Are we spiritually paralyzed?

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John 5:1-15 Today we celebrate the healing of the paralytic near the pool called Bethsaida. We celebrate this because according to our sources of Holy Tradition, this healing actually occurred during the holy fifty days between the Jewish Passover and Pentecost. The Lord sees the man […]

Occam’s Razor and the Resurrection

The Reading from the First Epistle of St. John 1:1-7 We speak of Jesus of Nazareth, of His life and miracles and the miraculous claims that followed His life very often.  We think and meditate and ponder them to such a degree that at times it becomes difficult to regain the wonder and awe and […]

Do we cry “Hosanna!” or “Crucify!” ?

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John 12:1-18 In my former parish on Saturday evenings after Great Vespers we made a habit of having question and answer time for our parishioners.  This time after Vespers was lovingly called “Stump the priest”. Now during one of these sessions I was asked “What is […]

Leadership Isn’t Glamorous

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark 10:32-45 They didn’t listen to Him.  They had followed Him daily, for at least three years.  They had heard His teachings and seen His wisdom and godly insight and yet, they didn’t believe and they didn’t absorb and assimilate the information that He had just […]