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 […]

1st Sunday of Pascha – Orthodox Homily on “Doubting Thomas”

This is Thomas Sunday throughout the Orthodox Church in the world. It is the Second Sunday of Pascha and the first lesson that the resurrected Christ would give us through His holy Church is that of the example of Thomas. Such an example may seem strange at first. After all, in the West, Thomas is […]

Palm Sunday 2018 – Orthodox Homily on Christ’s Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem

Christ raises Lazarus from the grave after he has been dead four days. His full power as God Incarnate, the Word of God, is revealed. He is hailed as the long-awaited Messiah as He triumphantly, yet humbly, enters Jerusalem. The children and those of ‘child-like’ faith laid down palms and garments, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed […]

4th Sunday of Lent – Orthodox Homily on Helping Unbelief

We hear in the Holy Gospel of St. Mark today, “Then one of the crowd answered and said, “Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit. And wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, […]

2nd Sunday of Lent – Orthodox Homily on Lent

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.” Let’s face it, the very idea of denying ourselves anything sounds foreign to us as Americans. Yet here is Christ’s call standing before us. The death of Jesus of […]

1st Sunday of Lent – Orthodox Homily on Icons

Today is the Sunday of the Triumph 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 […]

Sunday of Forgiveness – Orthodox Homily on Whats it Means to Forgive

Having arrived at this ‘door’ of repentance, the Sunday of Adam and Eve’s Expulsion from Paradise but also of God’s forgiveness of their and our sins, Christ invites, beseeches us, to enter the Fast for our soul’s sake so that we may make a new beginning, one marked by a renewed and more earnest effort […]

3rd Sunday of Triodion – Orthodox Homily on Last 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 even if they have rejected and blasphemed Him, lived a life apart from Him, and persecuted the Church […]