A Sermon for the 19th Sunday after Pentecost (2018)

A Sermon for the 19th Sunday after Pentecost (2018)

October 07, 2018

Today’s Gospel presents us with an icon of our spiritual life. The image is that of the Apostles who were toiling and laboring all night long, trying to catch fish. Yet, they caught nothing. It was not until the Lord came and told them to let down their nets one more time, and through His blessing they caught so many fish that they began to sink. And then they were told that they would from now on catch men for Christ’s sake.

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Sermon for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (2018)

Sermon for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (2018)

September 27, 2018

As we all know, we live in a consumer driven society. The consumer mentality dominates every aspect of our life, economic, political, and even religious. There is no part of our life that is free from this mentality. We demand choices and we all want the very best choice—not just for ourselves but for our children and those we care about.

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Sermon for the Sunday before the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (2018)

Sermon for the Sunday before the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (2018)

September 23, 2018

Today is the Sunday before the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. It’s the start of a season, a kind of forefeast. With this we can be certain of a few things. Namely, the time of trials and tribulations is upon us. This is one of the things that we can be certain of when we come upon any feast of the Cross.

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A Sermon for the Nativity of the Theotokos (2018)

A Sermon for the Nativity of the Theotokos (2018)

September 21, 2018

The essence of today’s feast is about both barrenness and fullness; it is about human weakness and the limitless wonder-working power of God. We are well aware of the details of the conception and birth of the Mother of God. The hymns teach us this feast’s story. Joachim and Anna, an upright and pure couple, are left with no child. Before the Christ came, childlessness was a reproachful and shameful thing, it was taken as a sign of God’s disfavor and a curse. We are familiar with this situation throughout the Holy Scriptures.

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Homily for the 16th Sunday After Pentecost

Homily for the 16th Sunday After Pentecost

September 16, 2018

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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"Love, and Do What You Want"

September 09, 2018

In today’s Gospel passage, we hear the greatest definition of the Christian life ever given by anyone. One of Jewish lawyers asked our Lord: “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” And Jesus replied: “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” St. Augustine later summarized this answer even more succinctly: “Love, and do what you want.”

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Sermon for the Feast of the Transfiguration (2018)

Sermon for the Feast of the Transfiguration (2018)

August 19, 2018

What is distinct about the event of the Transfiguration of Christ is twofold and will be the subject of our homily today: first, it is a revelation about who Christ is, and, secondly, about how we are spiritually transformed.

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Sermon for the Feast of St. Seraphim, Wonderworker of Sarov (2018)

Sermon for the Feast of St. Seraphim, Wonderworker of Sarov (2018)

August 01, 2018

For all Orthodox Christians, and in a special way for us monastics, the goal of our life here on this earth is of course salvation. That is also the goal of all Protestants, Catholics and other serious traditional Christians. But our Orthodox understanding of what salvation means is radically different from other Christians.

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