Confessing In Christ

Sermon delivered at St Maria of Paris Orthodox Church The Gospel text for the feast is taken from the Gospel of Matthew (Matthew 10:32-33, 37-38, 19:27-30)

Doubt in the Modern World

Antipascha: St Thomas Sunday 2016 Doubt is a prominent feature of our society. We like to delude ourselves by promulgating the notion that we follow the evidence wherever it leads, which means that if there is an abundance of evidence—evidence that is comfortable for us to accept, mind—or a compelling argument then we are justified … [Read more…]

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…]