St. Gregory Palamas and the Healing of our Paralysis: Homily for the Second Sunday of Great Lent in the Orthodox Church

Hebrews 1:10-2:3 Mark 2:1-12             Think for a moment how you would feel if you went to the doctor with a serious health problem and were simply told medical facts about yourcondition and that you were an interesting case.  You would probably not be happy at all because you go to a physician to be healed, not simply to learn truths that in and of themselves do…

Become a Living Icon: Homily for the Sunday of Orthodoxy

Hebrews 11:24-26, 32-40 St. John 1: 44-52             At the end of Liturgy today, we will parade around the church carrying our icons in celebration of the Sunday of Orthodoxy, which commemorates the restoration of icons to the church after the period of iconoclasm many centuries ago.  We do so because Icons are not mere works of decorative art to us; they are windows to heaven which remind us that the Son of…

“Where Your Treasure Is, There Will Your Heart Be Also”: Homily for Forgiveness Sunday in the Orthodox Church

       Romans 13:11-14:4  Matthew 6:14-21              If all of your money is in a certain bank or investment, you will be very concerned about that bank or investment.  Your treasure is there, and your heart will follow.  If you invest your time, energy, and effort in any relationship or any activity, you will value it highly.  You give your life to it, and your heart…

Serving Christ in the Poor: Homily for the Sunday of the Last Judgment (Meat Fare Sunday) in the Orthodox Church

1 Corinthians 8:9-9:2 St. Matthew 25:31-46               I would like for us all to think for a moment about what actions on our part could separate us from God.   We probably think of something really dramatic, like denying our faith, worshipping a false god, or committing murder or another flamboyant sin–probably one that we’re not likely to commit.             On this Sunday of the Last Judgment,…

Homily for the Sunday of the Prodigal Son in the Orthodox Church

1 Corinthians 6: 12-20 St. Luke 15: 11-32                             Today is known in the church as the Sunday of the Prodigal Son.  Now just two weeks from the beginning of Great Lent, we are reminded today of who we are: beloved children of God who need to come to our senses and return to our loving, forgiving Father.  No…