Growing Together in Christ

The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Ephesians. (4:7-13) In today’s epistle the holy apostle St. Paul writes “grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.” We will come back to that in a moment. He also writes“When He ascended on high He led a host […]

Fixing the problems of the world

The reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John. (1:29-34) It is a great temptation to see the world around us and to try to fix it. We see the troubles, the trials, the suffering and we attempt to apply our human logic in a productive way to address the many problems of our […]

Some New Year’s Resolutions

The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark. (1:1-8) Christmas is about the coming of God to all of mankind. It is about His taking human flesh and dwelling with us, in order to suffer and die for us and save us, but God became man for another reason as well. So […]

An Invitation to Life

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (14:16-24) Today’s gospel reading is given to us traditionally two Sundays before Christmas (the feast of Nativity). This Sunday is called the Sunday of the Forefathers or Ancestors of Christ. On this Sunday we hear this parable about the man who gave a great banquet. […]

When Religion Is Used As A Weapon

The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (13:10-17) When our religious practices don’t start with the love of God, they become like weapons. They no longer can do good for us or for others. They no longer help us to heal but cause wounds. We are witnesses to the way that […]

The Finances of the Heart

The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (12:16-21) Every parable of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ is a gift that is wrapped and offered to us. We are invited to take the gift and to peel away the wrapper and the many layers to find more and deeper meaning as […]