What Should Terrify Us?

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (8:26-39) We are close now…only 10 days away from the eve of the Feast of All Saints on the western calendar. This evening celebration is called Halloween from the phrase “all hollows eve”. On this day we often see children as well as grown adults, […]

What Fruit Does the Master Seek?

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (21:33-42) Today we hear the parable of the vineyard. We are told that there was a man who planted the vineyard and along with this vineyard he built and provided everything that was necessary for the vineyard to thrive and do well. He decided to […]

Paralysis of Soul

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (9:1-8) When we come to Church we are constantly exposed to the words of the gospels and all of the miracles of our Lord Jesus Christ. Sometimes when we are “over-exposed” we take what we are hearing or reading for granted. One of the most […]

The Supreme Court and the Healing of the Demoniacs

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (8:28-9:1) We have become quite familiar with this story of the two demon possessed men and the way that the Lord Jesus Christ chooses to heal them of their terrible infirmity.  In modern times many people believe that these gospel stories about demons have nothing […]

Women and the Church

An aspect of Christianity that deserves more attention than it usually receives are the lives of our many wonderful and saintly women.  One of my beloved parishioners, Anna Cory is doing her part to highlight some of the saints with a new blog.  I believe that this work serves as a much needed antidote for […]

Pentecost is Now!

Acts of the Apostles. (2:1-11) and the Holy Gospel according to St. John. (7:37-52; 8:12) Long ago, in ancient times, there was a story about a large group of people who desired to build the tallest structure that had ever been built. They plotted and schemed and worked in order to build something that would […]

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 […]