How do we know that Jesus rose from the dead?

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John. (20:19-31) We are in this glorious time of Holy Pascha (Easter) and unlike most of the denominations around the world, who only celebrate this event for one day out of the whole year, we have the great blessing of celebrating it for 40 days! From […]

Turning “No” into “Yes”

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (1:24-38) There are times in the life of a Christian when he or she must either say “yes” or “no”. They are two simple words but they hold within them many possibilities. They are powerful words. Today we celebrate a “Yes” and we remember that […]

Fighting on Ladders

The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Hebrews. (6:13-20) & Holy Gospel according to St. Mark. (9:16-30) In today’s epistle we heard these words that were taken from the book of Genesis, where God says to Abraham “Surely I will bless you and multiply you.” St. Paul continues saying “And thus Abraham, […]

The Two Roads

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark. (8:34-9:1) One of the key aspects of being a human in our world is self-preservation. We believe that people will ultimately do what is best in order to benefit and save their own lives. In fact, the whole idea of Darwinism (understood as an ideology […]

What is life without the forgiveness of sins?

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark. (2:1-12) One can only imagine the scene at Capernaum that is mentioned in today’s gospel reading. When people heard that Jesus was there, the crowds once again swelled and there were so many people present to see and to hear the Word of God that […]

Sunday of Orthodoxy

Excerpts from a Sunday of Orthodoxy sermon by Fr. Alexander Schmemann “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Rejoicing today in the triumph of Orthodoxy on this first Sunday of Lent, we joyfully commemorate three events: one event belonging to the past; one event to the […]

The healing power of forgiveness

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (6:14-21) On this beautiful Sunday, just a day before we jump into the lovely waters of Great and Holy Lent, the Church as a wise mother gives us this reading which comes in fact from the sermon on the mount. These are precious words of […]

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 […]

Humility as the Path to Life

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (18:10-14) Great and Holy Lent is a preparation for the after-life, namely the standing before the fearful and awesome throne of God, who is King and Judge of all souls. This time before Lent is considered a preparation for the great preparation that is Lent. […]

Zacchaeus and the Steps to Salvation

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (19:1-10) Whenever we hear the familiar story of Zacchaeus, our minds begin to come alive with the thought and the memory of years past and we begin to seriously think about the fact that in just a few weeks, we will begin Great and Holy […]