Sermons & Homilies

A Shortcut to Heaven and a Shortcut to Hell - A Sermon for the 11th Sunday after Pentecost
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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How Not to Perish Eternally: A Homily for the 11th Sunday after Pentecost (2019)
Our Savior begins His parable by telling us the story of ourselves, of every single Christian who has ever repented before Almighty God. He speaks of a servant owing a great and unfathomable debt, one which he does not have even the slightest hope of ever repaying. In the parable of the talents, the Lord described those who were given one, two, or perhaps even five talents; truly the gifts of God are great and precious, and some have calculated a single talent to have been worth the wages of six years of labor. So when we hear today that the servant owed ten thousand talents, we must understand that such a sum was utterly impossible for him to acquire.
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Sermon for the 11th Sunday after Pentecost (2017)
Many of us are familiar with the story of the monk who would not forgive his brother and was told by his spiritual father as he prayed the Lord’s Prayer, to omit: “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us,” meaning that his sins would not be forgiven if he did not forgive others. This was an application of our Lord’s teaching in the Gospel of Matthew by the spiritual father relating to the brothers’ prayers and spiritual life. In today’s parable, we read not simply of forgiveness but of the immensity of God’s forgiveness in contrast with the forgiveness which is asked of us...
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