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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

How Do Christians Receive the Holy Spirit?

Today (Sunday June 4th), we celebrate the Holy Feast of Pentecost. We celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Disciples and Apostles of Our Lord Jesus Christ. But what about us? “How do we receive the Holy Spirit?” A basic study of this question may yield some surprising results. According to the book […]

How God Proves His Love

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark 10:32-45 “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem. And the Son of man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn Him to death, and deliver Him to the Gentiles. And they will mock Him, and scourge Him, and […]

Has anyone seen God?

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John 1:43-51 The theme of the first Sunday of Lent is the Triumph of Orthodoxy. Specifically the restoration of holy iconography in all of the churches of God. While we Orthodox celebrate, we should also mourn and pray for the many Christian groups who do not […]

A safe place for the Lord

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew 2:13-23 “Rise, take the Child and His mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you.”  We are told that an Angel of the Lord proclaimed these words to Joseph the betrothed, sometime after the birth of the Lord Jesus. These words […]

Lent and the pursuit of Truth.

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John 1:43-51 If we enter the church to simply check a mark off of our weekly “to-do” list, we are probably confused. If we come to the church in hopes of passing time quickly and getting on with “life”, we have a problem. The services of […]