Homily on Spiritual and Psychological Blindness

The Sunday of the Man Born Blind (St. John 9:1-38) Psychologists and theologians agree: In their default setting, our minds are wired not for discerning truth but social standing.  The path to objectivity involves humility, immersing ourselves in discerning communities (e.g. of science and traditional Orthodox faith), and developing a relationship with the source of […]

Homily on Sowing (Sunday of the Samaritan Woman)

Homily on Sowing St. John 4:5-42 The metaphor of agriculture. 1 (Introduction). You have to reap when the crop is ready. If it’s ready and you don’t reap it ? what happens? Something ? or someone ? else will reap it (e.g. birds w/ blueberries) It spoils. It does not make it to the reaping […]

Homily – The Way of the Paralytic

Sunday of the Paralytic John 5:1-15 Prologue: the Gospel only makes sense within its context. Rules for living well: Do the best you can. Always strive to do better. When you mess up, admit it, clean it up, and repent. The paralytic exhibits this way of life: Doing the best he could, based on who […]

Homily on Rituals, Myrrhbearers, and Insult to Injury

Ritual, Myrrhbearers, and Dealing with Insult to Injury St. Mark 15:43-16:8 Notes (that I mostly ignored) We have a concept: adding insult to injury. It describes how tough it is when something bad has already happened and then something happens that makes the same situation even worse. This is what happened to the myrrhbearing women: […]

Homily on Trust, Magic, and the Melt Down on Aisle Three

Trust, Magic, and the Meltdown on Aisle Three Homily on St. Thomas Sunday Fr. Anthony Perkins One of the themes in today’s Gospel reading is belief. We live in a world where it is hard to know what to believe. It’s no longer just a matter of media spin, we cannot even agree on the […]

Palm Sunday Homily – The Deliverer

  Homily for Palm Sunday Philippians 4:4-9; John 12:1-18 How far are we willing to go for what is true? How far are we willing to go for what is good (virtuous)? How far are we willing to go for peace (not the cheap peace of appeasement, but the real peace of a battle well […]

Homily – Sacrifice is More than Deferred Gratification

Homily on the Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt (St. Mark 10:32-45) What are you willing to sacrifice for a better life? To improve the lives of those around you? The power of deferred gratification. Save now ? for something big later. We use this for all kinds of things: retirement accounts, education, residencies Think […]

St. John of the Ladder and a Defense of Tradition

A Meditation on St. John’s “The Ladder of Divine Ascent” The farmer’s wealth is gathered on the threshing floor and in the wine press, but the wealth and knowledge of the monk is gathered during the evenings and the night hours while standing at prayer and engaged in spiritual activity. Step 20 (on vigil), 10. […]

Homily of the Cross and The Way

Homily on the Third Sunday of Great Lent, the Sunday of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross. St. Mark 8:34-9:1 Notes: Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. Self Denial. We deny ourselves those things that lead us into sin. This sounds easy, but it isn’t. […]

St Gregory Palamas, Marriage, and the Uncreated Light

Check out this episode! +++ Marriage as a Metaphor for Orthodoxy Homily of St. Gregory Palamas Today we celebrate the life and teachings of someone who really got it ? St. Gregory Palamas; he experienced God’s love for him in a real and tangible way, and he reflected that love back at God and on […]