Sacrifice or Mercy?

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew 9:9-13   “Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’  We sometimes lose sight of the extraordinary way that the Lord Jesus spoke and taught as One having authority.  These words were a direct correction and challenge to the Pharisees of […]

The Biblical “Christmas” Tree

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew 1:1-25 Our reading today is given to us on the Sunday before Christmas, the feast of Nativity. Today we heard a great long list of names from the Old Testament. Some of these names are quite familiar to us such as Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and […]

An undeserved gift

The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Ephesians 2:4-10 Today is December 1st and so we begin to think and preoccupy ourselves with the Christmas season. We are thrilled to hear the festive music on the radio station and to see the decorations in all the stores. There are television Christmas specials […]