“Lord Have Mercy” As a Way of Life

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (17:14-23) Today we hear the story of the man who brings his son (an epileptic) to the Lord Jesus Christ for healing. The man, a devout and caring father, comes and falls on his knees before the Lord and he cries out with a familiar […]

Bringing Everything to Christ

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (14:14-22) In today’s gospel text we hear these words “when Jesus went ashore he saw a great throng; and he had compassion on them, and healed their sick.” We are or we should be constantly amazed by the love of God that is demonstrated through […]

Are We Wax or Fire?

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (5:14-19) Nothing attracts others to God like people who are genuinely faithful to God and to His commandments. In fact, it is sometimes said that people have no problem with Jesus but that they have a problem with the followers of Jesus whom they’ve encountered. […]

Giving Christ the Key to the City

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (8:28-9:1) How can we forget the scope of God’s love and mercy for all mankind? It is the basis and foundation for all of the work of salvation which is found within the holy gospels and the rest of the Scriptures. The Lord Jesus demonstrates […]

God Is Not Far Away!

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (8:5-13) God’s grace is something that we speak of but do we realize that this energy and healing presence of God is very near to us? It often becomes our habitual way of thinking to assume that God is far away, a distant entity who […]

Telling the Truth is a Revolutionary Act

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (10:32-33, 37-38; 19:27-30) On this day, the Sunday after the Feast of Pentecost, we celebrate All Saints. In the West this celebration falls on November 1st and for this reason Halloween, which means “All Hallows eve or All Saints eve, is the previous evening. In […]

How Do Christians Receive the Holy Spirit?

Today (Sunday June 4th), we celebrate the Holy Feast of Pentecost. We celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Disciples and Apostles of Our Lord Jesus Christ. But what about us? “How do we receive the Holy Spirit?” A basic study of this question may yield some surprising results. According to the book […]