Why Ask Why – Zacchaeus Sunday – Homily

Because when you forget your “why” you lose your way! When you lose the central truth of anything, the chances of that truth staying with you in a meaningful way reduce to zero! The Orthodox Faith touches every aspect of our everyday lives and attacks the basic weakness and spiritual sickness of self-centeredness. As we approach Great Lent and confront dear Zacchaeus, we are confronted with the consequences of desiring Jesus above…

Don’t Become Prey – Happy New Year!

The answer to the Choas of life, personally and societally, is an Incarnate Christ rather than an opposing philosophy and theology. Centering my thinking, my choices, and my mindset on the Mystery of Jesus Christ. The Enfleshing of God heals the divide between the physical and the spiritual. And in so doing, Jesus offers us the medicine that truly heals our broken lives.  

Sunday Homily – You Are Invited to Commune

Where does our desire, across all cultures, to prepare food and celebrate with family and friends? Why does every culture have focused etiquette about formal dinners and responding to invitations? We are hard-wired to be in community. And this flows from the fact that God created us and now invites us to return to serious and joyful communion with God. What will your answer be?

Created To Be A Copycat! Sunday Homily

The hunger hardwired into each of us for community or intimacy AND the opposite fear of intimacy are at the root of our internal and even external conflicts in our lives. Until we understand how to tame our desires and our natural tendency to mimic others is solved in our following Christ, we will continue to be in turmoil. The evil one wants to “disintegrate” our lives and our societies. The Lord…

Be Humble! Pay Attention! Sunday’s Homily

The temptation to try to weasel out of true compassion and true Christ-like living is so very common in our lives. We always run the risk of having our souls atrophy into hard-hearted souls. The only remedy for this spiritual sickness is the twin medicines of humility and attentiveness.

How Do You Make Decisions?

St. Paul tells the Galatians the truth about being a serious follower of Jesus Christ. In doing this, St. Paul reveals the wisdom of the Faith to form us and shape us in how we choose to live. The truth is we all make choices, both big and small. But if we never examine ourselves and how we choose to live. What is the foundational wisdom you use to make decisions? Is…

Make Holiness Perfect in the Fear of God – Sunday Homily

St. Paul tells us that we are called to “make holiness perfect in the fear of God.” If I am going to be a good steward of the treasure of the Faith given to me, I am going to have to develop a sense of holiness. How are we to be holy and make holiness “perfect” in the fear of God? This ability to be holy starts by knowing what holiness truly…

What Is Your Spiritual Credit Score? – Sunday Homily

What “credit” is it to you to do what everybody else does? The confrontation with this head-on honest truth taught by Christ is essential if you or I will be free from having our possessions possess us. This spiritual formation of your character touches you even at that place where your possessions cross your claim to being Christian. At the heart of all our addictions and fears is this place in our…

The Cross as Cure For Spiritual Illness

The wonderful reality is that the parallel between physical health and spiritual health is very significant. If exercise is good to make you physically healthy then spiritual exercise is absolutely necessary for your spiritual health. If what you eat affects your physical health then what you spiritually consume affects your spiritual health. It turns out the wonderful reality of spiritual health is all about being willing to hear the Good News that…