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 […]

Sunday of Orthodoxy

Excerpts from a Sunday of Orthodoxy sermon by Fr. Alexander Schmemann “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Rejoicing today in the triumph of Orthodoxy on this first Sunday of Lent, we joyfully commemorate three events: one event belonging to the past; one event to the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]