The Gospel for the Fifth Sunday of Lent is taken from St John's Gospel, and is that passage where our Lord heals the man who has sat by the pool of Bethesda for 38 years. In this short homily, Father Peter Farrington considers how we are often convinced that we know how we need God to act for us, but he appears in our lives and asks us simply to act in faith and obediece, working out our salvation according to his purposes which are beyond what we expect or imagine.
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The Gospel for the Sixth Sunday of Lent is taken from St John's Gospel, and is that passage where our Lord heals the man born blind. In this short homily, Father Peter Farrington considers how we are all of us born blind, as far as spiritual things are concerned, and that just as the Lord Jesus healed the blind man almost without him knowing, so He acts always in our own lives, almost without us knowing, for our salvation.
As the season of Great Lent is about to begin the Church leads us to consider the teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ on prayer, fasting, and other works of charity, which should characterise the Christian life. This homily reminds us that our Lord speaks of 'when we fast', not 'if we fast'. Fasting is not a miserable exercise, but one which leads to light and joy and the experience of God.
It might seem that much of the tradition we are taught as Orthodox Christians should be relegated to the category of pious fiction. But a study of the information we have about the mission of the Apostle Thomas shows that the tradition relating to his ministry is entirely reasonable and should not be discounted. This podcast considers the teachings of the Fathers about St Thomas as he is described in the Gospels, and then looks at the early tradition of the Church about his missionary work in India.
I am an Orthodox Christian because I believe that the Gospels are reliable eyewitness accounts of the life of Jesus Christ. The modern view which held that the Gospels were all written well after the time of any who had known Christ is now widely discredited. Indeed even those who are willing to pull the Gospels apart realise that it is not possible to ignore the role of eyewitnesses in the creation of the Gospels. In this podcast I explain why I believe that the Gospels are credible and reliable, and why I think it is entirely reasonable to trust their authors.