“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 […]

Are the Saints Really Alive (and should we speak to them)?

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (17:1-9) Blessed Feastday! On Tuesday evening we sung the Paraklesis (Canon of supplication) and afterwards as I was saying a few words about Our Lady the Mother of God, I told those who were present that today I would prove that the saints are really […]

Bringing Everything to Christ

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (14:14-22) In today’s gospel text we hear these words “when Jesus went ashore he saw a great throng; and he had compassion on them, and healed their sick.” We are or we should be constantly amazed by the love of God that is demonstrated through […]

Are We Wax or Fire?

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (5:14-19) Nothing attracts others to God like people who are genuinely faithful to God and to His commandments. In fact, it is sometimes said that people have no problem with Jesus but that they have a problem with the followers of Jesus whom they’ve encountered. […]

The Truth is Life

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John. (17:1-13) There is in our society a concerted effort which begins at the university level, to discredit the idea of absolute or objective truth. In the life of a Christian there is nothing that is more important than the absolute truth. We do not understand […]

Religion as a form of blindness

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John 9:1-38 The miracles of our Lord God and savior Jesus Christ are often seen in the gospels as something of a litmus test. Each and every person will respond to the miracle in a slightly different way. Some will respond with an even greater sense […]

Do All Paths Lead to Salvation?

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John 4:5-42 On this Sunday we hear the story of the Samaritan woman at the well. This is a long and fascinating passage that deserves to be studied carefully and I would encourage you to do so. I would like to focus on some of the […]