Why Does God Allow Bad Things to Happen?

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John. (9:1-38) We hear about a blind man that the Lord was walking past along with His disciples. And an interesting question was put to the Lord Jesus. His disciples asked “Rabbi (teacher), who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” That […]

Addiction and Fulfillment

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John. (4:5-42) Have you ever noticed that it is really easy for people to become addicts? We look all around us and we find that people are addicted to all sorts of things. Sometimes we are addicted to material or physical things like certain drugs or […]

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 […]

How do we know that Jesus rose from the dead?

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John. (20:19-31) We are in this glorious time of Holy Pascha (Easter) and unlike most of the denominations around the world, who only celebrate this event for one day out of the whole year, we have the great blessing of celebrating it for 40 days! From […]

What is life without the forgiveness of sins?

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark. (2:1-12) One can only imagine the scene at Capernaum that is mentioned in today’s gospel reading. When people heard that Jesus was there, the crowds once again swelled and there were so many people present to see and to hear the Word of God that […]

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 […]

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 […]