Why Gratitude Matters

The reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (17:12-19) Today we hear the passage about the ten lepers from St. Luke the evangelist. When a man or woman was found out to be leprous, this was considered something of a death sentence. This sickness would separate people from their loved ones. It would […]

What kind of a God would allow such things to happen?

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (1:1-25) In today’s gospel reading we are given a foretaste of the great feast of Nativity and the Christmas celebration. The evangelist St. Matthew has left a wonderful present under the tree and he teases us to contemplate it and think about it and perhaps […]

Salvation as Invitation

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (14:16-24) The great philosopher Socrates once said “The unexamined life is not worth living.” What a statement! “The unexamined life is not worth living.” I suspect that if we all take a step back or rather, if we take a step and look inward, we […]

When “being religious” is a sickness

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke 13:10-17 One of the risks and temptations whenever one decides to practice their faith or religion is the temptation to adhere strictly to the rules and regulations without giving attention to the inner disposition. One of the things we learn from Our Lord, God and […]

Divided by Politics or United in Christ?

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke 10:25-37 At that time, a lawyer stood up to put Jesus to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read?” And the lawyer answered, “You shall love […]

Becoming weak in a world that loves power

The Reading from the Second Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians 11:31-12:9 We live in a society and in a world that is addicted to power. Even governments enjoy access to power and the ability to force their citizens to do whatever it is that they deem appropriate. When someone cannot get their way […]

The prayer that terrifies demons

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke 8:26-39 When a man or woman or child falls into the life of sin they find themselves inching closer to the demons and further from the Master of Creation. This is the case no matter how small or insignificant the sins may seem to us […]