Understanding Truth Through the Resurrection

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John. (20:19-31) Within the Orthodox Church all over the world we have been enjoying a wonderful celebration. This is not the celebration of a neat idea or a famous story or a cleverly devised fable or myth. In a hundred years people will still speak of […]

Occam’s Razor and the Resurrection

The Reading from the First Epistle of St. John 1:1-7 We speak of Jesus of Nazareth, of His life and miracles and the miraculous claims that followed His life very often.  We think and meditate and ponder them to such a degree that at times it becomes difficult to regain the wonder and awe and […]

Do we cry “Hosanna!” or “Crucify!” ?

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John 12:1-18 In my former parish on Saturday evenings after Great Vespers we made a habit of having question and answer time for our parishioners.  This time after Vespers was lovingly called “Stump the priest”. Now during one of these sessions I was asked “What is […]

Can we actually experience God?

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark 2:1-12 On this the Second Sunday of Great and Holy Lent, we commemorate our Father among the saints Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessalonica (Thessaloniki).  The gospel that is given to us is meant to guide us and inform us regarding the special character of this […]

Did the disciples lie about the resurrection?

The reading is from the gospel according to St. John 20:19-31 As we reflect upon this passage for a few minutes let’s first consider the words of the Apostle St. Paul in 1 Corinthians chapter 15 when he writes “And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith also is […]

Halftime on the Battlefield of Great and Holy Lent

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark 8:34-9:1  We have come to the halfway point of our Great Lenten struggle.  While it may feel like the halfway point, the second half of Lent is even more grueling, even more challenging than the first.  After the last couple of difficult weeks it is […]