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. […]

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 […]

Marching Orders

The Reading from the First Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians. (16:13-24) We have one king and master, that is the Lord Jesus Christ. At the beginning of today’s Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians we hear these words, “Brethren, be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, and be strong. Let […]

Don’t Get Comfortable!

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (19:16-26) Every time that we come here to the Church we have an opportunity to encounter God.  We encounter God in multiple ways, but the most important of those ways is through the words of the holy gospel that are read every Sunday and also […]

How To Heal the Divide

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (18:23-35) Today’s gospel lesson is fairly simple and straightforward and yet these days such simple and straightforward teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ are completely neglected.   All statistics point to a significant change happening in the fabric of our society.  Today there are more atheists […]

“Lord Have Mercy” As a Way of Life

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (17:14-23) Today we hear the story of the man who brings his son (an epileptic) to the Lord Jesus Christ for healing. The man, a devout and caring father, comes and falls on his knees before the Lord and he cries out with a familiar […]