The Paralytic

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    • The Paralytic
      Today Is A Feast Day For All Of Us Paralytics Archimandrite Tikhon Shevkunov Sretensky Monastery Moscow
      John 5-1-15
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      SYNOPSIS:Today is a feast day for all of us paralytics. Today, brothers and sisters, we to a certain degree are meeting our name-day, our feast day. Who among us can boast that he is strong, courageous, bearing all the misfortunes of this age, fulfilling all of Christís commandments? Deliver us, O Lord, if such a person stands in our midst -- one cannot imagine a worse righteous or strong man! The Apostle Paul says: Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christís sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong (2 Cor 12:10). But the Apostle did not deprive himself of one thing: strong faith and undoubting hope in the Savior. "The power of God is made perfect in weakness!" How can the world, which does not believe in God and preaches the illusory omnipotence of mankind, understand this? Paralytic brothers and sisters! Let us rejoice that we at least understand ourselves as we are! ...
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    • The Paralytic
      1999
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    • The Paralytic
      2000
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    • The Paralytic
      2001
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    • 2009-05-10
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    • The Paralytic
      2010-04-25
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      SYNOPSIS:Today, brothers and sisters, we continue on the Paschal theme, which is the enlightenment of the Resurrection and how it occurs in real life, not in our fantasy, but how it really occurs. In this story there are basically three things that the Lord is teaching to be made whole. It all depends how we answer the question "Wilt thou be made whole?". We must learn to hear this question reverberating in us ALL THE TIME, and answer it in three ways EVERY TIME.
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    • Doctrine Of The Cross In Vespers
      Victory Over Death And Healing
      Sunday-Octoechos-Tone-3
      2011-05-14
      SYNOPSIS:The Orthodox dogma about the cross is often displayed in the Sunday hymns for Vespers and Matins. Many or even most who identify with Christianity and are not Orthodox only have a legal view of what happened on the cross. For us Orthodox, what happened on the cross was the destruction of death, and our healing. We have a relational view. What good is it to be forgiven and not also healed? Two hymns from the Sunday Octoechos help illustrate a part of our understanding of the significance of the cross: "By Thy cross, O Christ our Savior, the dominion of death hath been destroyed, and the deception of the devil hath been abolished; and the race of man, having been saved by faith, doth ever offer praise to Thee" (Lord I have cried, Sunday Octoechos, Tone 3), "Thy precious cross do we worship O Christ, and Thy resurrection do we praise and glorify, for by Thy wounding are we all healed." (Lord I have cried, Sunday Octoechos, Tone 3)
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    • The Paralytic
      Doctrine Of Baptism And Baptismal Admonitions
      John 5-1-15
      2011-05-15
      SYNOPSIS:The healing of the paralytic teaches rather completely the important doctrines of baptism, such as what happens in baptism, and what we must do.
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    • Peter Heals Aeneas And Raises Tabitha
      Faith And Miracles
      Acts 9-32-42
      2012-05-05
      SYNOPSIS:Exegesis of Acts 9:32-42, the reading for the 4th Sunday of Pascha. Two miracles of Peter. The variable relationship of faith to miracles.
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    • Paralytic By The Sheeps Pool
      I Have No Man
      John 5-1-15
      2012-05-06
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      SYNOPSIS:The Healing of the Paralytic by the sheep's pool has many deep theological concepts in it, but none of this matters if we do not adopt the character and faith of the paralytic. We examine his patience and also his despondency. All true faith must battle with despondency. The paralytic and other examples during this Paschal period, such at the Apostle Thomas and Peter, and the Myrrh bearing women teach us this critical lesson.
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    • Baptism
      Wilt Thou Be Made Whole I Have No Man Rise Take Up Thy Bed And Walk Sin No More
      John 5-1-15
      2013-05-26
      SYNOPSIS:The whole process of baptism and how it affects our entire life is explained in the story of the healing of the paralytic by the sheep's pool, which we read on the 4th Sunday of Pascha. We can summarize it by extracting the phrases: Wilt thou be made whole; I have no man; Rise, take up thy bed, and walk; Sin no more. We look at these phrases in detail. Look sharp! Christ says these words to you every day and expects an answer!
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    • Paralytic By The Sheeps Pool
      Exegesis
      John 5-1-15
      2013-05-26
      SYNOPSIS:The Scripture has two basic meanings, the apparent meaning, and the spiritual meaning. We need to understand the former well in order to be fully taught the spiritual meaning of Scripture. The apparent meaning involves the basic story, context, symbolism, typology and history. We must understand this well, and this takes some work and repetition, just as one must know vocabulary and syntax well to understand fine poetry. The apparent meaning rarely is the subject of a sermon in church, because the pastor is trying to teach important spiritual truths, but on this occasion, before matins, we will look at the symbolism, typology and other aspects of the apparent meaning of the story of the healing of the Paralytic by sheep's pool.
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    • The Paralytic
      Wilt Thou Be Made Whole
      John 5-1-15
      2014-05-11
      SYNOPSIS:The healing of the Paralytic by the Sheep#39;s pool is read the Sunday before Mid-Pentecost. The summary of the story can be found in 3 sentences within it, a question and two commands, and the question is the most critical element. A true Christian will answer the question "Wilt thou be made whole" MANY times each day and it will guide him always in the fulfilling of the two commands: "Rise, take up thy bed, and walk" and "Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee" All success in the Christian life is predicated on our answering this question many times, and our actions proving that our answer is sincere.



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