he ordered that the fattened calf should be slaughtered to celebrate the return of his lost son, a matter which he considered to be more important than the wedding of his eldest son. For he said “This son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found” (Luke 15:24). In the case of the repentance the Lord says “ there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety nine righteous persons who do not need to repent” (Luke 15:7).

When the eldest son found out that the fattened calf was slaughtered to celebrate his brother’s return, he refused to go back into the house and take part in the celebration. Some people are like this, they turn happiness into sadness.

So, the father went out to plead to his eldest son, console him and explain the situation. He wanted him to come into the house to celebrate his brother’s return for he was dead and is now alive, he was lost but is now found.

So the example finishes with the eldest son grumbling, the young brother [lost brother] repenting and the father showing love to both of them.

Who are you according to this parable? Perhaps you are the prodigal son who came back and repented.

Perhaps you are the eldest son who is obstinate and grumbled.

Or perhaps you are the loving father who opens his arms wide and happily accepts everyone.

This parable is for every one of us, identify which one of the parable characters are you?

Evaluate yourself according to this parable.

The church has another valuable lesson for us in store, for next Sunday which is the fourth Sunday of the holy lent.

Glory be to God. Amen.


The Second Sunday of the Lent – Temptation


The gospel reading of the second Sunday of Len (Matt. 4:1-13) give us the joy of victory over the one who tempts us. For our sake and on our behalf, our Lord was victorious over Satan. The Church reminds us that the journey has many temptations, because Satan, our adversary, “walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Pet. 5:8). Despite the difficulty of the trials, yet we are joyful, because our powerful God conquered the devil. Regardless of how strong our enemy may seem, and despite the numerous trials, yet he is a defeated enemy compared to our Lord’s might and the power of His life-giving Cross.