“Woman, You Are Loosed”: Homily for St. Anna’s Conception of the Theotokos

Epistle to the Galatians 4:22-27 Gospel According to St. Luke 13:10-17             None of us likes to be sick.  It’s very frustrating to want to get up and do what you want to do and not to be able to do so.  Illness separates us from our usual activities and relationships, and even from our selves.  When our lives revolve around our own pain and disability, we aren’t really ourselves anymore.  And…

The Blind Beggar Receives His Sight: Homily for the 26th Sunday after Pentecost in the Orthodox Church

St. Luke 18: 35-43 Ephesians 5: 8-19 We have probably all had moments in our lives when we couldn’t see very well.  Maybe the power went out at night at home, our eyes took a while to adjust after walking out of movie theater, we lost our glasses, or we were headed east or west at just the right time to be blinded by the light of the sun.   Unfortunately, we have…

The Rich Young Ruler and the Nativity Fast: Homily for the 13th Sunday of Luke in the Orthodox Church

St. Luke 18: 18-27 Epistle to the Galatians 3:23-4:5                 In order for me to remember to do much of anything, I usually have to write it down on a list.  If it’s not on the list, it usually doesn’t get done, and some tasks remain on the list for a very long time before I finally get around to them.  Maybe some of you are like that also.              The…

Following the Theotokos into the Peace of Christ: Homily on the First Sunday of Advent in the Orthodox Church

Luke 12: 16-21 Ephesians 2:14-22          If we look around the world today, we see so much violence, hatred, and suffering.  Nations and peoples insist on their own way and often refuse to forgive past wrongs or to work together toward a peaceful future.  And the same is all too true of us in how we look at our own society, as well as our families, friendships, and other daily interactions with people.…

The Good Samaritan and Advent: Homily for the 23rd Sunday After Pentecost in the Orthodox Church

Gospel According to Luke 10: 25-37                        I have a warning for you:  Christmas is now only forty-four days away.  And for most of us that means shopping, planning, travel, decorating, parties, and the busiest and most stressful time of the year.  Unfortunately, most of our activities over the next six weeks will have little to do with the true meaning of Christmas: …