Homily – The Last Judgment

There are broken and despairing people in this world; it is our charge to care for them. We can justify our indifference with all kinds of religion and sophistry, but in the end our deeds will be laid bare. Homily on the Last Judgment (Matthew 25:31-46). Check out this episode! *** Homily on the Last […]

Homily Notes: Christianity is not a change of uniform, but a change of heart

Galatians 2:16-20 St. Matthew 22:45-46; St. Mark 8:34-9:1 Today, Christ tells us that the most important commandment is; “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. Is this even possible?  It may not be.  After all, Christ also said that; It is easier […]

Homily Notes: Snakes, Poles, the Cross, and our Hero’s Journey

A.k.a. A homily on the Old Testament?! Matthew 22:1-14 (The Wedding Feast) & John 3:13-18 Exodus is one of the most powerful stories of human history: from bondage to freedom The place of this story created the capacity in the human heart for the coming of Christ Our own “hero’s journey” can follow the same […]

Homily Notes: Patience and the Redemption of the World

Reflection on the Cross For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.” Where is the wise? Where […]

Homily on Romans 15:1-2: On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand!

We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification. (Romans 15:1-2) This is one of the most wonderful pieces of advice in the Bible, but it goes against our culture and some of […]

Homily: A Reflection on Romans 12:10-14

[A homily on the power of “doing unto others…”; “if you can’t say something nice…” and “bless your heart.”] Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; […]

Notes for a Basic Christian Homily

Romans 6:18-23 (Here’s St. John Chrysostom’s homily on this reading) Saint Paul ends today’s epistle ends with a restatement of the Gospel, i.e. the Good News; the thing that is supposedly central to our identity and calling as Christians: “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through […]

Homily on the Samaritan Woman

Lesson on the Samaritan Woman: St. John 4 : 5 – 42 Beautiful story, full of insights into how Christ conducted Himself during His earthly ministry… It is also from the Gospel according to St. John: a short book that is full of beautiful spiritual insights; a book that shares the wonderful words, actions, and […]

St. Thomas Sunday Homily; A Meditation on Love (and doubt)

Gospel Reading:  St. John 20:19-31 Love is Always Personal There is no such thing as love in the abstract; it is not a phenomenon that can be measured in a laboratory, isolated from everything else.  It is always personal.  You all know what sacrifice looks like.  You have done it in your lives and you […]

A Homily on the Last Judgment

Homily on the Last Judgment Matthew 6:14-21 Our actions have consequences.  Everything we do affects both ourselves and our environment, to include the people around us.  This is a simple fact of nature: our lives are intertwined with those of our families, our friends, our enemies… indeed with all of creation.  There is no buffer […]