11th Sunday of Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on Forgiveness

When the Lord responded to the Disciples’ question, asking how they should pray, He responded with the Lord’s Prayer and the indelible words of the petition, “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” These key words of the prayer pervade the entirety of the Christian life. True forgiveness is a […]

Homily on the Great Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos

We are gathered here today in the presence of the Lord and His Saints to “keep the Feast” of the „falling asleep,” or, Dormition, of Mary the Theotokos, or, „Birth-Giver” of God. Mary is acclaimed in the Church as „more honorable than the cherubim and more glorious beyond compare than the seraphim.” And yet, this […]

9th Sunday of Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on the Great Feast of the Transfiguration

This is a day of great joy but also one of great awe as we celebrate Christ’s transfiguration on Mount Tabor. By „transfiguration” we understand that Christ’s divine glory—that of His holy divine essence—was revealed to His foremost disciples Peter, James, and John. In the words of the Troparion of the Feast, they beheld God’s […]

8th Sunday of Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on Secular Society and our Identity in Christ

Secular Society and Division in the Body of Christ? Increasingly we see that our society is polarized, that there are many things that divide us today on moral and political grounds. Sadly, this is true even in the Church, where other sources of our identity, be they political, ethnic, or other, divide us from one […]

7th Sunday of Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on Healing of the Two Blind Men

We witness in the Gospel today the healing of two blind men, and through this life-changing encounter Christ’s power as God is fully revealed. Responding to their plea for mercy, the God of mercy, the Messiah, Jesus Christ, receives the two blind men into His holy presence and heals them. But the Lord doesn’t perform […]

2nd Sunday of Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on Evangelism in America

In today’s Gospel, Christ calls the two sons of Zebedee, Peter and Andrew. Immediately, they leave their nets and follow Christ. You can almost see their willing heart to sacrifice everything to follow Christ, to serve Him, to become the “fishers of men” that Christ has called them to be. Their response is astonishing, childlike […]

1st Sunday of Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on the Reality of Sainthood

This Sunday of All Saints confronts us with this radical truth and challenge: God created us to be Saints, “haggioi,” in the Greek, i.e., ‘holy ones.’ St. David says of mankind, “For Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, And Thou hast crowned him with glory and honor” (Ps. 8:5). Likewise, St. […]

Orthodox Homily on Pentecost

This is a day of great rejoicing: All that Christ imparted to us through His saving Incarnation, defeat of sin and death on the cross, resurrection, and glorious ascension, has its fulfillment and culmination on this day: the disciples, formally confused and fearful, who cowered in the upper room for fear of their fellow Jews, […]

Orthodox Homily on First Ecumenical Council

Today we remember the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council of 325 A.D. The Church brings into remembrance those faithful Fathers who defended the Apostolic Faith in the face of the greatest challenges to the truth of Christ. We remember so that we may be vigilant in our own day and in our own lives […]

4th Sunday of Pascha – Orthodox Homily on Healing

This Sunday of the healing of the Paralytic, we focus on what our Faith teaches us about healing, which is always miraculous by whatever means God brings it. Healing is, in a very great sense, a sign, a manifestation, of the Kingdom of God, toward us. Sickness and death are the norm in this world: […]