Seek first His kingdom

No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O men of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear? For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows you need them all. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.

From the Gospel reading on the 3rd Sunday of Matthew.

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The essence of wealth is not in material things, but what we have within ourselves. No matter how much you give a person, you will not satisfy him.

St. Anatoly

All Saints

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And every one who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life. But many that are first will be last, and the last first.

From the Gospel of Matthew 19:29-30, read on the Sunday of All Saints.

Pentecost

The icon of Pentecost offers powerful reflections on God’s gifts to us. As Christ promised before He ascended, the Holy Spirit is being sent, making the Holy Apostles members of the Risen Lord. We, like they, are called to receive the Holy Spirit and to seek to use the gifts He gives us for God’s glory and for our own salvation. This event occurred on the Jewish feast of Pentecost, when the first-fruits of harvest were brought to the Lord.OPD6PentecostStewardshipPoster

Posters of the 12 major feasts are available on the Parish Development webpage at goarch.org.

 

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Happiness can only be achieved by looking inward and learning to enjoy whatever life has and this requires transforming greed into gratitude.

St. John Chrysostom

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Let us give thanks to God continually. For, it is outrageous that when we enjoy His benefaction to us in deed every single day, we do not acknowledge the favor with so much as a word; and this, when the acknowledgment confers great benefit on us. He does not need anything of ours, but we stand in need of all things from Him.

St. John Chrysostom

The Good and Faithful Servant

A year ago, the Office of Parish Development of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America launched this blog with a goal of inspiring giving from an Orthodox Christian perspective. Since that time, thousands of individuals have visited EveryGoodandPerfectGift.org to take advantage of this one-of-a-kind resource to help individuals and parishes grow the spiritual practice of giving back. One year later, we remain committed to the perspective shared in our inaugural post.

Much of what you will read on this blog will be about raising funds for the Church and charity, and about giving financially for the same. However, please know that we understand the good and faithful servant to be someone who gives not only his money but his entire life back to God.  We are all familiar with the phrase “time, talent, and treasure,” which describes all aspects of our giving back to God. Read More →

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[T]he rich man is not the one who has collected many possessions but the one who needs few possessions; and the poor man is not the one who has no possessions but the one who has many desires.

We ought to consider this the definition of poverty and wealth. So if you see someone greedy for many things, you should consider him the poorest of all, even if he has acquired every one’s money.  If, on the other hand, you see someone with few needs, you should count him the richest of all, even if he has acquired nothing.

St. John Chrysostom

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Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.

Matthew 25:21

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The rich man is not one who has much but one who gives much. For what he gives away remains his forever.

St. John Chrysostom

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