Sermons & Homilies

God Is Love - Sermon for St. John the Theologian (2022) - Holy Cross Monastery
It was given to the Son of Thunder to make the most memorable proclamations in the whole of Scripture—In the beginning was the Wordthe Word was made fleshGod is love. Volumes of theology have been written about each one of those statements, and still their force and meaning has not been exhausted, their depths have not fully been plumbed.
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A Shortcut to Heaven and a Shortcut to Hell - A Sermon for the 11th Sunday after Pentecost - Holy Cross Monastery
My brothers and sisters, we have just heard one of the most important Gospel parables which the Lord ever spoke. At the heart of the Christian religion is forgiveness — and how our hearts yearn for such forgiveness! For who among us does not know — at least somewhere in the depths of our heart — that we too owe just such an immeasurable debt as did the servant in today’s Gospel? Who among us does not feel — at least from time to time — the same sense of complete desperation, the sense that it is utterly beyond our power to set aright all the countless mistakes we have made in our lives, to mend all that we have broken, to heal all the harm that we have done? Who among us does not realize — at least in moments of honest sobriety — that there is nothing left for us to do than to fall down before God and beg for mercy?
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