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Parable of the Wedding Feast

Deacon Nicholas Park delivers an exegesis of the Parable of the Wedding Feast. There are many questions directed towards US in this parable. Will you answer them?


Playing Jesus

"Are you come to play Jesus with the lepers in your head?" This lyric from a secular song has much spiritual application. All of us have lepers, and all of us "play Jesus" with them. We talk about what "playing Jesus" means and how to stop playing and constructively seek healing from Jesus through the Jesus prayer the Psalter and struggling in the Christian life.


Transfiguration taught in Dachau

Fr. Seraphim Holland tells of an experience by St. Nikolai Velomirovich in Dachau concentration camp that teaches us the most important and primary meaning of the Transfiguration. If we believe this, truly believe it, it will change everything we do, think, say and care about.


Be Aggressive!

There is no Christian life without aggression and looking for opportunities. We base this on the spirit of the monastic life which every Christian should understand, and on John 8:37 for the Lord tells the Jews who do not believe in Him that they have no room in their heart for him. We discuss a little bit about the purpose of the monastic life and how it should inform the conduct of everyone in the church, and also examples of salvific aggressiveness and looking for opportunities. This...


Know the truth, and it shall make you free

Three truths that should resonate in the soul (and cause practical changes in the way we live!) gleaned from a prayerful, and repetitive reading of a in the Gospel of John, Chapter 8. What is freedom and how do we become free? What is slavery? How does one become a slave?


How do we give with simplicity, and love without hypocrisy?

How do we give with simplicity, and love without hypocrisy? The Apostle Paul and the parable about the two debtors explains. The parable (two men owed a debt to their Lord, one 500, and another 50, and he was gracious to both) told by Jesus to explain the simple love and devotion of the sinful woman who anointed His feet helps explain how we can give with simplicity, show mercy with cheerfulness, and love without hypocrisy, all of which are commands of the Apostle Paul in Romans 12:6-14....


On “Living Your Own Truth”

In our day, many sins, opinions, and lifestyle choices being described is "living your own truth." It is quite impossible for man to be his own truth, as only Jesus Christ is the Truth. The readings for today show the results when a man tries to live according to his own truth. The people of the Gergesenes rejected the Light, and St. Paul's description of such people sounds very modern and contemporary: "For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own...


Freedom and Slavery, and the Centurion

Fr. Seraphim Holland shares a homily about freedom and slavery. This Sunday's Epistle tells us about slavery - to sin, and slavery to righteousness - which is true freedom. He compares the two kinds of slavery, and the perfection of freedom to righteousness, as shown by the centurion who asked the Lord to heal his servant.


Outrageous, dangerous love: the life of St Timothy of Esphigmenou

Fr. Seraphim Holland shares about the life of St. Timothy of Esphigmenou, a New Martyr of the Turkish Yoke (remembered the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost and October 29). Love is willing to be dangerous, outrageous. Love thinks outside the box.


A letter from a prisoner: the transformation of a self-reliant boy to a God-reliant man

Fr. Seraphim Holland reads a letter from a prisoner who will be baptized this month.


The giving of the Holy Spirit is personal and intimate, to each of His “Little Ones”

The day of Pentecost was a public event affecting many people, but at its core, Pentecost is personal. We are the "little ones"that are referred to in the Gospel on this Monday of the Holy Spirit today, and the Holy Spirit is personal and intimate with every believer. We little ones must remember that even though we might feel insignificant, the Holy Spirit will abide in us and help us personally, because he chooses to. If we understand this and live by it, we will live victorious lives....


The Purpose of Sending for the Holy Spirit

Fr Methodius is a priest at St Barnabas Mission in Kenya, Africa ( He was with us on Pentecost and gave a homily which is a sweeping survey of the Scriptures that are read on the feast and teaches us the purpose of the coming of the Holy Spirit and many other things.


The High Priestly Prayer

The high priestly prayer of Jesus is a great opportunity to read scripture with purpose. Everything we read should encourage us and help us to change our behavior. We look at the High Priestly prayer in a practical way, for the benefit of our soul, including a practical, personal interpretation of the words of Jesus: "Thou hast given him power over all flesh", and "keep through Thine own name those whom Thou hast given Me, that they may be one, as We are", whether or not sinners can have...


Ascension changes Everything

Stories provide powerful incentives for changing our behavior. We look at the Ascension story, which is also a dogmatic fact and how it should influence our behavior – it should change EVERYTHING! - and also the 3 dogmatic pillars of the event of the Ascension.


Fire in the Belly!

All of the Sundays of Pascha, from Thomas Sunday, the Myrrh-bearing women, the Paralytic, the Samaritan woman and the Blind man, have compelling stories, with a unifying theme: You must have fire in your belly! Whether we are beset by ignorance, sins, confusion - whatever - none of this will matter if we have fire in our belly! All these stories who how God reacts to our desire, and overcomes our problems.


The Woman at the Well and the Purpose of Liturgy

A little bit about how the Gospel of John is different from everything else in the bible, and the purpose of liturgy (the same as the purpose of John), and that the conversation of the woman at the well is a mystical "instruction book" about achieving this purpose. A little about our religion. There is nothing "formal" in it!


Our Hearts Must Burn

The Holy Myrrh bearers persevered despite great disappointment, loss and fear. WHY? For the same reason that Thomas persevered, and Peter, and Luke and Cleopas, and all the true Apostles and disciples. It was because their heart burned with love for Jesus, and they gave to Him all that they were capable of giving.


A Sunday for those in Sorrow and Confusion

Thomas Sunday is the most important day of the year. His experience teaches us a core truth, which we will need - many times in our lives. What are we to do when we are deeply sorrowful, confused, anger, disillusioned? Thomas teaches us.


The Road to Emmaus

After saying "Christ is risen" in many languages including "Texan", we talk about the mysterious road to Emmaus. There many tantalizing things in this story, such as - why did the disciples not recognize Jesus, but the most important take-home here must Be that even after being enlightened by our Lord describing Himself iin the Scriptures, the apostles did not know Him until He gave them the Eucharist. The Eucharist is indispensable for enlightenment.


How to Learn to Get It

Why do we read the Gospel about the healing of the Demoniac son on the 4th Sunday of Great Lent? It is not about the story, but because the story occured as Jesus was going to Jerusalem for His passion. The disciples did not understand Jesus, even though He told them many times what was going to happen. We are like that too! Why is it that we do not understand and do basic and obvious things? This is a hard question to answer, but a more important question to answer is answered in this...