Homily Notes: Sunday before Theophany

Mark 1:1-8 With thanks to Fr. Antony Hughes Christ is Born! Gospel of Mark: not an infancy story. St. John the Baptist (last of the OT prophets: classic) John the Baptist: Two messages First: repentance and baptism for the forgiveness of sins Second: about the Messiah that was coming Was holier than him (thong of sandal) That He would bring more than an earthly baptism (of the Holy Spirit; a heavenly one) Let's talk about that first message: what was John doing in the wilderness of the Jordan? Calling for repentance and and offering baptism for the forgiveness of sins Admit moral failings... and repent of them (i.e promise a new start) Individual, but also for the entire society This is … [Continue reading]

Homily – Sunday after Nativity

Matthew 2:13-23 Summary of today’s Gospel: God humbles Himself to save mankind, leaving His rightful inheritance as God and becoming man; being born as a baby in Bethlehem. And how does the world He has come to save greet Him? Is He born in a temple? In a palace? These would have been seemed more fitting than what it gave Him: a manger in a stable. Worse yet, when the leaders of the day learned of His birth from the wise men – what was their reaction? Did they submit to the Ruler of All Ages? Did they nurture, serve, and protect Him so that He could grow into manhood as their prophet, priest, and king? No. In today’s Gospel, we hear how the Holy Family had to flee the Holy Land into Egypt in order to avoid assassination. … [Continue reading]

A Nativity Homily

Christos Rojhdayetsya! Slavite Yeho! Christ is Born! Glorify Him! Let us celebrate the Incarnation of our Lord! As St. John Christostom says in his Nativity homily (SJC-NH); “Bethlehem this day resembles heaven” The Sun of Righteousness lays in … [Continue reading]

OT Bible Study 10: The Plagues Against Egypt

Old Testament Bible Study The Plagues against Egypt Prayer. O Lord enlighten the eyes of our minds... Context. Moses is living in Midean; the Israelites are captive in Egypt. The Lord has heard their crying. He has revealed Himself to Moses at the … [Continue reading]

Homily: On Gratitude

Because this Sunday was also the commemoration of St. Savas, one who "made the tears with repentance", I worked the theme of tears of repentance then gratitude (i.e. the second baptism) being the only thing that allows God to make the desert of our … [Continue reading]

OT Bible Study #9: Introducing Moses

Old Testament Bible Study #9 Exodus: Introducing Moses Prayer: Make the pure light of Your divine knowledge shine in our hearts, Loving Master, and open the eyes of our minds that we may understand the message of Your Gospel. Instill also in us … [Continue reading]

Homily: Walk Worthily of Your Calling

I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the … [Continue reading]

Homily Notes: On the Transfer of Holiness in the Economy of Salvation

The main thing that has always struck me about this feast is the dynamic of transfer from holy place to holy place that is going on. Given:  that God is holy and he seeks to meet us within a dedicated Holy Place.  Places are sanctified by the … [Continue reading]

OT Bible Study #8: The Patriarch Joseph the Comely

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St. Mary (Pokrova) Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Allentown PA (11/30/2016) Old Testament Bible Study #8: The Patriarch Joseph, the Comely Prayer: Make the pure light of Your divine knowledge shine in our hearts, Loving Master, and open the eyes of … [Continue reading]

Homily: Achieving Unity with God

St. Luke 10:25-37 (Good Samaritan) St. John 1:43-51 (Philip and Nathaniel) The goal and necessity of the human life is union with God; the Good News is that this is possible through Christ (e.g. Vladimir Lossky). Should amaze us. … [Continue reading]