Homily – The Wasted Investment of the Rich Man

Luke 12:16-21 (The Rich Man and His Granaries) Until we figure out who we are, our actions have no purpose. We will end up doing one thing one day, and something contrary the next. Because we are fallen, our default purpose is selfish and egoistic and sees other people based on what they can do for us. Some days we see benefit in working with and helping other people, but other days we see no benefit from helping them and so we ignore them or even work against them. So it is with all of our riches, whether they are material or spiritual. Our default setting, in our selfishness, is to dole them out tactically – if at all – based on our feelings will bring the greatest security, influence, pleasure, or the most of whatever will … [Continue reading]

Bible Study #46: The Continuing Adventures of David and Saul

Bible Study #46: The Life of David III St. Mary's Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Allentown PA Fr. Anthony Perkins, 29 November 2018 Opening 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 reverence for Your blessed commandments, so that overcoming all worldly desires, we may pursue a spiritual life, both thinking and doing all things pleasing to You. For You, Christ our God, are the Light of our souls and bodies, and to You we give the glory, together with Your Father, without beginning, and Your All Holy, Good, and Life- Creating Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen. (From the Prayer … [Continue reading]

Homily on Our High Calling (Ephesians 4:1-6)

Ephesians 4:1-6 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all lowliness and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the … [Continue reading]

Homily on the Peace of Christ and the Security of the State

The Peace of the Cross and the Safety of the State Ephesians 2:14-22 Christ has "broken down the dividing wall of hostility" between us; reconciling all his believing children to God and one another "through the cross, thereby bringing an end … [Continue reading]

Bible Study #44: David the Vagabond

Bible Study #44: David the Vagabond St. Mary's Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Allentown PA Fr. Anthony Perkins, 08 November 2018 Opening Prayer: Make the pure light of Your divine knowledge shine in our hearts, Loving Master, and open the eyes of … [Continue reading]

Spiritual Speaking – How XC addresses the Existential Crises of Humanity

Fr. Anthony shares an encounter he had after Thursday's Bible Study class and describes how Christianity addresses the three existential crises of humanity: meaning, loneliness, and death.  Enjoy the show! Check out this episode! … [Continue reading]

Homily on Seeing and Feasting with Lazarus

Parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man St. Luke 16:19-31 So much to learn here. Focus on a lesson it gives to us as members of a parish that has been given the fullness of the faith. For us: We are the Rich Man and this is the place where we … [Continue reading]

Bible Study #43: David and Goliath

  Bible Study #43: David and Goliath St. Mary's Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Allentown PA Fr. Anthony Perkins, 01 November 2018 Opening Prayer: Make the pure light of Your divine knowledge shine in our hearts, Loving Master, and open … [Continue reading]

Homily on the Harvest of Nothing (problem with MP3 now corrected)

Homily on St. Luke 8:4-15 (the Parable of the Sower) Love God, love your neighbor. Simple, right? We all do and now enjoy a blissful life, free of all stress, and strong with ability to easily overcome all challenges. Class dismissed. Nope. The … [Continue reading]

Bible Study #42: The Rise of David the Christ

Bible Study #42: The Rise of David the Christ (1 Kingdom/Samuel 11-15) St. Mary's Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Allentown PA Fr. Anthony Perkins, 25 October 2018 Opening Prayer: Make the pure light of Your divine knowledge shine in our hearts, … [Continue reading]