Walking on the Water: Orthodox Homily for the Ninth Sunday After Pentecost

  I Corinthians 3:9-17 Matthew 14:22-34   Our family visited the Grand Canyon a few years ago.  It is magnificent and awe-inspiring,  but  when hiking a trail or standing on an overlook, I recall that you have to pay careful attention because you are often just a few feet away from a very steep drop off.   Unfortunately, people have fallen to their deaths in the canyon simply because they didn’t pay attention…

Fast Food or Fasting?: Holy Eating and Drinking Instead of Self-Centered Indulgence

  Have you ever noticed that food is often at the center of controversies?  Whether it’s eating meat sacrificed to idols in Corinth, figuring out how early Christians from Jewish and Gentile backgrounds could eat together, or even responding to the current hubbub about a chicken chain, what we put in our mouths and stomachs can easily involve us in disputes.  Leaving those celebrated cases aside, our diets and eating habits have…

St. Timon Sunday: Homily for the Eighth Sunday After Pentecost in the Orthodox Church

  1 Corinthians 1:10-18 St. Matthew 14:14-22 http://www.antiochian.org/hauran  St. Luke Orthodox Church, Abilene, TX              We sometimes get so caught up with our own schedules and problems we forget who we are, where we came from, and how closely we are connected spiritually even to people whom we have never met.  Today is “St. Timon Sunday Day” in our Diocese, when we remember Timon, one of the…

St. Mary Magdalene and the Shooting in Aurora, Colorado: Homily for the 7th Sunday After Pentecost in the Orthodox Church

  St. Matthew 9: 27-35 Epistle to the Romans 15: 1-7 There are times when terrible tragedies occur that no one can explain or make sense of.  The shooting in the movie theater in Colorado is one of those senseless, unbelievably bad events.  Though far removed from us geographically, the graphic reports of this crime have surely impacted us all.  They remind us that we do not have the luxury of living…

Eastern Orthodoxy and Environmental Stewardship

  Many Orthodox Christians would  be surprised to learn that their faith calls them to be good stewards of the environment.   We are used to worrying about dishonesty, anger, and adultery, but when we think about the life in Christ, we rarely think of conserving energy, recycling, and composting–or of viewing the world as an icon.   Perhaps that is because we imagine that worship is only about what we do in the…