Sacrifice or Mercy?

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew 9:9-13   “Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’  We sometimes lose sight of the extraordinary way that the Lord Jesus spoke and taught as One having authority.  These words were a direct correction and challenge to the Pharisees of […]

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 […]

Are some people destined for hell no matter what?

*The reader is reminded that there is a distinct understanding of Hell in the Orthodox Christian tradition.  This tradition is based on the original Greek and Hebrew texts rather than faulty English translations. The Reading from the First Epistle of St. Paul to St. Timothy 2:1-7 Today we are focusing on the Pauline epistle to […]

When blind faith is better than none

Just last month we had a sermon entitled “as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” These were the words of the Lord Jesus to the Roman Centurion who had showed great faith in Jesus and all that He could do. In today’s passage from St. Matthew we become witnesses to two […]