Christ tells us in today’s Gospel, “I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” (Mark 10:11-16) We are called to be imitators of Christ. Jesus entered into our fallen condition as a child. We are to enter[…} Read more….
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“Blessed is the one who has perceived That the Lord, in his love, bent down And as a servant, clothed Himself with His servant.” – St. Ephrem the Syrian Today as the disciples were walking along the road, they got into a fight about who was to be the greatest.[…} Read more….
Today “the Pharisees came and began to question Jesus. To test Him they asked Him for a sign from heaven” (Mark 8:11). God in the flesh was standing right in front of them, but they didn’t want Jesus. They wanted something inconsequential, a sign (like a circus trick, some type of[…} Read more….
Prophet Habakkuk, whom we remember today December 2nd, complains to God saying, “How long, O Lord, must I call for help but You do not listen? Or cry out to You, “Violence” but You do not save?…Why are You silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves?”[…} Read more….
Today and tomorrow’s readings are about the kingdom of God and the Last Day (Luke 17:20-37). Friday’s reading (Luke 19:12-28) is about the judgment. Why are we reading about Christ’s second coming during the Nativity season? The Kingdom of God is revealed to us by the King Who came first[…} Read more….
The Theotokos is brought to God in a beautiful procession with lighted candles, singing and dancing and joy to the King of kings into the Holy of Holies! How do we approach God in prayer? When David brought the ark (a type of the Theotokos) into Jerusalem, he did it naked, leaping[…} Read more….
Today is the feast of St. Matthew and so the reading is from Matthew chapter 9. 9 As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. 10 And as he sat[…} Read more….
In today’s Gospel reading, Mark 8:30-34, Jesus tells the disciples that He “must suffer many things, be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, the scribes, then be killed, and after three days rise again.” We are in the midst of the Nativity season! Why does the Church have us[…} Read more….
Today on our church calendar we remember the prophet Haggai. The two short chapters of Haggai in the Old Testament are very direct. The Lord’s house was in ruins while the people lived in decorated houses (1:4). The people said it wasn’t the right time to be attentive to spiritual[…} Read more….
In a few days, God will come in the flesh and there will be no room for Him in the inn. The inn is a very loud and busy place. It’s filled with people who have places to go, things to do, presents to buy, food to cook– it’s full,[…} Read more….
“Blessed is the man who puts his trust in the Lord.” – Psalm 40:4 St. Philaret was a wealthy man who, after years of being very generous with anyone who asked, intentionally became poor in material goods. One by one, Philaret gave almost everything away. Is it crazy[…} Read more….