The Meaning of a Name: Zacchaeus Sunday

Zacchaeus Sunday, 2016. Luke 19:1-10 There are preparatory Sundays before the beginning of Great Lent, and those begin next week with the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee. The next preparatory Sunday will be the Sunday of the Prodigal Son. Then comes the Sunday of Meatfare, which is also the Sunday of the Last … [Read more…]

Parable of the Talents and the Fear of Grace

Matthew 25:14-30 I’d like us to consider today’s Gospel reading as it regards the grace of God. Let us remember that the grace of God is the uncreated energies of God. His grace is His active presence, power, and activity in the world, and this deifying grace is given to all according to our ability … [Read more…]

The Rich Fool

Luke 12:16-21 Given to us today is the lesson of the rich fool. Like so many other things in the Gospel, this one seems to slip beneath our notice until the Church calls us to read it, and it smacks us right in the face.  No one among us should be comfortable hearing the words … [Read more…]

Fishers of Men

Today, in the Gospel lesson, Christ tells Peter, “Do not be afraid; henceforth you will be catching men.” What does this mean? Are we, as the Church, still to be fishers of men? And if so, what does this look like in a world that is increasingly intolerant of the Christian faith? Well, first we … [Read more…]

Who Is Jesus?

Homily given September 19th, 2015 The first and only question of theology is asked today by Christ: Who do people say that I am? It is a question that the world asks us today. Who is Jesus? Is He a socio-political figure? Is He a teacher? A philosopher? A revolutionary? A savior? A prophet? A … [Read more…]

Called to the Marriage Feast

I know it must come as a terrible shock to all of you that when we were considering going to seminary I was a bit of an insufferable know-it-all. It probably can’t even be said, completely truthfully, that what we did was “consider.” I am fairly certain I didn’t stop to consider anything. I know … [Read more…]

It All Begins With a Tree

Homily delivered on August 9th, 2015. It all begins and ends with a Tree, and the fruit thereof. This may seem to us at first to have very little to do with the Gospel, but let me take us somewhere for just a few moments. The image, or icon if-you-will, of the tree occurs in … [Read more…]

A New Day: On Baptism

Good people, today we celebrate the becoming of a new human person. We do not simply celebrate a ritual, a public profession of faith, but rather the regeneration of a life. It is an existential event which can be described as a new mode of existence. Through the voluntary death, and burial in the life-giving … [Read more…]

Faithfulness and Demoniacs

I am reminded again and again of the words of Abba Ischyrion in the Sayings of the Desert Fathers. The holy Fathers were making predictions about the last generation. They said ‘What have we ourselves done?’ One of them, the great Abba Ischyrion replied, ‘We ourselves have fulfilled the commandments of God.’ The others replied, … [Read more…]