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 […]

Many atheists believe in God

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John 3:13-17 If you have ever watched a football game on the television you will notice that there are always a couple of fans who are holding large signs that read “John 3:16.” When I was a child I wondered what that meant, I was not […]

“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 […]

A Feast Of The Mother of God

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke 10:38-42; 11:27-28 Every time that the Church celebrates a feast of the Mother of God, this is the passage that is read. This means that today’s gospel reading is read more than almost any other gospel passage in the life of the Church (excluding the […]

How we build the Church

The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans 12:6-14 In today’s epistle we hear some of the words of encouragement from the great Apostle St. Paul to the Christians of Rome. These words are a beautiful reminder to all of us who are here together to build this mission and spread the […]

Unity through Truth

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John 17:1-13 In today’s gospel passage we hear a portion of Our Lord’s great high priestly prayer which he prayed on the night in which He was given up, or rather gave Himself up, for the life of the world. Our Holy Church gives us this […]

The Bold Faith of the Blind man

The reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke 18:35-43 “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”  The Lord hears the blind man crying out to him and he doesn’t ignore his cries for help.  He doesn’t try to silence him the way that the multitudes gathered there had tried to silence him.  […]

The garden of the heart

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke 8:5-15 We are among the most blessed people in the history of the world.  You might think this is a reference to being citizens of this nation, or a reference to our vast wealth as a society.  Far from it.  What makes us blessed is […]

The Soul of a church

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark 8:34-9:1 In our reading today we hear these powerful words “For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for My sake and the Gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and […]

Attitude or Gratitude?

The reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke 17:12-19 In today’s short gospel reading we are told about ten lepers who met the Lord Jesus. Lepers, those afflicted with leprosy were usually found together in groups because they had been isolated and ostracized from the rest of the healthy population. By this time […]