The Unshakeable Love of God

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John. (3:13-17) One of the ideas that has guided modern anti-religious thinking is the idea that God has multiple personalities. That God is sometimes love and sometimes wrath. This has caused an unhealthy fear of God and has often caused people to dismiss the “Christian” God […]

That moment when we feel like we might drown…

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (14:22-34) Everyone has moments in their life where they feel as if they are going to drown. I’m not necessarily talking about drowning in water, but the feeling that we are drowning in the difficult circumstances of our life. A marriage on the rocks.  A […]

Be A Follower!

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (4:18-23) In every person’s life there are moments where making a certain choice or decision will forever change the course of their life. This is true both in a positive as well as a negative sense. People sometimes choose to do something which is wrong […]

Women and the Church

An aspect of Christianity that deserves more attention than it usually receives are the lives of our many wonderful and saintly women.  One of my beloved parishioners, Anna Cory is doing her part to highlight some of the saints with a new blog.  I believe that this work serves as a much needed antidote for […]

Pentecost is Now!

Acts of the Apostles. (2:1-11) and the Holy Gospel according to St. John. (7:37-52; 8:12) Long ago, in ancient times, there was a story about a large group of people who desired to build the tallest structure that had ever been built. They plotted and schemed and worked in order to build something that would […]

Turning “No” into “Yes”

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (1:24-38) There are times in the life of a Christian when he or she must either say “yes” or “no”. They are two simple words but they hold within them many possibilities. They are powerful words. Today we celebrate a “Yes” and we remember that […]

Sunday of Orthodoxy

Excerpts from a Sunday of Orthodoxy sermon by Fr. Alexander Schmemann “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Rejoicing today in the triumph of Orthodoxy on this first Sunday of Lent, we joyfully commemorate three events: one event belonging to the past; one event to the […]

The Hunger of the Prodigal and Our Return to God

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (15:11-32) All of God’s activity in the world is focused on the salvation of humanity. The God who is love is the God who has sent His only begotten Son for us. This God has one great focus…each of us and our souls. Today’s parable […]

Growing Together in Christ

The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Ephesians. (4:7-13) In today’s epistle the holy apostle St. Paul writes “grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.” We will come back to that in a moment. He also writes“When He ascended on high He led a host […]

The Finances of the Heart

The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (12:16-21) Every parable of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ is a gift that is wrapped and offered to us. We are invited to take the gift and to peel away the wrapper and the many layers to find more and deeper meaning as […]