Religion as a form of blindness

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John 9:1-38 The miracles of our Lord God and savior Jesus Christ are often seen in the gospels as something of a litmus test. Each and every person will respond to the miracle in a slightly different way. Some will respond with an even greater sense […]

Do All Paths Lead to Salvation?

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John 4:5-42 On this Sunday we hear the story of the Samaritan woman at the well. This is a long and fascinating passage that deserves to be studied carefully and I would encourage you to do so. I would like to focus on some of the […]

How Long Have We Been Ill?

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John. (5:1-15) “Do you want to be healed?” This is the simple question of our Lord God and savior Jesus Christ in today’s gospel text. “Do you want to be healed?” As Christians we lose track of why it is that we come to the Church. […]

But Where Were the Disciples?

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark. (15:43-16:8) At times the Holy Scriptures and the New Testament are just as powerful for what they leave out, or what they don’t say, as for what they do say. Here is an example: nowhere in the Scriptures or the New Testament does anyone refer […]

Understanding Truth Through the Resurrection

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John. (20:19-31) Within the Orthodox Church all over the world we have been enjoying a wonderful celebration. This is not the celebration of a neat idea or a famous story or a cleverly devised fable or myth. In a hundred years people will still speak of […]

Struggling Courageously Through Lent

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark. (9:16-30) Today’s gospel reading is given to to as we celebrate the fourth Sunday of Great and Holy Lent. On this Sunday we commemorate St. John Climacus, who is also known as St. John of the ladder since he wrote one of the most famous […]