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St. Thomas the Apostle

4/16/2018
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Fr Gabriel offers a slightly different look at St Thomas the Apostle. (John 20:19ff)

Duration:00:08:24

Rejoice!

4/2/2018
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Paul's letter to the Philippians may be dated near the end of his ministry and life when he was imprisoned at Rome. Despite this, the theme of the entire letter is joy; in this passage Paul enjoins us to follow the pathway he has shown. Listen to his advice on finding peace in a world marked by suffering, pain, war and death. (Philippians 4:4-9)

Duration:00:13:11

The Servant Leadership of Christ

3/27/2018
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Fr Gabriel sees this passage as the clearest statement of the meaning of Messiah for Jesus himself. The heart of the message is that the Kingdom of God is an upside-down kingdom in which the servant is the Lord, and the only Lord worthy of the name is the servant. This is the heart of Christ's servant-leadership. (Mark 10:32-45)

Duration:00:08:18

Sunday of St. John of the Ladder

3/20/2018
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Deacon Ted Brinegar explores and explains the Gospel for the day in connection with the Ladder of Divine Ascent, St John of Climacus' classic text.

Duration:00:20:39

The Centrality of the Cross

3/13/2018
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Fr Gabriel offers insights into the meaning, significance and centrality of the cross to our faith. Basic material here for your contemplation.

Duration:00:07:40

Sunday of Orthodoxy

2/28/2018
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Fr Gabriel invites us to look at icons this day from two different perspectives. Listen in.

Duration:00:09:23

Are We Really Accountable?

2/16/2018
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The parable of the last judgment which is our threshold to Lent is the harshest in the New Testament. Beyond the imagery, however, he main point is that we are responsible for our behavior in this world. What stands in the way, most often, is our own focus on self. Listen as Fr. Gabriel Rochelle contemplates this parable from that angle of vision. (Matthew 25)

Duration:00:10:44

The Word of God

2/14/2018
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In a developing series on passages from the Psalms, Fr Gabriel Rochelle focuses on a portion of the longest Psalm in the book. We consider what it means that God's word is sweet, like honey to the taste; and secondly, what it means to consider God's word a lamp for your feet and a light on your path. (Psalm 119:103ff)

Duration:00:07:00

The Prodigal Son

2/8/2018
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The Parable of the Prodigal Son could be called many other things. It is a deep source of contemplation and teaching about the faith. This year Fr Gabriel focuses on the older brother in the parable and asks how we might be like him. (Luke 15:11-32)

Duration:00:10:02

Waiting: A Threshold to Prayer

2/6/2018
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A meditation on silence and waiting awaits listeners. Fr Gabriel offers five interpretations of what it means to wait in silence for God. (Psalm 62)

Duration:00:10:06

Persecution and the Scriptures

1/30/2018
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Persecution is the backdrop for the earnest encouragement and advice given to our young priest Timothy in this week's Epistle lesson. In particular there are lessons for all of us about the cumulative benefit of studying scripture over a long period of time. (II Timothy 3:10-15)

Duration:00:08:54

The Transformation of Zacchaeus

1/25/2018
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Fr. Gabriel Rochelle teaches that the Zacchaeus' story is a great demonstration of the truth that being Christian is not about being good. Zacchaeus' ethic is above reproach, but this shows us that ethics is not what the faith is about. It is about having Christ come into your life, into your heart, and transform you from within, to renew your nature. As St Cyril of Alexandria pointed out, Zacchaeus' small stature is spiritual, not merely physical. He needs to be enlarged by Christ in the...

Duration:00:10:43

Setting an Example

1/22/2018
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Fr Gabriel Rochelle considers carefully the words enjoined to the young priest Timothy in this passage: to set an example for believers, in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity. These apply, ultimately to all of us in our dealings with one another. (I Timothy 4:9-15)

Duration:00:09:47

Healing of the Blind Man and the Triumphal Entry

1/18/2018
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Luke's story of the healing of the blind man comes at the conclusion of the long travel documentary, with many parables and teachings, that began at the 9th chapter. We move close to the next phase in the story, which is passion week beginning with the Triumphal Entry. At the hinge between these two major portions of Luke's Gospel, we hear the story of the man whose sight is restored, along with his whole spiritual life. (Luke 18:35-43)

Duration:00:11:03

Passing on the Tradition of the Faith

1/15/2018
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On the commemoration of the 10th anniversary of St Anthony mission, Fr Gabriel reflects on how and why we pass on the tradition of the faith, using a brief passage from the beginning of the first Letter to Timothy. We move from inadequacy to grace, and the passage concludes with a doxology that demonstrates thankfulness that God has touched down in our world and our lives. (I Timothy 1:15-17)

Duration:00:08:19

Forefeast of the Nativity/Forefathers

12/28/2017
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Fr Gabriel Rochelle looks at the initial chapter of Matthew's Gospel as a diptych, with Moses as the backdrop on one surface, the hinge of the genealogy, and Joseph on the second surface.

Duration:00:14:44

The Mystery of the Nativity

12/27/2017
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Fr Gabriel offers a meditation on the meaning of the Nativity for now and for all time.

Duration:00:08:25

The Armor of God

12/11/2017
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As we close our reading of Ephesians, Fr Gabriel offers us insights in the meaning of the Gospel armor Paul says we should wear in chapter 6, a defensive collection of garb metaphorically understood. This is what we need for spiritual warfare against the "principalities and powers" that assail our souls.

Duration:00:09:44

Sex, Power and the Nativity

12/5/2017
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Today Fr Gabriel speaks about the current issue with sexual predators in high places, using the infancy gospels as a perhaps unexpected resource to discuss issues of Sex, Power, and the Nativity.

Duration:00:07:27

Prophet Obadiah

11/21/2017
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So rarely do we get to commemorate the prophets on a Sunday that Fr Gabriel took the opportunity to give an overview of prophetic ministry and a look at the specific word of Obadiah, which happens to be the shortest book in the Old Testament.

Duration:00:12:15

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