Compassion and the Sicknesses of Soul and Body: A Homily on the 25th Sunday after Pentecost

Compassion and the Sicknesses of Soul and Body: A Homily on the 25th Sunday after Pentecost

December 08, 2019

The account, which we have just heard, is found only in the Gospel of Luke. It speaks of Jesus, being in the Temple on the Sabbath and encountering a woman who was bent over forwards for eighteen years. This ailment is described as a “spirit of infirmity”(vs. 11) under which she was unable to straighten herself up.

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The Acquisition of the Holy Spirit through Faith, Grace, and Good Works

The Acquisition of the Holy Spirit through Faith, Grace, and Good Works

November 24, 2019

God is not a monster; He is not a tyrant; He is not unjust. Instead, He is a father; He is a mother; He deals mercifully with His creation, and acts with love towards us who are created in His image. This is the picture that the Apostle Paul paints in today’s Epistle reading; that God is not abusive, nor does he exact justice upon us, but instead He conducts Himself with compassion and mercy.

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The World Unseen: A Homily for the Synaxis of the Bodiless Hosts (2019)

The World Unseen: A Homily for the Synaxis of the Bodiless Hosts (2019)

November 21, 2019

We celebrate today the Synaxis of the Honorable Heavenly Bodiless Hosts. While each of their nine ranks has its own appointed tasks and role in the celestial realm, for us human beings they typically play one role in particular, which is reflected in the name commonly given by us to all of them alike: angels, from the Greek angelos meaning “messenger.”

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Fear Not, Only Believe: A Homily on the Raising of Jairus' Daughter

Fear Not, Only Believe: A Homily on the Raising of Jairus' Daughter

November 17, 2019

Today’s Gospel shows us that not all faith is the same faith. Some have little faith, weak faith, easily shaken by outward setbacks and adversities; others have strong faith, great faith, faith that can move mountains, faith that soon obtains all its requests from God. No sooner had the Lord returned over the sea of Galilee to Bethsaida, than the ruler of the local synagogue, Jairus, approached him, and asked him to come and lay hands on his dying daughter, so that she might be healed. He indeed showed faith, but as we know, his faith was not perfect.

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Sermon on the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus (2019)

Sermon on the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus (2019)

November 06, 2019

Let’s ask ourselves how this can be: how are Moses and the Prophets more apt to impart the wisdom of God and true repentance into the souls of men than one risen from the dead?

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He Shall Adopt the Orphan and Widow: A Homily on the Raising of the Widow of Nain’s Son

He Shall Adopt the Orphan and Widow: A Homily on the Raising of the Widow of Nain’s Son

October 21, 2019

Today, it is not just the household of a soldier that witnesses the power of Christ’s word, but many of his disciples … and much people who followed him, along with much people of the city who were taking part in the funeral procession of a widow’s only son. The Lord met this sorry spectacle as he was entering the city; and when he saw the grieving widow, he had compassion on her. The impassible Lord is moved to compassion, in the fulness of his humanity; and indeed, what human heart could fail to be wrenched at the sight of a woman, bereft first of her husband, now deprived of her only son, and leading his pale, stone-still body to burial? Her plight was desperate, and her grief inconsolable. 

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A Homily on the Intercession of the Mother of God (Pokrov 2019)

A Homily on the Intercession of the Mother of God (Pokrov 2019)

October 14, 2019 1 Comment

What is evident in these events is that not by everyone, and not at all times is the closeness of the saints evident. Many do not perceive their nearness to us, their assistance, their concern for humanity, the purpose of which is to strengthen and assist us through various means, not the least being through prayer and by interceding with God for us. Nor is this always apparent as we read the lives of the saints as much as it is today on this feast. For today, victory was due to the intercessions of the Mother of God, who was supplicated by the faithful, the Emperor, and the Patriarch; witnessed by St. Andrew, and attested to by the civilians of the capital city who saw the invaders fleeing.

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On Obedience and the Gifts of God: A Sermon for the 16th Sunday after Pentecost (2019)

On Obedience and the Gifts of God: A Sermon for the 16th Sunday after Pentecost (2019)

October 06, 2019

Yet today at Gennesaret, Simon Peter as it were encounters the Lord for the first time: not as an abstract idea, not as a public figure only (however great a figure He doubtless appeared to be), but face to face. St. Peter begins to glimpse that this man is far more than a religious teacher or a political liberator, and he begins to realize that his own life will never be the same. This beginning of St. Peter’s life of apostleship can and must serve to inspire and instruct us also, who are all likewise called to the apostolic life to no lesser extent than St. Peter himself.

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