27th Sunday of Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on the Healed Lepers

As we just heard in today’s Gospel, ten lepers appeal to Christ God for healing that He alone can give. While all ten are healed, only one returns to Christ, prostrating himself before Him who gives life to all people, and thanking Him for the healing he’s received. You and I have been given healing […]

26th Sunday of Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on the Rich Young Ruler

The ruler in today’s Gospel has kept the major commandments of God. In the eyes of the world, this is a ‘good,’ upstanding man. He’s got all these things checked off his list; he’s not outwardly committed any of the ‘big sins.’ He comes to Jesus to be reaffirmed in his own thinking, his self-reliance, […]

25th Sunday of Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on Advent

One of the most beautiful and favorite classical music of Western Advent, this holy season of preparation for God’s Incarnation that we call the Nativity Fast, is Bach’s popular cantata “Sleepers awake!” The title refers to a common theme of the Scriptures and the Orthodox Faith, that of readiness to meet the Lord when He […]

24th Sunday of Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on Being Rich to God

The rich man in today’s Gospel puts his trust in his financial well-being, on creating for himself the illusion of ‘security,’ thinking, that if he just can hide away enough surplus, well, then nothing of this world will be able to touch him. He says, I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many […]

23rd Sunday of Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on the Good Samaritan

The Nativity Fast begins Wednesday, a time of preparation to ready ourselves for the Feast of Christ’s holy Incarnation, growing us stronger in our faith, readying us to welcome the new-born King of Kings as we apply His Gospel to our daily lives. As we begin that journey, we’re presented this day with the parable […]

21st Sunday of Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on the Gadarene Demoniac

Christ’s last commandments to His Disciples, the Holy Apostles, before His Ascension was “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit…” (Matt. 28:19-20). The Apostles and their descendants have carried out this holy mission since that time, […]

20th Sunday of Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus

There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate…Today’s Gospel is sobering: We see one man who suffered want in this life, saved, and another man, who had […]

19th Sunday of Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on the Parable of the Sower

“A sower went out to sow his seed…” Christ’s parable today challenges us to consider how we receive and act upon His Gospel of life. He compares us to the seeds sown here in this parable—”some fell on the wayside, some on the rock, some among the thorns, and some on the good soil. So, […]

18th Sunday of Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on Sowing Bountifully

We’re presented today with this elemental truth of the Gospel— “he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly.” We’re called today to consider our attitude toward giving of ourselves, our abilities, our resources, to consider how much we give back to God from that which He’s so generously blessed us. St. Paul challenges us in […]

17th Sunday of Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on Loving Your Enemies

Today we’re challenged by Christ to “love our enemies” and to “lend without hoping to receive anything in return.” But before we can begin to understand the “how” of such commands that are so contrary to the way our world works today—the way we’re all trained to think in the world, the way our sinful […]