When you can’t catch fish

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke 5:1-11 It seems at first glance that this gospel reading is about fishing. In truth it is about no such thing.It is a test of faith.  It is about honestly assessing the obstacles and hindrances that are between us and a life that is dedicated […]

“You have no faith”

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew 17:14-23  In today’s gospel we are witnesses to another encounter of Jesus with a family that has suffered. A father has just brought his son to the Lord Jesus because he is an epileptic who “suffers terribly”. This father has to bring his son to […]

Can we actually experience God?

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark 2:1-12 On this the Second Sunday of Great and Holy Lent, we commemorate our Father among the saints Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessalonica (Thessaloniki).  The gospel that is given to us is meant to guide us and inform us regarding the special character of this […]

Halftime on the Battlefield of Great and Holy Lent

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark 8:34-9:1  We have come to the halfway point of our Great Lenten struggle.  While it may feel like the halfway point, the second half of Lent is even more grueling, even more challenging than the first.  After the last couple of difficult weeks it is […]

Fasting won’t save you

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew 25:31-46  In each week leading up to Great and Holy Lent we are reminded of the key themes of the Lenten struggle.  Last week we heard the parable of the prodigal son and we learned of the gracious mercy and forgiveness that God our Father […]