July 11, 2021

A Beautiful Path to Light
Reflection, Desire, Action

- Fr. Micah Hirschy -


In today’s Gospel reading taken from Matthew 6:22-33 our Lord tell us that the eye is the lamp of the body. The eye that is spoken of here is not entirely that which gives us sight but rather that inner perception of our mind and its ability to reflect. Father Micah shares with us, from the teachings of Saint Nicholas Cabasilas, the beautiful path to a life filled with peace, prayer and light. This teaching states that what we reflect on, we will desire and this desire will lead us into action. If we reflect on the good things that God has given us each moment of the day, our hearts will overflow with gratitude. As Orthodox Christians we should reflect on the teachings of Christ, Icons and prayer. Prayer can be the most difficult but the most essential, because in prayer, we reflect on Christ Himself. We do not need to make long petitions, but rather, we can pray a little, a lot. The Fathers of the Church also tell us that with training we can direct what we look upon, therefore filling our senses, the gates into our hearts, with good things.



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Fr. Micah Hirschy grew up in St. Paul, MN and attended St. George Greek Orthodox Church. He graduated from Hellenic College in 2004 and continued his studies at Holy Cros

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Fr. Micah Hirschy grew up in St. Paul, MN and attended St. George Greek Orthodox Church. He graduated from Hellenic College in 2004 and continued his studies at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, where he graduated with an M. Div. in 2007. Upon graduating, he began working at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Memphis, TN as Pastoral Assistant. He was married in 2011 to Anastasia Hartzes of Mobile, AL and was ordained to the Deaconate and Priesthood by Metropolitan ALEXIOS of Atlanta in December of 2012. He currently serves as Ephemerios at the Holy Trinity Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Birmingham, AL.