What is life without the forgiveness of sins?

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark. (2:1-12) One can only imagine the scene at Capernaum that is mentioned in today’s gospel reading. When people heard that Jesus was there, the crowds once again swelled and there were so many people present to see and to hear the Word of God that […]

Fixing the problems of the world

The reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John. (1:29-34) It is a great temptation to see the world around us and to try to fix it. We see the troubles, the trials, the suffering and we attempt to apply our human logic in a productive way to address the many problems of our […]

Keep Thy Mind In Hell

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (5:1-11) Have you ever been at your wit’s end? Have you ever felt like you were in the depths of despair? Have you ever felt that no matter what you did, things would never get better? I assume that each of us has had these […]

Marching Orders

The Reading from the First Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians. (16:13-24) We have one king and master, that is the Lord Jesus Christ. At the beginning of today’s Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians we hear these words, “Brethren, be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, and be strong. Let […]

Telling the Truth is a Revolutionary Act

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (10:32-33, 37-38; 19:27-30) On this day, the Sunday after the Feast of Pentecost, we celebrate All Saints. In the West this celebration falls on November 1st and for this reason Halloween, which means “All Hallows eve or All Saints eve, is the previous evening. In […]

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 […]

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. […]