Halftime on the Battlefield of Great and Holy Lent

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark 8:34-9:1  We have come to the halfway point of our Great Lenten struggle.  While it may feel like the halfway point, the second half of Lent is even more grueling, even more challenging than the first.  After the last couple of difficult weeks it is […]

Fasting won’t save you

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew 25:31-46  In each week leading up to Great and Holy Lent we are reminded of the key themes of the Lenten struggle.  Last week we heard the parable of the prodigal son and we learned of the gracious mercy and forgiveness that God our Father […]

The walls of Jericho and the heart of Zacchaeus

The reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke 19:1-10 Each and every person has obstacles to overcome in order to truly see God.  Today we hear about a man who had many obstacles to overcome.  Zacchaeus was both rich and short.  Both of these obstacles are physical or material in nature.  Both of […]