Learning to pray like saints

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew 17:14-23 In today’s gospel reading we hear of a desperate father who come to the disciples to receive help for his beloved son. We quickly find out that the disciples were powerless to heal the boy of his epilepsy (more properly translated as lunacy). The […]

Before He walked on water…

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew 14:22-34 In today’s gospel reading we hear the familiar story of Our Lord Jesus Christ walking on water in the midst of a storm at sea. It reminds us of the power of this Jesus to defy nature and physics. It is an unbelievable story […]

Created from nothing

 The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew 14:14-22 In our gospel reading today we hear the well known story which is often called the feeding of the five thousand. However when we read this passage we find that the Lord has done something even more unlikely and impossible than feed five thousand […]

The work that faith requires

 The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew 9:27-35 In today’s gospel reading we hear about the healing of two blind men. This is an amazing physical miracle but as Christians we recognize that the greater miracle is of a spiritual nature. When the Lord was walking He heard two blind men calling […]

Why Confess?

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew 9:1-8 and the Epistle is St. James 5:10-20 Coincidentally or perhaps by the grace of Our Lord and savior Jesus Christ, our readings today fit quite nicely with the theme of this year’s clergy symposium.  The theme was “…for the sick and the suffering”: Medicine, […]

A battle for hearts and minds

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew 16:13-19 Everyone is selling something, every religion wants to add new devotees to their ranks. But religions and ideologies are not just interested in people as numbers, they want their hearts and minds. They want you to see the world through their eyes. Turn on […]