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 […]

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 […]

Are we spiritually paralyzed?

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John 5:1-15 Today we celebrate the healing of the paralytic near the pool called Bethsaida. We celebrate this because according to our sources of Holy Tradition, this healing actually occurred during the holy fifty days between the Jewish Passover and Pentecost. The Lord sees the man […]

3 steps to spiritual health.

The reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John 5:1-15 Today’s gospel reading is about a man who was paralyzed for 38 years.  While that is difficult to imagine, the truth is that many of us are like this man.  We’ve been paralyzed by various forces within our lives for many years.  These are […]

Looking for Life in all the wrong places

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John 5:1-15 We have heard this story about the paralyzed man many times here in the Church. He had been ill for 38 years and he waited near the pool called Bethsaida since this was known to be a miraculous pool where all manner of illness […]

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 […]