Sermons & Homilies

Homily for the 16th Sunday After Pentecost
Time impresses itself on our attention most frequently when we realize that it will come to an end. At these moments, what comes to the fore is the vanity of much of what we do, the pettiness of our likes and dislikes, and the impermanence of all that we hold dear. It motivates us to change, to become better, to live our life differently. Yet, this surge of enthusiasm wears off. How is it that a near-death experience, a bout with cancer, or the loss of a loved one draws us into such an atmosphere without our consent, the value of which is evident to us but seems so fleeting as time moves on and we become forgetful of those moments?
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Sermon for the 16th Sunday after Pentecost (2015)

“Life is a time for trading,” says St. Theophan the Recluse,[1] and this is the meaning of the parable which we have read in today’s Gospel. Christ is the landowner and Christians are His disciples to whom He has given talents which are to be given back to Him with interest when he returns from the far country. Then Christ will reward to each according to their labor.

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