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 presence of God.  They should be set aside as holy and dedicated to the Lord. Historical Movements: Genesis 1 - 2.  God creates a special place, the Garden, that serves as the place where He and His people can meet.  (This is not read at the feast, but it is assumed).  We lost our access to this place.  God continued to meet us, sanctifying the specific places (e.g. Exodus 3:5). Exodus 40:1-5, 9-10, 16, 34-35 (Vespers reading).  God commands the creation of a special place in the tent … [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 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. (2 Corinthians 6:6; … [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]

Healing the Divisions of the Orthodox in Ukraine; the Diaspora as a Model for Reconciliation

This paper was prepared for presentation at conference; "Ecumenical Encounters between East and West.  Catholicism and Orthodoxy in Ukraine" on Saturday, November 12th 2016 at La salle University organized by the St. Sophia Religious Association of … [Continue reading]

Bible Study 7: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (and the Logos!)

Bible Study St. Mary UOC (Pokrova) 9 November 2016 Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob Opening prayer (from the Prayer before the Gospel during the Diving Liturgy) Make the pure light of Your divine knowledge shine in our hearts, Loving Master, and open … [Continue reading]

Bible Study 6: Cain & Abel, the Nephilim, the Flood, and the Tower of Babel

Opening prayer (from the Prayer before the Gospel during the Diving Liturgy) 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 … [Continue reading]

Homily Notes: A Thorn in the Flesh

The Balance of Mystery and Persecution 2 Corinthians 11:31-12:9 (Epistle) The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is blessed forever, knows that I am not lying. [In Damascus the governor, under Aretas the king, was guarding the city … [Continue reading]

Bible Study 5: Genesis One – Resting… and Falling

Opening prayer (from the Prayer before the Gospel during the Diving Liturgy) 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 … [Continue reading]

Homily Notes: The Law of (Joyfully) Sowing and Reaping

A Universal Law (cause and effect): Whoever sows sparingly will reap sparingly; whoever sows bountifully will reap bountifully. (2 Corinthians 9:6) Explain metaphor. What is sowing? What is reaping? What are WE supposed to sow? … [Continue reading]

Bible Study 4: Genesis One – Image and Likeness

Bible Study 4: Genesis One – Image and Likeness St. Mary (Покрова) Cathedral Opening prayer (from the Prayer before the Gospel during the Diving Liturgy) Make the pure light of Your divine knowledge shine in our hearts, Loving Master, and open the … [Continue reading]