7th Sunday after Pentecost – Orthodox Homily Accepting God’s Healing

We witness in the Gospel today the healing of two blind men, and through this life-changing encounter Christ’s power as God 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 this […]

6th Sunday of Pentecost – Orthodox Homily Healing of Soul and Body

A beautiful miracle has taken place: through the living Word, Jesus Christ, we see a paralyzed man who cannot walk on his own, healed of his paralysis. Christ God, as the Logos (Word) of God, through whom all things were made, whose very image and likeness is imprinted on the souls of every human being, […]

5th Sunday of Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on Spiritual Warfare

Today we’re confronted with St. Matthew’s account of the Gergesene demoniacs. I say, “confronted,” because it’s very rare that we even hear anymore that there is such a thing as demonic possession. This is ironic because there are so many examples in our world today of diabolic violence and murder, of the defaming of the […]

4th Sunday of Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on St. John the Baptist

Today, we celebrate the nativity of St. John the Forerunner, born miraculously to the barren Elizabeth and the righteous Zechariah, as we hear in today’s Gospel. The prophets foretold his coming before the Messiah (the Christ) to prepare the people to receive salvation. Isaiah wrote that he would be: “the voice of one crying in […]

3rd Sunday of Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on Not Serving Two Masters

One of the biggest challenges we face as Christians today is becoming complacent or comfortable with our passions and sins, justifying or explaining them away as ‘necessary,’ logical, or ‘no big deal.’ What is behind such complacency varies: laziness, fear, lack of faith or lack of hope that God can change us for the better […]

2nd Sunday of Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on Spreading the Gospel

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 and become the “fishers of men” that Christ has called them—and us—to be. Their response is astonishing, childlike in its innocence, […]

1st Sunday of Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on Sainthood

This Sunday of All Saints confronts us with this radical truth, which is also a challenge: God created us to be Saints, “haggioi,” in the Greek, that is, ‘holy ones.’ St. David confirms this truth when he writes in Psalm 8, “For Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, And Thou hast […]

5th Sunday of Pascha – Orthodox Homily on the Blind Man

On this last Sunday of Pascha, we’re presented with two miracles in today’s Epistle and Gospel: The Apostles heal a woman with an unclean spirit in Christ’s name and Christ God heals a man born blind who suffers for his witness to the truth of Christ. Both are great miracles. Both affirm the interjection of […]

4th Sunday of Pascha – Orthodox Homily on Being a Light

Many people today speak about using “self-help”, or say they are ‘spiritual,’ not ‘religious.’ Often, what they really want is something to legitimize their own thinking, whatever they’ve cobbled together into some kind of self-styled ‘religion’ even if they’d be horrified to call it that. Even atheism itself is a form of religion and often […]

2nd Sunday of Pascha – Orthodox Homily on the Witness of the Myrrh-Bearing Women

Every age has certainly had its challenges when it comes to following God and the truth He’s revealed. Today’s culture with its dominant secular ‘religion’ of humanism is no different. Increasingly, our Orthodox beliefs are coming under assault, religious liberties and freedom of expression, are being challenged. This Sunday of the Myrrh-bearing woman would have […]