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Spiritual DISCUSSIONS ON SYNOPTIC GOSPELS

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20 March Discussions on Synoptic Gospels (Part 36)

The broadcast presents the interpretation of the verses 27-32 of the 5th Chapter of the Gospel of Matthew. Christ explains the commandment "You shall not commit adultery," speaks on the theme of sexual desire, and shows how to fight against this sin.

 

13 March Discussions on Synoptic Gospels (Part 35)

The broadcast presents the interpretation of the verses 21-26 of the 5th Chapter of the Gospel of Matthew. Christ explains the commandment "You shall not kill" and teaches us not to be angry with our brother in vain and be reconciled with him.

06 March Discussions on Synoptic Gospels (Part 34)

The broadcast presents the interpretation of the verses 17-20 of the 5th Chapter of the Gospel of Matthew. It explains the attitude that Christ demonstrated toward the commandments of the Mosaic Law.

30 January Discussions on Synoptic Gospels (Part 33)

The broadcast presents the interpretation of the verses 13-16 of the 5th Chapter of the Gospel of Matthew. Whom did Christ address these words to: "You are the salt of the earth," and "You are the light of the world"? And what is required of those who are meant to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world?

 

23 January Discussions on Synoptic Gospels (Part 32)

The broadcast presents the interpretation of the seventh and eighth Beatitudes. It explains who are those that are persecuted for righteousness and those who are defamed and  wrongfully slandered for the sake of the Lord.

 

16 January Discussions on Synoptic Gospels (Part 31)

The broadcast presents the seventh of the beatitudes: "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God." (Mt 5:9). Who are the real peacemakers? Aren't the political figures and governors of countries that get Nobel Prizes for peace the ones who give the orders of the biggest wars? They can't be peacemakers. Then what is peace according to Christianity and who are the creators of peace?

 

09 January Discussions on Synoptic Gospels (Part 30)

The broadcast presents the sixth of the beatitudes: "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God." (Mt 5:8). The heart, which is spiritually the center of our conscience and of moral image, can be pure only through repentance. We should also, with King David, repeat the words of the Psalm 51: "Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me."

02 January Discussions on Synoptic Gospels (Part 29)

The broadcast presents the fifth of the beatitudes: "Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy." (Mt 5:7). The history of the Armenian people is full of famous people who were merciful. The names of Catholicos Nerses the Great, King Ashot the Merciful, and Hovhannes Tumanyan are enough to convince that there have always been merciful people among us and they exist nowadays also. We must be merciful because the greatest mercy was shown toward us by God Himself who gave His life on the cross for our sake.

26 December Discussions on Synoptic Gospels (Part 28)

The broadcast presents the fourth of the beatitudes: "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled." (Mt 5:6). The person who is hungry and thirsty is alive. Also in a spiritual sense, those who are not indifferent and always hunger and thirst for righteousness, fight against falsehood and deceit are alive and have set their feet on the way of salvation.

 

05 December Discussions on Synoptic Gospels (Part 27)

The broadcast presents the third of the beatitudes: "Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth." (Mt 5:5). The Lord Himself instructs people to be meek and humble: "Learn from Me, for I am meek and humble in spirit" (Mt 11:29). God Himself defends those who are meek. It is also important to remember that a true Christian who is meek and humble like the Lord will inherit the Earth, while inheritance is not earned but is given freely as a gift.

28 November Discussions on Synoptic Gospels (Part 26)

The second Beatitude refers to those who mourn. In the beginning of the broadcast, a passage on the second Beatitude is read from the book "The Pearl of the Kingdom of Heaven" by Khrimyan Hayrik. Who are those who mourn, and why does the Lord Jesus Christ bless them? Whom do we imagine nowadays when reading about mourners, and who was meant by Jesus Himself when He talked about them?

 

21 November Discussions on Synoptic Gospels (Part 25)

Jesus withdrew from the crowds that followed Him and began to preach to His disciples on a mountain that is called now Mount of Beatitudes. In the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew and Luke the Evangelists present the Beatitudes pronounced by Jesus. The broadcast discusses the first of the Beatitudes: "Blessed are the poor in spirit, because theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven" (Mt 5:3). The chapter on the first Beatitude from the book "The Pearl of the Kingdom of Heaven" by Khrimyan Hayrik is also read.

 

14 November Discussions on Synoptic Gospels (Part 24)

The broadcast presents the episode about the election of the twelve apostles. Jesus goes up on a mountain and there He elects twelve disciples among His followers to be always with Him and be sent by Him to preach. It is interesting that Jesus' disciples belonged to different strata of society. Though most of them were fishermen from Galilee, there were also Matthew the tax-collector and Simon the Zealot (and zealots hated the tax-collectors that served the Roman Empire). 

07 November Discussions on Synoptic Gospels (Part 23)

The Synoptic Gospels present an episode where Jesus again "works" on a Saturday. This time, He heals the dried up hand of a man in the Synagogue. We aren't told who this man is, but one of the Church Fathers, Jerome, in his famous Commentary on the Gospel according to Matthew, says that, according to  the apocryphal Gospel of the Hebrews, this man was a mason and the only earner in his family. He himself approached Jesus and asked for healing so that he might not go out and beg for alms. 

31 October Discussions on Synoptic Gospels (Part 22)

Pharisees and scribes fasted each Monday and Thursday in a demonstrative manner. They whitened their faces and sprinkled ashes on their heads. But Jesus' disciples did not fast, because, in the words of Christ, "can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days." (Mark 2:19-20).
The Jews also demonstratively observed the commandment of keeping the Sabbath. That is why they reproached the disciples of Christ for plucking ears of corn on Saturday but received Christ's following answer: "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath" (Mark 2:27).

 

24 October Discussions on Synoptic Gospels (Part 21)

The tax-collectors were the most hated people in the Jewish society. Jesus made one of them, Matthew, the son of Alphaeus, an apostle. After calling Matthew to apostleship, Jesus ate in his house together with tax-collectors and sinners for which He was criticized by the Pharisees and scribes. Answering the question addressed to His disciples, Jesus said that He hadn't come to call the righteous but sinners.

 

17 October Discussions on Synoptic Gospels (Part 20)

Luke the Evangelist presents the story where Jesus reads an excerpt from the Book of Isaiah in in the synagogue of Nazareth of Galilee on Saturday. The verses 4:18-19 of the Gospel according to Luke read: "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. " (cf. Is 61:1-2). Isaiah prophesies about Messiah, while the Jews didn't accept Jesus was the Messiah and even wanted to kill Him by throwing Him off the cliff. 

10 October Discussions on Synoptic Gospels (Part 19)

The broadcast tells about the healing of a leper and then of a paralytic by Jesus in Capernaum. The healing of the paralytic was unusual for the Jews because Christ first forgave his sins, and when the Jews didn't believe that the sins were  really forgiven, Jesus commanded the healed person to pick up his mat and go home.  The healing of the paralytic is also interesting and instructive because of the faith of that man's friends and because of their love toward their paralytic friend.

  • Fr. Markos Mangasaryan

 

03 October Discussions on Synoptic Gospels (Part 18)

After performing the miracle at the Synagogue in Capernaum, Jesus visited Simon and Andrew's house where Simon's mother-in-law was lying in bed with a high fever. Jesus healed her, and she rose up from the bed and started to serve Jesus and His disciples. During the broadcast, we're also talking about the healing of multitudes of sick people and demoniacs that occurred that same day, at sunset. After all of this, Jesus departed to a desert place to pray. But after a short while, Simon and the others found him. Jesus offered to also visit other towns to preach there.

 

26 September Discussions on the Synoptic Gospels (Part 17)

The Evangelists Luke and Mark present perhaps the first example of exorcism performed by Jesus. After entering Capernaum, He met a man possessed with a demon. The evil spirit in the man immediately recognized Jesus and cried out: "What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are— the Holy One of God!" (Mark 1:24). Jesus strictly commanded the evil spirit to come out of the man, and it left him. It is interesting that, according to the evangelists, the people gathered there were astonished not by what happened but by how the expelling of the demon happened. The Lord Jesus wasn't like the ordinary preachers or scribes who simply preached what they had heard of or learned. Jesus preached, spoke and acted with power. The gathered people were astonished by how Jesus didn't turn to the help of any other power, but was able to cast out the evil spirit with His own word.

  • Fr. Markos Mangasaryan
19 September Discussions on the Synoptic Gospels (Part 16)

After returning to His home town, the Lord Jesus Christ went to Capernaum and started off His preaching mission. The fishermen from Galilee, Simon and Andrew, James and John, became the first apostles of Jesus. They were designed to become hunters of human beings. Speaking on the election of the apostles, Luke the Evangelist presents a marvelous miracle that happened to Apostle Peter. By Jesus Christ's word, Peter and his fellow fishermen threw their nets into the sea. And while they were sure they would catch nothing, the contrary happened: the nets were filled with abundant fish. This sign was given to the apostles right before the start of their apostolic mission and showed that the Church of Christ, through the efforts of the apostles, was to be filled with many believers from different nations.

  • Fr. Markos Mangasaryan
12 September Discussions on the Synoptic Gospels (Part 15)

The broadcast tells the story of the temptation and 40-day fasting of Jesus Christ in the desert. Immediately after the baptism, Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the desert. When the 40 days of fast and prayer were over, Jesus was tempted by Satan. The latter tempted Jesus with three temptations. The first was tempting Jesus who hadn't eaten anything for 40 days by bread. The second was about conceit and tempting God. And the third temptation was the offer to deny God and get limitless power through worship of Satan.

  • Fr. Markos Mangasaryan
05 September Discussions on Synoptic Gospels (Part 14)

Jesus comes to John the Baptist to be baptized by Him in the River Jordan. What was the reason of Jesus' baptism if He had not committed any sin and did not need repentance?
At the time of Jesus' baptism, the Holy Trinity reveals Himself: the voice of the God Father is heard; the Son of God, Jesus Christ, is Himself present in the River Jordan; and the Holy Spirit descends in the form of dove.
The baptism of Jesus at the age of 30 is not a reason to reject baptism of infants. What is the importance of the baptism of infants? This and other related questions are discussed in this issue of the program "Spiritual Discussions."

  • Fr. Markos Mangasaryan
29 August Discussions on Synoptic Gospels (Part 13)

The broadcast presents John the Baptist's preaching, which, according to Mark, is the beginning of the Good News about Christ, that is, of the Gospel. John preached baptism for repentance, which was to prepare the way for Messiah and make His paths straight. 
It is interesting that the baptism preached by John was used in the Jewish environment for converting pagans into the religion of Moses. In other words, John said to Jews that the people who considered themselves the God's chosen nation needed to convert themselves.

  • Fr. Markos Mangasaryan
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