Today we hear a parable about the great supper, and I submit to you that this supper is not the one that we eat. It is one that we become. If you understand the supper in this way, then you will understand why it is that people didn’t want to come to the supper. Very few people are willing to turn down a free meal, right? This was not a free meal. This was the way of life that makes us free. The certain man, of course, is God. And that great supper is our becoming like Him so that we will know Him…
Today’s Gospel reading is much like a parable. It is a factual recounting of the healing of the blind man at Bethsaida, and is one of the shortest recountings of a healing in the Gospels, but it has a very important and rare detail – and this detail makes it also a type of parable for us.
The blind man was healed by degrees, and not all at once, as in almost every other healing of Jesus. The first, partial healing, was that a man who formerly could not see anything could now “see men as trees, walking” – that is – he could see poorly, fuzzily. After Jesus put his hands again on him and made him look up … he could see clearly.
This can be thought of as a “parable” describing all spiritual healing. ….
I am at the 6th annual Winter retreat at St George Orthodox Church in Pharr Texas. Of course, most of the people here have celebrated Nativity, but Matushka Elizabeth always takes care of me with no fuss. As part of the presentation by Fr Evangelos Pepps, he sang in the Byzantine tone "Joseph was amazed",… Continue reading He Who is became what He is not, so we are not can become like Him
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The Parable of the Great Supper is explained, and compared with the Parable of the Wedding Feast, and selection from Colossiona is related to the inner meaning of the parable.
A link to other homilies on the Nativity (the 2 Sunday’s preceding, Nativity, and the Sunday after) is also included.
Bishop Peter visitied our parish for our feastday (St Nicholas) this year. His sermon during the liturgy is short and excellent. We caught most of it on video. He talks about intimacy with God and how it is obtained in the Christian life.
Today, Nov 29/ Dec 12. we celebrate the Holy Apostle Andrew. Besides taking the opportunity to eat fish during the Nativity Fast, due to St Andrew’s feast. it would be good to learn a few things about this holy Apostle. The followiong are some simple things about St Andrew, in a Q&A format.
This excellent homily by Fr David Moser explains the "reason for the season" is fully laid out by the scripture read today. First of all, "Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners". The reason and effect of the incarnation is succinctly explained, including how the Lord calls to each one of us, and an example of its effect is given – the woman with the infirmity of 18 years, in which her physical infirmity is like the infirmity of the soul – bent over because of sin – and the only solution to this infirmity is the incarnation of the God-man, Jesus Christ.
The epistle read today succinctly sums up the reason for the incarnation of the God-man: “Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners”. To understand this, we must understand what sin is. Most have a great misconception about sin and only think that is is something that offends Almighty God, and do not understand that the reason God is offended is because all sin darkens us, and makes us “bent over”, unable to see God and know Him. The effect of sin is well shown by the woman with the infirmity of 18 years. Lets us explore what sin does to us, and the only solution to our terrible predicament.
It looks like my dear friend Sasha is in her last days….
I do not have any illusions about dogs. I don’t have any patience for all that new age stuff. They do not go to heaven, and they are not angels. They have a soul, as all animals do, but their soul is not eternal. When they die, they pass out of existence, but while they live, the exceptional ones are a great gift from our creator, and Sasha has been so good to me so many times, than I have thought of her as a kind of “guardian angel”. …