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 […]

Fasting for Sanity

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke 15:11-32 By now you know that we are firmly in the Pre-Lenten period. We are only two short weeks away from the start of the awesome and wondrous struggle that we call Great and Holy Lent. Here during this time before the great fast, the […]

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 […]

A Feast Of The Mother of God

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke 10:38-42; 11:27-28 Every time that the Church celebrates a feast of the Mother of God, this is the passage that is read. This means that today’s gospel reading is read more than almost any other gospel passage in the life of the Church (excluding the […]

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 […]