Religion as a form of blindness

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John 9:1-38 The miracles of our Lord God and savior Jesus Christ are often seen in the gospels as something of a litmus test. Each and every person will respond to the miracle in a slightly different way. Some will respond with an even greater sense […]

Do All Paths Lead to Salvation?

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John 4:5-42 On this Sunday we hear the story of the Samaritan woman at the well. This is a long and fascinating passage that deserves to be studied carefully and I would encourage you to do so. I would like to focus on some of the […]

But Where Were the Disciples?

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark. (15:43-16:8) At times the Holy Scriptures and the New Testament are just as powerful for what they leave out, or what they don’t say, as for what they do say. Here is an example: nowhere in the Scriptures or the New Testament does anyone refer […]

Understanding Truth Through the Resurrection

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John. (20:19-31) Within the Orthodox Church all over the world we have been enjoying a wonderful celebration. This is not the celebration of a neat idea or a famous story or a cleverly devised fable or myth. In a hundred years people will still speak of […]

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 […]

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 […]