When “being religious” is a sickness

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke 13:10-17 One of the risks and temptations whenever one decides to practice their faith or religion is the temptation to adhere strictly to the rules and regulations without giving attention to the inner disposition. One of the things we learn from Our Lord, God and […]

Did the disciples lie about the resurrection?

The reading is from the gospel according to St. John 20:19-31 As we reflect upon this passage for a few minutes let’s first consider the words of the Apostle St. Paul in 1 Corinthians chapter 15 when he writes “And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith also is […]

Has anyone seen God?

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John 1:43-51 The theme of the first Sunday of Lent is the Triumph of Orthodoxy. Specifically the restoration of holy iconography in all of the churches of God. While we Orthodox celebrate, we should also mourn and pray for the many Christian groups who do not […]

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 […]

The walls of Jericho and the heart of Zacchaeus

The reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke 19:1-10 Each and every person has obstacles to overcome in order to truly see God.  Today we hear about a man who had many obstacles to overcome.  Zacchaeus was both rich and short.  Both of these obstacles are physical or material in nature.  Both of […]

Might all be saved?

The Reading from the First Epistle of St. Paul to St. Timothy 4:9-15   In the apostle Paul’s letter to his disciple Timothy we hear many great and practical teachings. Very often however we read certain portions of Scripture or the New Testament and we pass right over them without giving them a second thought. […]

Fishing, no boat required.

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew 4:18-23 As we celebrated All Saints day last week we came to what in many ways is the culmination of salvation history up till the present time. The way that God has forcefully worked in the world since the Lord’s ascension is through the Holy […]