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Parables of Community

Parables of Community
I Don’t Want to Die

Episode date: April 23, 2015
Transcript published: May 05, 2015

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“I don’t want to die.”

A few weeks ago, one of our community members—his name is Jacob—came to the mission and was quite visibly shaken. I asked him if everything was all right. I then asked if we could speak privately. He told me about his health and how it was failing, how he suffered from severe pain, but nothing seems to help, not even the medication he is prescribed. In fact, he said how he ended up in the hospital the other day. All he was told by the hospital staff was that he was found lying on a sidewalk during a cold weather alert, wearing nothing but his underwear. The worst part, he said, was…

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Let Us Attend

Let Us Attend
May 10, 2015, John 4:5-42, Told for Younger Children

Episode date: May 03, 2015
Transcript published: May 03, 2015

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One day, our Lord Jesus Christ came to Sy’char, a city in Samari’ia, near the field that Jacob gave to his son, Joseph. Jesus was tired from His trip, so He sat down by Jacob’s well. His disciples went into Sy’char to buy food.

While Jesus sat there, a woman came to get water from the well. Jesus asked her for a drink. “Why are you, a Jew, asking me, a Samaritan (who the Jews do not like), and a woman, to give you a drink?” asked the Samaritan woman.

“If you knew who was asking this, you would ask Him for living water!” Jesus answered. “But you don’t have anything to get the water with, and…

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Let Us Attend

Let Us Attend
May 10, 2015, John 4:5-42, Read for Older Children

Episode date: May 03, 2015
Transcript published: May 03, 2015

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At that time, Jesus came to a city of Samar’ia, called Sy’char, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and so Jesus, wearied as he was with his journey, sat down beside the well. It was about the sixth hour.
There came a woman of Samar’ia to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samar’ia?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you,…

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Praying in the Rain

Praying in the Rain
St. Isaac, Gehenna, and Hope

Episode date: April 21, 2015
Transcript published: April 30, 2015

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Hello. This is Fr. Michael Gillis, and we’re Praying in the Rain. Probably the most controversial teaching of St. Isaac the Syrian is his teaching on Gehenna, or hell. Homily 27 begins with the following statement and explanation of St. Isaac’s thoughts on sin, Gehenna, and death. It goes like this (and I’m quoting):

Sin, Gehenna, and death do not exist at all with God, for they are effects (or acts), not substances. Sin is the fruit of the will. There was a time when sin did not exist, and there will be a time when it will not exist. Gehenna is the fruit of sin. At some point in time,…

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Parables of Community

Parables of Community
The Tenderness of God; the Tenderness of the Poor

Episode date: September 24, 2014
Transcript published: April 28, 2015

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Part of the challenge and the beauty of living Orthodox mission is to learn to accept the tenderness of the God in our lives through the poor. One evening I was taking a walk through the neighborhood of the mission. I observed families and friends walking together enjoying one another and that evening I was feeling particularly alone. Out of nowhere Lucy crossed the street towards me.

Lucy is a beautiful elderly woman who for a while lived at St. Xenia house, one of the houses of the mission that practices hospitality. She lived at St. Xenia house but had to leave because she couldn’t handle the alcohol. And since that time I believe…

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