Discipleship Course – Day 16

Discipleship Course – Day 16

Reflection We often hear people say, when they are facing a difficult situation, that they are bearing their cross. But though this is a common way for people to speak, it is not Scriptural or Orthodox. We have to be careful how we speak, because if we misrepresent aspects of our faith we can be […]

Discipleship Course – Day 15

Discipleship Course – Day 15

Reflection The Pharisees were considered the most religious of all the Jews, and Jesus didn’t criticise them for the effort they put into the practice of their religion. Many of the things they insisted on were a particular interpretation of the Law which God himself had insitituted. But he had not introduced it as a […]

Discipleship Course – Day 14

Discipleship Course – Day 14

Reflection I would like us to think about the disciples and how they responded to the command of the Lord in this passage from the Gospel. Our Lord Jesus had pointed out the need to them. There was a great crowd of people and they were soon going to be very hungry and need some […]

Discipleship Course – Day 12

Discipleship Course – Day 12

Reflection Sometimes people say, I’d believe in God if he proved himself to me. But in fact the words of the Gospels show us that even if a miracle takes place in front of us if we do not have faith we will not believe. Faith is more than a bare belief, it is a […]

Discipleship Course – Day 11

Discipleship Course – Day 11

Reflection What makes an impression on us? We can spend our whole life looking and seeking and trying to become or own the wrong things, things that have no lasting value. Jesus asked the crowds who followed him what they were expecting in St John the Baptist. Why did they go out into the deserts […]

Discipleship Course – Day 10

Discipleship Course – Day 10

Reflection The Lord Jesus speaks about Discipleship when he says that a Disciple is not above his Teacher, and that the ambition of the Disciple is to be like his Teacher. To become like Jesus, in the Orthodox understanding, is not simply a matter of trying to act as he did, or to do what […]

Discipleship Course – Day 9

Discipleship Course – Day 9

Reflection It would be interesting for us, as Disciples who are beginning the journey of following the Lord Jesus Christ, or taking up the journey again, to look at the words of Jesus in this passage and listen carefully to them. When we are about to have the reading of the Gospel in the Coptic […]

Discipleship Course – Day 8

Discipleship Course – Day 8

Reflection It is worth remarking that in the Gospels, almost wherever the Lord Jesus was found there were miracles of healing. Nor do we read about just one or two examples, but of crowds of people flocking to see Jesus, and of multitudes being healed. We should not be so surprised. When the Lord Jesus […]

Discipleship Course – Day 7

Discipleship Course – Day 7

Reflection In the life of Discipleship, according to the Orthodox spiritual life, we need to focus on ourselves. Much of our time and attention can be taken up with looking at other people, judging their words and behaviour, comparing ourselves with them. This prevents us making progress ourselves. What stands in the way of our […]

Discipleship Course – Day 6

Discipleship Course – Day 6

Reflection The way of Discipleship requires that we put God first. The Lord Jesus makes this explicit in his own teaching. Seek first the Kingdom of God. It is always a danger when we take instructions like this in a negative way, as if God is saying, seek first or you will be in trouble. […]