Fighting on Ladders

The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Hebrews. (6:13-20) & Holy Gospel according to St. Mark. (9:16-30) In today’s epistle we heard these words that were taken from the book of Genesis, where God says to Abraham “Surely I will bless you and multiply you.” St. Paul continues saying “And thus Abraham, […]

How God Proves His Love

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark 10:32-45 “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem. And the Son of man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn Him to death, and deliver Him to the Gentiles. And they will mock Him, and scourge Him, and […]

“You have no faith”

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew 17:14-23  In today’s gospel we are witnesses to another encounter of Jesus with a family that has suffered. A father has just brought his son to the Lord Jesus because he is an epileptic who “suffers terribly”. This father has to bring his son to […]

When prayers are a waste of time

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke 18:10-14 Once again, as an old friend or perhaps an enemy, we encounter the parable of the Pharisee and the publican.  This reading comes to us each and every year as a harbinger, a warning that Lent is around the corner. The Church is a […]

Halftime on the Battlefield of Great and Holy Lent

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark 8:34-9:1  We have come to the halfway point of our Great Lenten struggle.  While it may feel like the halfway point, the second half of Lent is even more grueling, even more challenging than the first.  After the last couple of difficult weeks it is […]

Has anyone seen God?

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John 1:43-51 The theme of the first Sunday of Lent is the Triumph of Orthodoxy. Specifically the restoration of holy iconography in all of the churches of God. While we Orthodox celebrate, we should also mourn and pray for the many Christian groups who do not […]