3rd Sunday of Lent – Orthodox Homily on Taking Up The Cross

Our Lord Jesus Christ says to us today, “Whosoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” And yet, the very idea of denying ourselves anything, sounds foreign to us. But here is Christ’s call standing before us, confronting us. The death of Jesus of Nazareth […]

1st Sunday of Lent – Orthodox Homily on Veneration of Icons

Today is the Sunday of Orthodoxy. On this First Sunday of Lent in 842 A.D. the iconodules—our “right believing” forefathers who upheld the fullness of the Apostolic Faith entrusted to them by Christ, celebrated their victory over the heretical beliefs of the iconoclasts, the “icon-smashers,” who had persecuted the Orthodox for keeping that “faith once […]

35th Sunday After Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on Judgement

Today is the Sunday of the Last Judgment. Many in today’s world avoid discussing topics like Judgment, sin, hell. The erroneous thought is that God, being a “God of love,” would never condemn anyone to eternal damnation. Many consider the very idea of judgment a great stumbling block to the Christian faith and likewise, the […]

34th Sunday After Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on the Prodigal Son Parable

The holy prophet Amos prophesied, “’Behold, the days are coming,’ says the Lord GOD, ‘that I will send a famine on the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD” (Amos 8:11). We live in an age when this prophecy could equally apply to […]

33rd Sunday After Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on the Publican and the Pharisee

The Triodion, the three weeks before Great Lent, begins today with the Sunday of the Parable of the Publican and Pharisee. This is the time of preparation God affords us to get our spiritual house ready to make the most of the holy season we’re about to enter with Christ. We start thinking now about […]

32nd Sunday After Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on Zeal for God

Zaccheaus was a tax collector, a sinner. In our Lord’s day, the tax collectors weren’t only responsible for collecting the taxes due to Caesar but were also notorious extortionists, demanding from those who could not afford it more than was due in order to pocket some for themselves. Zaccheaus was such a man—notorious, ill liked, […]

31st Sunday After Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on Faith

Faith is one of those things that the modern rational mind has such a hard time contemplating. In a society where humanists believe that the scientific method is the end all and be all of what we can ‘know’, of what is ‘true’, faith seems almost quaint, if not irrelevant to many who prefer the […]

30th Sunday After Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on The Rich Man

The rich young 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.’ In the eyes of many, he would be considered a good, […]

29th Sunday After Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on Theophany

The Theophany of God the Holy Trinity, this explicit revelation and manifestation of God as the unity in essence He is—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—is revealed to the world that God created and proclaimed by His Word to be “very good”, but which had fallen into sin and despair. Our human nature is renewed by […]

28th Sunday After Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on New Years

Today is both a day of preparation as it is a day of decision. In earthly terms, a new year has dawned on us. We’ve entered into a new time, filled with new decisions, new joys, new trials, and new opportunities. We’re also on the threshold of the Great Feast of Christ’s baptism and our […]