Homily on Palm Sunday – Faith in Christ not Pride

Palm Sunday Homily.   Where do we get our spiritual strength? What is the source?  Is our spiritual health fragile and dependent on the circumstances, or is it robust? Do the events and people in our lives “damage our calm”, or do we have the kind of “peace that passes all understanding” guarding our hearts? The default […]

Homily for the Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt (Great Lent)

St. Mark 10:32-45.  In this homily, Fr. Anthony shared three lessons from the life of St. Mary: the distinction between worldly happiness and an anti-fragile joy; how our sin alienates us from knowing and loving God and neighbor; and the difficult need to trust God with our transformation into divine children through and in His […]

Homily – The Mystery of Cross is Sacrificing for Others

Sunday of the Veneration of the Cross. “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” Matthew 16:24 Christ is talking as if “coming after” or “following” Him is something good. What is that all about? Where is He going? Where is He leading us? Christ […]

Homily – Hesychasm and Love

Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas Notes: So, when the saints contemplate this divine light within themselves, seeing it by the divinising communion of the Spirit, through the mysterious visitation of perfecting illuminations—then they behold the garment of their deification, their mind being glorified and filled by the grace of the Word, beautiful beyond measure in […]

Homily – Transforming the Absurd Theater of our Mind into a Temple of God

Turning the Absurd Theater of our Mind into a Temple of God Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy Triumph of Orthodoxy. Yay Church (back from oppression)! Yay Theology (protected from heresy)! They’re good, but to what end? They allow us to experience the love of God – and through it the salvation of our souls – in its […]

Lenten Epistle of the Ukrainian Bishops outside Ukraine

The 2019 Great Lent Epistle of the Permanent Conference of Ukrainian Orthodox Bishops Beyond the Borders of Ukraine To the God-beloved Pastors, Monastics, and all Faithful Children of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the Diaspora and Ukraine, Beloved in the Lord: CHRIST IS AMONG US! The Holy and Sacred Season of Great Lent is upon us! Each year, the […]

Homily – How Could We Not See Them or Their Need?

  Homily on the Sunday of the Last Judgment (Matthew 25:31-46).  How do we miss seeing the need of the people around us?  How do we not respond to them with love?  It’s tragic.  But in Christ we CAN see them and we CAN respond to their need… with the One Thing Needful. [Want to […]

Homily – The Older Brother Can’t See – or Love – the Prodigal

Sunday of the Prodigal Son St. Luke 15:11-32 We are called to live a life of love; to bring healing, reconciliation, and harmonious joy to the world. This is the goal of every good person, and the reason we gather here every Sunday. So why is it that the world is still broken? Even harder, […]

Homily – The Pharisee Can’t See – or Love – Himself

The Publican and the Pharisee St. Luke 18:9-14 The theme of Great Lent is repentance. More than learning to say “sorry” (although this is important) More than promising to “do better next time” (although this is important) It is the process of making a real change; of becoming something else – something even better Review […]

Homily – Christ Brings Salvation to our Homes

Homily on Zacchaeus Sunday (St. Luke 19:1-10).  Christ brought salvation to Zachaeus “and his house”; He wants to do the same for us.  How can we get Him there – and how can we get Him to stay?  Enjoy the show! Check out this episode!