Fr. Anthony Coniaris. 1. An exhaustive study of police records shows that no woman ever shot her husband while he was doing the dishes. Learn to serve each. Anthony M. Coniaris has 76 books on Goodreads with ratings. Anthony M. Coniaris’s most popular book is Introducing the Orthodox Church: Its Faith an. This page contains all books written by Fr. Anthony Coniaris. You can choose and buy book you like written by Fr. Anthony Coniaris with delivery worldwide.

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Publican and the Pharisee. Memorial Saturdays in the Orthodox Church. Forgiveness Sunday Cheese-Fare Sunday. The Sunday of Orthodoxy. Adoration of the Precious Cross.

The Saturday of Lazarus. Healing of the Blind Man.

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Fathers of the 1st Ecumenical Council. Sunday of the Fathers. The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple. The Nativity of John the Baptist. The Dormition of theTheotokos. The Beheading of John the Baptist.

Sunday before the Elevation of the Holy Cross. The Elevation of the Cross. Sunday following the Elevation of the Cross. You are the Light of the World. T he Gospel lesson today describes an clniaris in the life of Zacchaeus that changed the whole direction of his life. It was the day he met Jesus of Nazareth face to face. The whole Gospel is contained in that encounter, for it made Zacchaeus a new and redeemed man.

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Tradition tells us that he later became Bishop of Caesarea. One day Jesus was passing through Jericho. Zacchaeus, the chief tax collector, sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd and the shortness of his stature.

Anyone else would have given up then and there, but not Zacchaeus. So eager was he to see Jesus that he climbed a tree to get to see Him. It was no doubt a strong desire to see Jesus that made him climb the tree — a sycamore. When we really want to find God as much as Zacchaeus did, no obstacle will stop us.

We will find Him. A seeker once asked a Christian, “How can I find God? Then he asked him, “What did you desire more than anything else when your head was under water? It was much more than curiosity that made Zacchaeus climb the tree. It was a strong desire to find God in Jesus. Zacchaeus was restless, fed up with himself, fed up with the kind of life he was living. Restlessness has always been one of the symptoms of man’s search for God as Augustine knew when he prayed, “Thou hast made us for Thyself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in Thee.

The crowd was an obstacle to Zacchaeus; it stood between him and Jesus. As long as he stood with the crowd, he would not be able to see Jesus. So he left the crowd; he climbed above it. The last thing many of us want is to be “different.


To be a Christian means that one is not crowd-controlled but Christ-controlled. Zacchaeus was “up a tree” in more ways than one. He was a dishonest tax collector, looked down upon by his people as a collaborator and traitor, collecting taxes for the hated Romans.

He had lost his self-respect. He had cut coniqris off from God and man. He was alone, fearfully alone, a “man up a tree. In this respect Zacchaeus is like many of us who have ever been up the tree of anthojy own moral failure, hating ourselves for it, longing to be different but lacking the courage to come down.

God sent Jesus into the world to invite us to come down. This is the great wonder of God’s love that Zacchaeus experienced when he discovered that God was seeking him!

But as Jesus walked by, He stopped right beneath him. He looked up right into the tree, right at Zacchaeus and the eyes of the two coniwris met. Zacchaeus couldn’t believe it.

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Great beads of perspiration broke out on his forehead. He expected Jesus to condemn him: You who grind the face of the poor and turn orphans and widows out on the streets, how shall you escape the damnation of hell? Instead he heard Jesus call him by name and say, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down; for I must stay at your house today. When King George of England inspected reconstruction work in one of Britain’s heavily bombed cities, thousands of people, including classes of school children, lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the monarch.

After the procession had ended, a small boy was weeping bitterly. What a comfort to know that it is not only we who see our great King but even more so, He who sees us and responds to our needs. Jesus not only saw Zacchaeus; He addressed him by name! This great King Who holds the whole universe in the palm of His hand cares enough and has time to speak to one individual.

What does this mean but that the Master knows each one of us personally and by name. He knows the restlessness and the great desire for God in Zacchaeus’ heart. He knows the need in each soul and He cares. He draws near to Zacchaeus as He drew near to the woman of Samaria and poured out to her some of the most wonderful teachings of the Gospels. Wherever there is a need and a desire for God, Jesus will draw near.

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For He is above all a seeking God. The great Jewish scholar, Claude Montefiore, set out to find the feature of Jesus’ teaching that most clearly distinguished it from the teachings of the Jewish religion. He found it in the teaching of Jesus that God is like the Good Shepherd who takes the initiative and goes out to seek the lost sheep.

Other religions picture man in search of God; Christianity proclaims a God who seeks man. Jews, he said, always believed that God was a God of love and forgiveness and that, if the sinner repented, God would freely forgive him.


But Jesus taught that God would not wait for the sinner to repent; He would go out and seek him to call him back. He has dinner with Zacchaeus! Not with the chief rabbi or priest, not with the mayor of the town or some other respectable person, but with a much maligned outcast, a sinner. Jesus went to Zacchaeus’ house.

But it has to be a certain kind of house that can receive Jesus as a guest. Some things will not live in His presence, and one has to choose between Him and them. A Pharisee would never dream of entering the house of such a person, let alone sitting at meal with him. He was more interested in these people than in anyone else. They criticized Him saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.

For they tell us that in Jesus we sinners have a real Friend Who will never let us down.

But there are people who think they are righteous. Every day we should pray that the Lord may deliver us from the so-called “righteous” people, the coniafis Pharisees, who look down upon the Zacchaeuses of today, refusing to associate with them and thus antyony them from the Church. So Jesus says today as He said then: I came to invite people who are very conscious of their sin and desperately aware of their need for a Savior.

That is why Jesus invited Himself to his house. He knew he needed Jesus and was ready to accept the invitation. Like Zacchaeus, we today will never see Jesus if we remain on the level we are.

There are too many persons and conaris standing in our way. We must climb higher. Fortunately there are trees we too can climb to help us see Jesus. There is the tree of prayer.

Prayer is speaking with Jesus just as really and truly as Zacchaeus did. If we are to see Jesus, to make His presence a reality in our lives, we must climb the tree of prayer daily. Another way we can coniariw Jesus is through the Bible and the liturgy. God speaks to us today through the Bible which is His personal letter to us.

Through the liturgy, He comes to make His home in us through Holy Communion. Another tree we must climb in order to see Jesus today is the tree of repentance and restitution. Zacchaeus climbed this tree of repentance.

And after he was forgiven by Jesus he made restitution: Repentance without restitution is like saying, “I stole a watch but I’ve been forgiven by God so now I can keep it.

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