Growing Together in Christ

The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Ephesians. (4:7-13) In today’s epistle the holy apostle St. Paul writes “grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.” We will come back to that in a moment. He also writes“When He ascended on high He led a host […]

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 […]

When Religion Is Used As A Weapon

The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (13:10-17) When our religious practices don’t start with the love of God, they become like weapons. They no longer can do good for us or for others. They no longer help us to heal but cause wounds. We are witnesses to the way that […]

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 […]

Aspects of the Consecration of a Church

Next week we will have the great blessing of two major events in the life of this mission, and indeed in the life of the Church. On Saturday we will have the consecration service for the church building. This of course coincides with the other great blessing which is that we will receive His Grace […]

Lessons from the Brother of the Lord

Tomorrow is the Feast of St. James the brother of the Lord As a change of pace today I thought I would take some time to tell you about Saint James the brother of the Lord and some of his work. As you know there are likely 3 Saints named James in the New Testament. […]

Did The Early Church Believe in Icons?

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (8:5-15) In today’s gospel we hear the familiar story or parable of the sower. Our Lord teaches us that the seed is the word of God. The parable is about what happens when in our hearts we either accept or reject the word of God. […]