Sermon for the 28th Sunday of Pentecost

Sermon for the 28th Sunday of Pentecost

December 09, 2018

In today’s Gospel reading, we note the compassion of God for the woman who had suffered for eighteen years, bent to the ground, unable to straighten out. He was not ashamed to call her to Himself while in the Synagogue and to lay His hands on her and heal her so that she could straighten up amidst all those who looked on, His adversaries, as they were called, who were full of hate and accusation.

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Sermon for the Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple (2018)

Sermon for the Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple (2018)

December 04, 2018

When we look at the holy face of the Mother of God in the icons, we see a woman, a human being just like us, but one who is filled with peace, because she chose not to look away but to keep her gaze always fixed on Him. No matter what happened in her life, she did not look away from Him. This is the source of her deep inner peace that is undisturbed by the turmoil of this world.

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A Sermon for 25th Sunday after Pentecost (2018)

A Sermon for 25th Sunday after Pentecost (2018)

November 18, 2018

Abba Isaac says:

At a time of darkness, kneeling is more helpful than anything else. … Even if our thoughts are cold and murky, we ought to persist long in kneeling. And although our hearts should be dead at those times and we should not even have a prayer or know what we ought to say, since no words or supplication come to us, nor even a petition, still we ought to remain continually prostrate upon our faces, though we keep silence.

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A Sermon for the Feast of the Protection of the Theotokos (2018)

A Sermon for the Feast of the Protection of the Theotokos (2018)

October 14, 2018

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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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