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 […]

Fixing the problems of the world

The reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John. (1:29-34) It is a great temptation to see the world around us and to try to fix it. We see the troubles, the trials, the suffering and we attempt to apply our human logic in a productive way to address the many problems of our […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Keep Thy Mind In Hell

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (5:1-11) Have you ever been at your wit’s end? Have you ever felt like you were in the depths of despair? Have you ever felt that no matter what you did, things would never get better? I assume that each of us has had these […]

Does God Actually Love Us?

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John. (3:13-17) Today is the first Sunday of the football season. It was often the case that during football games you could see a few fans in the crowd who would hold up signs which read John 3:16. In fact our gospel reading today is quite […]