St. Mary Church
Cambridge, MA

Sermons from St. Mary Church

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Matthew 9:1-6

July 08, 2007 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, July 8, 2007

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen.

Glory to Jesus Christ!

The words and deeds of Jesus and were one and the same. There was no hypocrisy in him. So he could not only forgive the sins of the paralytic he could demonstrate the truth of his words with miracles. Some of the scribes were disturbed by what they heard and saw. They could not bear to hear the truth. They claimed that Jesus was a blasphemer. To prove otherwise Jesus went one step further and healed the poor man of his paralysis.

The crowds were amazed.

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If the Eye is Sound

June 17, 2007 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, June 17, 2007

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen.

Glory to Jesus Christ!

“The eye is the lamp of the body. So if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light; but if your eye is unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness.”

Lamps give light when they are turned on, if the bulb is good, if the electrical connection is unimpeded; that is, if the lamp is in working order all will be well and the room will be filled with light.

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On the Sunday of All American Saints

June 10, 2007 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, June 10, 2007

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen.

Glory to Jesus Christ!

On the second Sunday after Pentecost the Church asks us to remember all our local saints. We have ten officially and eleven unofficially. Some of them lived and died on American soil. Let me name them for you: St. Herman of Alaska, St. Innocent the Apostle to America, St. Raphael of Brooklyn, St. Alexis Toth of Wilkesbarre, PA, St. Jacob of Alaska, St. Juvenaly the Martyr and St. Peter the Aleut, also a martyr. Three lived and ministered in America for a time, but died in post-revolutionary Russia: St. John Kochurov, St. Alexander Hotovitzky and St.

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On the Sunday of All Saints

June 03, 2007 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, June 03, 2007

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen

Today let’s look at two verses from the readings for today’s Divine Liturgy, one from the Epistle and one from the Gospel.

The first is from the Gospel.

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The Blind Man

May 13, 2007 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, May 13, 2007

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen.

Christ is Risen!

Jesus brings light into centuries of darkness in today’s Gospel reading. He does so much more than simply giving sight to the blind man; he opens the eyes of his disciples to an important truth about God.

The disciples ask him a question.

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At the Pool of Bethesda

April 29, 2007 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, April 29, 2007

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen.

Christ is Risen!

The paralytic at the pool experienced a moment of groundlessness. Groundlessness is when you reach the point at which nothing seems familiar. It is what we sometimes call the “edge”. It can be a frightening place. One more step and off you go into only God knows what or where. We have all been there. Marriage is such a jumping off place, the birth of a child, the first semester at college, the first days in a new job. I can think of many such jumping off places.

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The Ministry of the Myrrhbearers

April 22, 2007 - by Teva Regule

Sermon Preached by Teva Regule on the Sunday of the Myrhhbearing Women - April 22, 2007

Christ is Risen! Indeed, He is Risen!

I never knew my maternal grandfather. He died long before I was born. He had come to the United States from a small village in Romania as a young man on the eve of WWI. He worked as an “ice man,” delivering ice for the refrigerators of the day—“ice boxes.” He eventually married a young woman who had also come from the same village, my grandmother. I grew up hearing about him from the stories she told. He suffered from an extended illness before he passed away and she took care of him and continually prayed for him.

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On the Service of Holy Unction

April 04, 2007 - by David Vermette

Sermon Preached by David Vermette on Holy Wednesday - April 4, 2007

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen.

Throughout the season of Great Lent the Church reads the Book of Genesis. That book of Scripture teaches that God created mankind, male and female, in his image and in his likeness and set them in a Paradise where they enjoyed all of the good things of the Earth. The man and the woman lived without sickness, without violence, without fear, without doubt, and without shame. Perhaps the greatest gift of all is that our primeval ancestors enjoyed free discourse with the Creator of All.

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On Palm Sunday

April 01, 2007 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, April 1, 2007

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen.

Glory to Jesus Christ!

The crowd in Jerusalem on Palm Sunday long ago was mistaken. Jesus was not the Messiah they had hoped for. He did not come to overthrow Rome or to establish an earthly kingdom. They would have known that if they had listened carefully and deeply to his words, if they had not been so attached to their own expectations and ideas. You see, they were not attached to Jesus at all. They were attached to their interpretations of Jesus.

It is a common problem.

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On the Feast of the Annunciation

March 25, 2007 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, March 25, 2007

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen.

Glory to Jesus Christ!

The words of the archangel Gabriel to Mary are rich with meaning for us. What does it mean to be “full of grace”?

It means that Mary was filled with the energy of God. Holy Tradition teaches that Mary was prepared to be a servant of God. She was raised in the Temple, not an unusual thing for a young girl in those days. There she learned to live a life mindful of God in even the smallest details of life. She was taught as were all pious Jews to practice the presence of God.

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Lay Up For Yourselves Treasures in Heaven

February 18, 2007 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, February 18, 2007

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen.

Glory to Jesus Christ!

There is only one way to know forgiveness and that is by forgiving. We may have an idea of what forgiveness is, but an idea is only an idea. We may have an idea of who God is, but an idea is only an idea. To know something means to have a direct experience of it. Ideas are not the same as experience.

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On Meatfare Sunday

February 11, 2007 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, February 11, 2007

There was a remarkable and fiery lay preacher who lived in France in the late nineteenth century by the name of Leon Bloy. He railed against the wholesale rejection of God in French society of his day and the complacency of the Christian believers who remained. His style was often offensive but it mirrored his intense spiritual life which was, to many, equally offensive. He was a man who lived as he believed and that is always disconcerting.

I discovered a quote of his that points to the meaning of this Sunday well.

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On the Sunday of the Prodigal Son

February 04, 2007 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, February 4, 2007

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen.

Glory to Jesus Christ!

Soon Great Lent will begin. On the Sunday of Forgiveness we will hear hymns that depict the exile of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. One of the most poignant of them envisions Adam mourning inconsolably as he sits outside the gates now guarded by angels with swords of fire. He is inconsolable because he knows what he has lost.

Eden, Paradise, the Kingdom of Heaven is our true home. It is the home of every human being.

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On the Sunday of the Pharisee and the Publican

January 28, 2007 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, January 28, 2007

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen.

Let's think about this question: why did Jesus look unfavorably at the Pharisee's prayer? I think it is very simple. The Pharisee did not love his neighbor. You may ask, “Wasn't God offended at the self-centered prayer of the Pharisee?” Think deeply about it and you have to say that no, God was not offended by the self-centered prayer because God cannot be offended. God is way beyond such human emotions.

Consider it this way.

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The Transformation of Zaccheus

January 21, 2007 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, January 21, 2007

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen.

Glory to Jesus Christ!

Zaccheus was a man bound by fear, an insecure man who tried to assuage his suffering through greed. It is an old story and a common theme of the Lord's teaching. We cannot live by bread alone, but just try and convince us when in the face of our own mortality we try and hold on to the things in this world we hope will keep death away.

For example, the culture of youth and fashion in our society is extreme.

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The Light Shines in the Darkness

January 14, 2007 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, January 14, 2007

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen.

Glory to Jesus Christ!

Galilee has an interesting history. The name comes from the Aramaic word “gal” which means “to take captive.” In the year 721 BC the Assyrians took over the Northern kingdom of Israel comprised of ten of the twelve tribes of Israel. The tribes of Zebulon and Naphtali lived in the area of Capernaum by the sea where Jesus lived.

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On the Eve of the Nativity of Christ

December 24, 2006 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, December 24, 2006

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen.

Glory to Jesus Christ!

St. Gregory of Nyssa writes that “even the pagans and the philosophers heard the thunder from Mt. Sinai.” From that dramatic and earth-shaking theophany came the Law, the Ten Commandments which were meant to curtail the barbarity of the people, to teach them how to take a single step towards paradise. That step was to turn away from idolatry and treat one another with justice.

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The Rich Man and His Barns

November 19, 2006 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, November 19, 2006

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen.

Glory to Jesus Christ!

The Gospel reading each week offers essential instructions for us in the spiritual life that can lead to the transformation of life as we live it each and every day. I am hoping to lay them out as best I can so that we as persons and together as a community will grow in our richness towards God. I always say, when asked where my sermons come from, that I am preaching to myself. I preach the things that are deeply effecting my life at present.

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Love the Lord

November 12, 2006 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, November 12, 2006

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen

Glory to Jesus Christ!

It is significant that when the lawyer asks Jesus what he must do to “inherit eternal life” he answers the question by removing the future emphasis. Life is to be lived now. Jesus says that if we want to live, that is, to be fully alive, then we must follow two commandments: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and your neighbor as yourself. His example of how to do this is the parable of the Good Samaritan. The future is one thing, the present is quite another.

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The Chasms That Can Be Bridged

November 04, 2006 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, November 5, 2006

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen

Glory to Jesus Christ!

“...between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.”

The question is: who fixed this chasm? Most of us, when we read this Gospel passage, tend to believe that the chasm is fixed by God and is the symbol of the permanence of eternal damnation.

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