he very important Parable of the Good Samaritan, only in Luke is always read in or near the Nativity Fast, appropriately, since it may be the finest exposition of incarnational theology in the Gospels. The answer to the question teaches us a critical virtue – empathy with our fellow man, without which we will not be saved, by describing the whole economy of the incarnation in the symbolism of the elements of the parable. Truly, this is a parable we should contemplate deeply.
LISTEN NOW In summary, "Receive not the grace of God in vain" Many other homilies for this Sunday are at http://www.orthodox.net/sermons Matthew 25:14-30 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. 15 And unto one he gave five… Continue reading 16th Sunday – The Parable of the Talents
A parable to the Jew first and also to the Gentile. LISTEN NOW Matthew 21:33-42 Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country: 34… Continue reading The Parable of the Vineyard – 13th Sun after Pent 2008
LISTEN NOW Other Homilies for the 11th Sunday after Pentecost. http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/pentecost-sunday-11_1998+the-unmerciful-debtor-mat-18-23-35.doc 11th Sunday of Pentecost (Word DOC format) The Unmerciful Debtor Mat 18 23:35 1998 http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/pentecost-sunday-11_2000.html 11th Sunday of Pentecost (HTML format) 2000 http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/pentecost-sunday-11_2002+parable-of-the-unmerciful-debtor.mp3 11th Sunday of Pentecost (mp3 format) Parable Of The Unmerciful Debtor 2002 http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/pentecost-sunday-11_2008-08-31.mp3 11th Sunday of Pentecost (mp3 format) Parable… Continue reading 11th Sun after Pentecost 2008:Parable of the unmerciful debtor. What defines a Christian?
6th Week After Pentecost – Friday Matthew 13:44-54 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. 45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a… Continue reading 6th Fri after Pentecost – Parables of the field & pearl
LISTEN NOW Luke 15:11-32And he said, A certain man had two sons: 12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. 13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his… Continue reading Sunday of the Prodigal Son 2008 – Luke 15;11-32 – And When He Came To Himself
http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/great-lent-sunday-before-great-lent-03_1997+sunday-of-the-prodigal-son.doc In the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen.1 The Church gives us another example today, about repentance. It tells us another part of the story. This is the Sunday of the Prodigal Son, and is yet another Sunday that prepares us for the Great Fast. We are coming… Continue reading Sunday of the Prodigal Son – How does God receive our repentance?
LISTEN NOW Luke 15:11-32 11 And he said, A certain man had two sons: 12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. 13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and… Continue reading Sunday of the Prodigal Son – Luke 15:11-32
LISTEN NOW Luke 18:10-14 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 12 I fast twice… Continue reading Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee – Luke 18:10-14 – Two Ways
In the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen. Today is the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee. It is a formal beginning to our preparation for the Holy Fast, and is the first day we read anything from the Triodion this year. We are now in a period… Continue reading Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee – Luke 18:10-14 – The rest of the story, How was the publican justified?