On Orthodox Palm Sunday, we live in a modern society that offers us the stark contrast between a pure materialism leading to the emptiness of hopelessness or the timeless wisdom of a hope in Christ that leads us to His light!
In a world where our priorities are so disjointed that we find ourselves investing the best of our lives in temporary things while eternal things go without, we have to confront with honesty and repentance the challenge of authentic Christian Stewardship.
Jesus tells the story of the Vineyard Owner and his problems with the workers he's hired to take care of his vineyard. Why do you think these wicked servants thought they could get away with this behavior?
The current delusion of our day is that life should be free of suffering or struggle. But that lie is actually leaving people in a perpentual adolescence that is destroying lives. The Faith offers us another path where we expect struggle and have Joy THROUGH it!
On this leavetaking of the Feast of the Transfiguration, Jesus heals a boy His disciples could not heal. It is amazing how He refers to the people of His day as "a wicked and perverse generation." Jesus could be describing our own day as well.
On this 5th Sunday of Matthew, St. Paul tells the Roman Church that if anyone is going to be saved we have to confess with our lips that Jesus is Lord AND believe in our hearts that God raised Him from the dead!