Homily on the Talents – Evangelize or Gnash Your Teeth

[Alas, there is no recording of today's homily.] St. Matthew 25:14-30 St. Cyril of Alexander (On Evangelism). The man who is the landowner is actually the Creator and Lord of all. The Word compares the time the landowner spends away from home in the parable to either the ascension of Christ into heaven or at any rate to the unseen and invisible character of the divine nature. Now one must conceive of the property of God as those in each country and city who believe in him. He calls his servants those who according to the times Christ crowns with the glory of the priesthood. For the holy Paul writes, “No one takes this honor upon himself; he must be called by God.” He hands over [his property] to those who are under him, to each giving … [Continue reading]

UOC-USA Canonist (Fr. Harry Linsenbigler ) on Ukrainian Autocephaly

Fr. Anthony interviews Fr. Harry Linsenbigler (Canonist for the UOC-USA) about the Ukrainian Autocephaly and whether the Ecumenical Patriarchate has a legitimate role in it. Check out this episode! … [Continue reading]

A Parable and Discussion on Ukrainian Autocephaly

Fr. Anthony shares a parable that explains how the EP and the UOC-USA understand the EP's work in Ukraine.  Then he discusses the situation with a live studio audience.  Enjoy the show! … [Continue reading]

Parish Politics Threaten Evangelism (A Parable on Ukraine)

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It was a long Summer.  It all started when I got an e-mail from someone asking if he could come to Liturgy.  He also asked about membership and taking Communion.  I did my usual thing, underscoring that everyone was welcome to experience God and … [Continue reading]

Homily: Why We Need to Love God to Really Love Our Neighbor

Homily Notes: Being Nice is NOT Enough [These notes probably bear little resemblance to what was actually preached as they spent all Sunday morning at home on the printer - rookie mistake!!!]  Gospel Lesson:  St. Matthew 22:35-46 (The Great … [Continue reading]

Homily on Obligation (Parables of Feasts and Battles)

Homily Notes on the Wedding Feast (St. Matthew 22:1-14) Invitation to the Wedding Feast: we don't intuit the context (why not just RSVP? – gnashing of teeth for wearing the wrong clothes!?). What is missing? Mutual obligation! Respect! Duty! Love! … [Continue reading]

Homily: Murder in the Vineyard (Matthew 21:33-42)

The Parable of the Wicked Tenants St. Matthew 21:33-42 The primary purpose of this parable at the time it was given was to warn God's chosen people that God had sent His Son – who was now among them – to see how the stewards of his vineyards were … [Continue reading]

Homily of the Transfiguration – Who is the Christ?

One of the most important questions: Who is Jesus the Christ (Joshua the Messiah)? 1.  Man (prophet) who lived 2000 years ago. Very wise. Set an example of love, sacrifice, and a commitment to virtue that we should all emulate. Better than … [Continue reading]

Homily on Gratitude/Ingratitude and Harmony/Tyranny

Homily on St. Matthew 18:23-35: The forgiving Lord and the unforgiving servant.  The main theme of today's homily is that we have the power to transform the world for the better (through gratitude and mercy) or the worse (through ingratitude and … [Continue reading]

Post-Communion Prayers (UOC-USA)

The Post-Communion Prayers of the Holy Orthodox Church from the Prayer Book of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA. Check out this episode! … [Continue reading]