Homily Notes: Patience and the Redemption of the World

Reading the Gospel at St. Mary's

Reflection on the Cross For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.” Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews … [Continue reading]

Homily on Romans 15:1-2: On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand!

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We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification. (Romans 15:1-2) This is one of the most wonderful pieces of advice in the Bible, but it goes against our culture and some of our strongest instincts for survival. In fact, if most people really tried to put this advice into practice, they would either end up destroying themselves or giving up pretty quickly. It’s still good advice, but there’s something that has to come first. Here is a parable that will help make the point: A group of friends are out walking; suddenly they find that the ground beneath them is no longer firm. They are all slowly sinking into the … [Continue reading]

Homily: A Reflection on Romans 12:10-14

Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel (at Callaway Gardens, Georgia)

[A homily on the power of "doing unto others..."; "if you can't say something nice..." and "bless your heart."] Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, … [Continue reading]

Notes for a Basic Christian Homily

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Romans 6:18-23 (Here's St. John Chrysostom's homily on this reading) Saint Paul ends today’s epistle ends with a restatement of the Gospel, i.e. the Good News; the thing that is supposedly central to our identity and calling as … [Continue reading]

Homily Notes: Why worship is the right response to chaos

Vladyka Daniel celebrates the Divine Liturgy at St. Sophia Seminary

Romans 5:1-10 Matthew 6:22-33 It has been a difficult week. It is meet and right for us to gather together and worship in difficult times; Because worship reminds us who we are – not victims or partisans in a troubled world, but sons … [Continue reading]

Homily Notes: Like Politics, Salvation is Local

Matthew 10:32-33, 37-38, 19:27-30 Like Politics, Salvation is Loval The Problem: How do we reconcile the Gospel that we have just heard – a very demanding call that we give up everything and take up our cross – with something Jesus says just … [Continue reading]

A Marriage Homily (for Damon and Stevie)

Damon and Stevie's first steps as a married couple!

This is the Crowning Service: it is a celebration of love; the realizing of God’s will that “they be one as we are one”.  It is an icon of how life is meant to go: an example of the tangible way love – that is to say God – makes Himself real in this … [Continue reading]

Notes from a talk on 1 Enoch

The First Book of Enoch Talk given at House on the Rock Family Church, Windgap PA 07 June 2016 Rev. Anthony Perkins  Main References: H. Charles, R. H., & W.O.E. Oesterley, (1917). The Book of Enoch (1917). Michael S. Heiser. The … [Continue reading]

Homily on the Samaritan Woman

Lesson on the Samaritan Woman: St. John 4 : 5 – 42 Beautiful story, full of insights into how Christ conducted Himself during His earthly ministry… It is also from the Gospel according to St. John: a short book that is full of beautiful spiritual … [Continue reading]

Sunday of the Paralytic (homily notes)

Acts 9:32-42 (healing of Aeneas and raising of Tabitha)St. Luke 24:1-12 (healing of the paralytic) Two sets of miracles today Christ’s healing of the paralytic at the Sheep’s Pool Peter’s healing of Aeneas and raising  Tabitha from the dead at … [Continue reading]