Be the Bee is sponsored by the Archdiocese Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries.

“At Y²AM, we believe the Gospel is just as powerful and relevant today as it was when the Apostles first began to preach the Good News that Christ gave them. This message of truth, healing, life, and salvation quickly spread from a tiny handful of disciples to every corner of the world. It is the same Gospel we preach today

At Y²AM, the Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, our goal is easy to state: to make God's love visible to the world. This is the essence of ministry, to make Christ manifest in our lives and to share Him with a world that, at times, has trouble finding Him. In other words, our goal is to (1) introduce people, particularly youth and young adults, to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and (2) invite them to truly live Orthodoxy.

Our weekly “Be the Bee” video series is a part of that: we hope to share the complex beauty of the Faith in a way that is clear and accessible to youth and young adults. Our Bee-treats take these ministry efforts to a whole new level.”

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Message from Fr Gary

Fr Gary

Encounter Christ


Many Evangelical Christians can name the date in which they were “Born Again.” The day in which they made Christ a priority in their life. Many of us, as Orthodox Christians, make that commitment on the day of our Baptism and Christmation, as infants. Are we transformed by the love of Christ? Do we allow ourselves to be transformed by Christ? There is a common theme in the Sunday Gospel readings following Pascha (Easter). Each of these five Sunday Gospels after Pascha distinguish a person (or persons) transformed by Christ.

The Sunday following Pascha we hear of “Doubting” Thomas. Thomas is skeptical about the encounter his brother disciples have with the risen Lord and make a bold proclamation, “Unless I see and touch!” The Lord reveals himself to Thomas and Thomas is immediately transformed. Without having to touch, he exclaims, “My Lord and my God!” Thomas encounter’s Christ and his faith is renewed.

The second Sunday after Pascha, we learn of the Myrrh-Bearing Women. These brave women approach the tomb of Christ and find it empty. Having encountered Christ, they return and share the good news with the disciples. Then on the third Sunday after our Lord’s Resurrection the Church shares the story of the paralytic. Although this happens before the Lord’s crucifixion, it holds fast to the theme of “Encountering Christ.” The man has suffered with an infirmity for 38 years...

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