When you can’t catch fish

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke 5:1-11 It seems at first glance that this gospel reading is about fishing. In truth it is about no such thing.It is a test of faith.  It is about honestly assessing the obstacles and hindrances that are between us and a life that is dedicated […]

Many atheists believe in God

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John 3:13-17 If you have ever watched a football game on the television you will notice that there are always a couple of fans who are holding large signs that read “John 3:16.” When I was a child I wondered what that meant, I was not […]

Do We Seek Justice or Mercy?

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew 18:23-35 Each and every time we hear the words of the Lord Jesus Christ we are blessed beyond belief. There have been many teachers and philosophers and even prophets but with the Lord we hear words full of power and beauty. Words that offer us […]

A Feast Of The Mother of God

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke 10:38-42; 11:27-28 Every time that the Church celebrates a feast of the Mother of God, this is the passage that is read. This means that today’s gospel reading is read more than almost any other gospel passage in the life of the Church (excluding the […]

How we build the Church

The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans 12:6-14 In today’s epistle we hear some of the words of encouragement from the great Apostle St. Paul to the Christians of Rome. These words are a beautiful reminder to all of us who are here together to build this mission and spread the […]

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 […]

The Bold Faith of the Blind man

The reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke 18:35-43 “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”  The Lord hears the blind man crying out to him and he doesn’t ignore his cries for help.  He doesn’t try to silence him the way that the multitudes gathered there had tried to silence him.  […]

Now.

The Reading from the Second Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians 6:1-10 In today’s epistle reading we hear these words “Brethren, working together with Him, then, we entreat you not to accept the grace of God in vain. For He says, “At the acceptable time I have listened to you, and helped you on […]

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. […]

Is your faith conditional?

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke 13:10-17 Can you imagine struggling with an illness for nearly 2 straight decades? That is a long time for anyone to be sick. As we can imagine, there is nothing so tough as the feeling of hopelessness. In our gospel reading today, we meet a […]