3rd Sunday after Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on Battling Complacency

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: a form of pride, a fear of changing or conforming oneself to Christ and the Church, lack of […]

2nd Sunday after Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on the Saints of North America

In today’s Gospel for the Sunday of the Saints of North America and the Holy Apostles, Christ calls His first disciples: the two sons of Zebedee, Andrew and then, his brother Peter.  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 […]

1st Sunday after Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on the 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 crowned him with glory and […]

Sunday of Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on the Holy Spirit

Today, Pentecost, the Feast of the Holy Trinity, 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 of illumination and empowerment by the descent of the Holy Spirit. The […]

7th Sunday of Pascha – Orthodox Homily on the Church

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

6th Sunday of Pascha – Orthodox Homily on Miracles

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, of this great miracle Christ God works for him.  Both […]

5th Sunday of Pascha – Orthodox Homily on St. Photini

Today is the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman who meets Christ God at the well of Jacob and whose life is changed by this encounter with the Author of Life, the Living Water. She’s lost, confused—just like so many people today.  She’s been ‘going it on her own’: she’s had five husbands and the man she […]

2nd Sunday of Lent – Orthodox Homily on the Growing Your Spiritual Life

We’ve all heard the expression, “carpe diem(seize the day).”   We feel good about ourselves when we get that project accomplished, get those tasks and errands done that we’ve been putting off—they’re sometimes drudgery to do them, but we feel good for having gotten them done.  If you think about it, though, these ‘accomplishments’ often don’t reach beyond […]

40th Sunday after Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on Forgiveness

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 […]

38th Sunday after Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on the Parable of the Prodigal Son

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 us as a people.  We live in a […]