Are We Sons of Obedience or Disobedience?

The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Colossians. (3:4-11)  The Church is not a philosophical club. It is not a place where we come and share ideas and then we leave and go about our lives living as we please. When you were brought into the Church you were brought in freely […]

When Jesus Interrupted a Funeral

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (7:11-16) We sometimes have the feeling that the gospel texts don’t relate to us, but nothing could be further from the truth. The gospel story revolves around life and death. The gospels speak of life and death but they take life and death to a […]

Are We Properly Dressed For the Banquet?

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (22:2-14) Again and again I am moved by the way that Our Lord Jesus Christ has refused to leave us ignorant about the things of God and the things of His kingdom. Because He loves us, He opens the blinds and gives us a glimpse […]

What Fruit Does the Master Seek?

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (21:33-42) Today we hear the parable of the vineyard. We are told that there was a man who planted the vineyard and along with this vineyard he built and provided everything that was necessary for the vineyard to thrive and do well. He decided to […]

Is God’s Forgiveness Unconditional?

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (18:23-35) We would not know a single thing about God or His kingdom had it not been shared with us in His great love for us. God did not want us to be ignorant people who walk around uninformed and unenlightened. God did not want […]

What happened to the Church of Acts?

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John. (17:1-13) On this wonderful Sunday that falls between the Feast of Ascension, which we celebrated on Thursday and the feast of Pentecost which we will celebrate next Sunday, we celebrate the Holy Fathers of the first ecumenical council assembled at Nicaea. We also hear the […]

Addiction and Fulfillment

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John. (4:5-42) Have you ever noticed that it is really easy for people to become addicts? We look all around us and we find that people are addicted to all sorts of things. Sometimes we are addicted to material or physical things like certain drugs or […]

The Hunger of the Prodigal and Our Return to God

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (15:11-32) All of God’s activity in the world is focused on the salvation of humanity. The God who is love is the God who has sent His only begotten Son for us. This God has one great focus…each of us and our souls. Today’s parable […]

Aspects of the Consecration of a Church

Next week we will have the great blessing of two major events in the life of this mission, and indeed in the life of the Church. On Saturday we will have the consecration service for the church building. This of course coincides with the other great blessing which is that we will receive His Grace […]

An Orthodox Christian Bucket List

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark. (8:34-9:1) Yesterday we buried a good friend of this mission. Ed Strange was really a joy to know and a man who served tirelessly to help the Church. He spearheaded the replacement of all of the sanctuary lighting as well as all of the new […]