Bringing Light to Dark Corners

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew 5:14-19 The Lord said to His disciples “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all […]

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 […]

Are some people destined for hell no matter what?

*The reader is reminded that there is a distinct understanding of Hell in the Orthodox Christian tradition.  This tradition is based on the original Greek and Hebrew texts rather than faulty English translations. The Reading from the First Epistle of St. Paul to St. Timothy 2:1-7 Today we are focusing on the Pauline epistle to […]

When God Changed His Mind.

The Reading from the Acts of the Apostles 2:1-11 & The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John 7:37-52; 8:12 Perhaps we should begin by saying that God never really changes His mind. He is a constant and unchanging presence in the universe and in our lives. Nevertheless it appears in Scripture and […]

When Hunger and Thirst Meet.

The reading is from the gospel according to St. John 4:5-42 Imagine meeting a complete stranger. This stranger has an amazing gift. They know everything about you, even the bad stuff. The woman at the well (who is known in our tradition as Photini) had such an encounter when she met the Lord Jesus Christ. […]

Sitting in Darkness

The reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew 4:12-17   Last week we celebrated the Feast of Theophany (Epiphany).  We celebrated the fact that the Holy Trinity was made manifest, was present at that one place and moment in time.  After this event in the life of Our Lord Jesus Christ we […]