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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Sermon for the 7th Sunday after Pentecost (2018)

Sermon for the 7th Sunday after Pentecost (2018)

July 14, 2018

In the Epistle appointed for this Sunday, we hear St. Paul instructing us in a very important truth concerning the Holy Scriptures: “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” Such an understanding of the Scriptures is absolutely foundational to the Christian life: the Divine Scriptures are not merely stories about events that occurred halfway around the world many thousands of years ago, nor are they a collection of abstract and intellectual propositions concerning abstruse systems of theology. No, quite the contrary.

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Sermon for the Feast of the Holy Apostles Peter & Paul (2018)

Sermon for the Feast of the Holy Apostles Peter & Paul (2018)

July 12, 2018 1 Comment

The Apostle Paul, who is unsurpassed in his reasons for pride, now admits, “in me, no good doth lie.”

The Apostle Peter, faithful in his family’s trade and employment, abandoned all to receive a hundredfold and heaven’s enjoyment.

Born a Jew and then set apart, is circumcised in flesh, and now also in heart.

Toiling all night, Peter’s nets are all bare, ‘til he obeys Christ’s bidding; now, no room to spare.

A Hebrew of Hebrews with a pedigree to boast, now born from above to labor the most.

A man of the earth with his hands in the waters, now netting for Heaven new sons and daughters.

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Sermon for the 5th Sunday after Pentecost (2018)

Sermon for the 5th Sunday after Pentecost (2018)

July 01, 2018

The Lord Jesus Christ came swiftly from heaven, unable to contain His ardent love which desires to pour forth all of His goodness upon us. The activity and violence of the demons is strong; but the activity of the very Self-Existing Wisdom, Word and Power of God, leaves no room for the restless vanity of the devil.

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