Homily for the Sunday of the Canaanite Woman in the Orthodox Church

            Gospel According to St. Matthew 15: 21-18                We have all had the experience of being ignored, left out, and made to feel that we weren’t included or recognized by others.  Whether at school, among friends, at work or wherever, that can be painful, no matter what our age or life circumstances.  No one likes to be rejected or overlooked.   But…

Good Stewardship and Abundant Life: Orthodox Homily on Investing our Lives in the Kingdom of God

2 Timothy 2:1-10 Matthew 25:14-30                    Today’s gospel text describes what three servants did with the talents, the large sums of money, entrusted to them by their master when he went away on a long journey. The one given five talents invested wisely and produced five more.  The one given two talents did the same and earned two more.  They both doubled their money…

Orthodox Christian Homily on the Greatest Commandments: Love of God and Neighbor

The Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew 22:35-46             If you’re like me, you sometimes lose perspective on what is most important in life.  We get so busy, so distracted, and so worried about what is going on around us at the moment at home, at work, or wherever that we sometimes lose sight of the big picture, and instead focus on small things that aren’t really crucial.  So we end up…

Homily for the Translation of the Relics of St. John Chrysostom

                     On all but a few Sundays of the year, we celebrate the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom.  This coming Wednesday, we will celebrate his memory as one of the Three Holy Hierarchs together with Sts. Basil the Great and Gregory the Theologian.  And today we remember the return of his relics to Constantinople in 438, thirty years after his death in exile due to his prophetic…

The Healing of the Samaritan Leper: Homily for the 12th Sunday of Luke in the Orthodox Church

                         The gospels of the New Testament give us many accounts of Jesus Christ doing and saying things that shocked and challenged people who thought that they were better than others, who thought that they were holy and blessed and that others were evil and condemned. And today’s gospel reading is no exception. We read that the Lord healed ten lepers,…