16th Sunday after Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on the Witness of St. Innocent

Today we commemorate the Feast of St. Innocent, Enlightener of North America, the first bishop in this land, a lover of the native American peoples of Alaska, planter of the True Faith on these shores, and example to us in our own day of the courage that comes from a life lived for the glory […]

15th Sunday after Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on What Is Agape Love?

Today we’re challenged by Christ to “love our enemies” and to “lend without hoping to receive anything in return.”  But before we can begin to understand the “how” of such commands that are so contrary to the way our world works today—the way we’re all trained to think in the world, the way our sinful impulses […]

14th Sunday after Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on the Great Commission

We see today another miracle of our Lord that bears particularly and personally on our faith and on our Mission church.  Christ once again reveals Himself as God incarnate in this calling of His foremost disciples: Peter, James, and John to become “fishers of men.”  It’s noteworthy that Christ doesn’t call them in the Synagogue but on […]

13th Sunday after Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on What The Cross Means To Us

The cross of Christ, the Lord’s triumphant and life-giving death on the cross whereby He destroys death, is so important for us to understand as Orthodox Christians, that the Church gives special significance and specific Scripture readings for both the weekend before the Feast and the one that follows.  This Sunday after the Exaltation, the Church […]

12th Sunday after Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on the Nativity of the Theotokos

Today we joyfully keep the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos. Joachim and Ana, the parents of Mary the Birthgiver of God, were of the royal house of David, lived holy and God-fearing lives. The hymnody for the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos invites us to consider the manner in which God […]

11th Sunday after Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on Forgiveness in the New Church Year

Blessed New Year! The new Church year begins today, September 1.  We remember with thanksgiving the multiple ways God has made Himself present to us in the past year and we look forward to growth in our Faith in the new year before us. With the advent of the new Church year and the first Feast of the […]

10th Sunday after Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on What to Render to the Lord

In Psalm 116, King David asks, “What shall I render to the Lord, for all His bounty to me?”  His response is:  “I will lift up the cup of salvation, and call on the Name of the Lord.”  As we Consider all the gifts that God has given us even before we were formed: the world that […]

8th Sunday after Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on Division in the Body of Christ

St. Paul laments in today’s Epistle, “For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe’s household, that there are contentions among you.”  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 […]

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

We witness in the Gospel today the healing of two blind men, as well as that of a man demon-possessed and mute.  Through these life-changing encounters Christ’s power as God is fully revealed.  Responding to the blindmen’s plea for mercy, the God of mercy, the Messiah, Jesus Christ, receives them into His holy presence and heals them.  But […]

6th Sunday after Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on Healing

A beautiful miracle has taken place in today’s Gospel: we see a paralyzed man who cannot walk on his own, healed of his paralysis.  Christ God, 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, knew thisman and loved thisman with a […]