2nd Sunday of Pascha – Orthodox Homily on Belief

“Seeing is believing,” as the popular adage goes. The idea is that only so-called evidence that convinces the material senses is sufficient for belief. Such an assertion goes to the heart of our modern struggle with faith. Thomas Aquinas, writing in the thirteenth century, felt compelled to argue the case for a scientific explanation for […]

Palm Sunday – Orthodox Homily on Christ’s Entrance in Jerusalem

As Christ triumphantly, yet humbly, entered Jerusalem, the children and those of ‘child-like’ faith laid down palms and garments, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” Others and those without faith, not believing the prophets, saw in Jesus only a political figure, an enemy to their man-made religion, […]

5th Sunday of Lent – Orthodox Homily on Life of St. Mary of Egypt

Mary of Egypt, whose Sunday we celebrate today, valued all the temporal ‘attractions,’ the way of the world and the lusts of the flesh more than all else. Running away from home at 12, she made herself a harlot. For seventeen years, she was self-abused—she didn’t see the image of God in herself or in […]

4th Sunday of Lent – Orthodox Homily on Beseeching God

“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, that they should cast it out, but they could not.” […]

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, […]