Are We Sons of Obedience or Disobedience?

The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Colossians. (3:4-11)  The Church is not a philosophical club. It is not a place where we come and share ideas and then we leave and go about our lives living as we please. When you were brought into the Church you were brought in freely […]

Is God Real?

The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Hebrews. (11:33-12:2) and from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (10:32-33, 37-38; 19:27-30) Today we celebrate All Saints day. As you may remember, this feast falls on November 1staccording to the western tradition. Since it falls on November 1stthat makes October 31st All Saints […]

The House of Mercy

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John. (5:1-15) Today’s reading paints a vivid picture of pain and suffering and the hope of healing. We hear about a place in Jerusalem with a miraculous pool called Bethesda. In Hebrew Bethsaida means “house of mercy” but it can also mean “the flowing water”. According […]

The Hunger of the Prodigal and Our Return to God

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (15:11-32) All of God’s activity in the world is focused on the salvation of humanity. The God who is love is the God who has sent His only begotten Son for us. This God has one great focus…each of us and our souls. Today’s parable […]

Some New Year’s Resolutions

The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark. (1:1-8) Christmas is about the coming of God to all of mankind. It is about His taking human flesh and dwelling with us, in order to suffer and die for us and save us, but God became man for another reason as well. So […]

The Finances of the Heart

The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (12:16-21) Every parable of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ is a gift that is wrapped and offered to us. We are invited to take the gift and to peel away the wrapper and the many layers to find more and deeper meaning as […]

How To Come Back From the Dead

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (7:11-16) We often hear news spread quickly in our age of instant news and the advent of the internet. Sadly this news is usually not good news but various forms of bad news or tragedies that are happening somewhere in the world. The gospel reading […]

Don’t Get Comfortable!

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (19:16-26) Every time that we come here to the Church we have an opportunity to encounter God.  We encounter God in multiple ways, but the most important of those ways is through the words of the holy gospel that are read every Sunday and also […]

Are We Wax or Fire?

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (5:14-19) Nothing attracts others to God like people who are genuinely faithful to God and to His commandments. In fact, it is sometimes said that people have no problem with Jesus but that they have a problem with the followers of Jesus whom they’ve encountered. […]

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 […]