2016 Sermons

   

On the Beginning of the Great Fast

March 14, 2016 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
But we can develop the spirituality that is reminiscent of Lent, an inward-looking spirituality, where we start to care for the condition of our souls, as much as we care for the condition of our outward lives. A balanced life is what Lent is supposed to be about. A balancing with the pivot of our souls looking both inward and outward.
 

On the Hymn of Kassiani

March 13, 2016 - by Linda Arnold
Can we dare to be heroic like this woman in this beautiful hymn? How did this woman who had fallen into many sins, know that He who was a guest in the home of Simon was God? She was illumined by divine grace and she responded. Through her repentance, she perceived the divinity of Christ.
 

On the Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete

March 06, 2016 - by Melissa Nassiff
Sometimes we have trouble believing in God's forgiveness, because we ourselves are unwilling to forgive. Living with the Great Canon during that first week of Lent - or better yet, throughout all of Lent - helps us focus more and more deeply on what it means to repent, how it feels to repent, and most especially, how it feels to be forgiven.
 

The Curious Monkey

February 28, 2016 - by Jamil Samara
The monkey's curiosity leads him to be trapped by his desires. Our passions can lead us to the same fate. The Triodion period in the life of the Church takes us on the way of the Cross, to Golgotha on Holy Friday, where we experience Christ's death through our own spiritual struggle. Fasting, prayer, and almsgiving are all a part of the way of the cross, the dying of ourselves, the relinquishing of our own will to allow God's will to grow within us.
 

Two Openings

February 21, 2016 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
The Pharisee is closed up in himself. He has become wholly blended with his ego. His ego has become his god. Wrapped in his robes he feels safe and secure. But he still longs for validation! His prayer largely consists of a list of his pious achievements. Behind all this he hides his pain. His heart has become stone. He has no compassion for the Publican who weeps nearby and is to the Pharisee an annoyance.
 

Nothing Else, Nothing Else

February 15, 2016 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
Suffering is universal. It connects us to one another. Weep with those who weep, Jesus teaches, And laugh with those who laugh. And Schopenhauer calls the rise of compassion we feel when we see even a stranger in pain a metaphysical breakthrough in which the boundaries between I and the other disappear. The truth is that the boundaries we believe in are the ones we have created. When the mind is still, boundaries no longer exist.
 

Do Not Squander the Gift

February 07, 2016 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
There is a gift that everyone has received from God. We have been made in his image. There is no greater gift. This gift defines us. There is in the depths of every human being a light that comes from God and connects us with him. Some of the Holy Fathers speak of this in moving terms, like Gregory Nazianzus who wrote: for the spirit that he breathed into (human nature) is a flash of the invisible godhead ... I am attached to life here below, while I also have in me a portion of the godhead.
 

Zaccheus Sunday: The Narrow Way of Life

January 31, 2016 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
Jesus calls Zaccheus out of his tree as a compassionate care-giver, not as a judge. Jesus discerns that Zaccheus is open and in need of mercy and without hesitation, Jesus gives it in abundance. Zaccheus learned from Jesus what we are supposed to be learning: love is truth, love is joy, love is the doorway to wisdom, love is life, love is the food of immortality, love is the kingdom of heaven.
 

The Call to Universal Compassion

January 17, 2016 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
The Gospel is a call to universal and unequivocal compassion. The life of Christ and his teachings are about doing good and being kind and bringing light into dark places. In the beginning Christianity was known as a religion of love.
 

On the Sunday Before Theophany

January 03, 2016 - by Fr. Nicholas Manikas
St. Paul says that if you are Christian, if you have received the Holy Spirit into your hearts, then remember that the Spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self-control. This powerful verse should describe each and every one of us. It is a new year, a new chance to make a new start at bettering ourselves and becoming real Orthodox Christians who live the Christian life and not just look from the outside as faithful.
 

A Revolution of Love

January 01, 1970 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
No propaganda. Only Truth. No hatred. Only love. No violence. Only Peace. No bigotry. Only Tolerance. We desperately need to foment a revolution of love. A follower of Jesus cannot be a racist. We are light, warmth and grace, healers, if we follow the Lord. In whatever form it appears, public and noisy, or quiet and subtle, racism is evil and we must resist. It is sinful and must have no place among us. If our hearts have grown cold, then we must allow the warmth of God to enlighten us.
 

The Weight of a Snowflake

January 01, 1970 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
The Dove and the Coalmouse discover the weight and value of a single snowflake in an inspiring children's sermon by Fr. Antony Hughes.
 

God Tells Us a Story

January 01, 1970 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
God wanted to make his love for us so concrete that even the smallest child would be able to understand. The Cross, both an historic and metaphorical reality, is how he made it so. One meaning of the word 'salvation' is to be removed from harm’s way. And this God has done through the Cross.
 

Our Suffering is the Cross

January 01, 1970 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
The little boy’s seizure in today’s story represents any condition we may have that hinders our ability to love God, neighbor and self completely. Removing all internal obstacles to love is the point of spiritual practice. What we do not know about ourselves enslaves us. What lies hidden in us will eventually come to light. We are all wounded. We carry with us great burdens of pain from which we need to be released.
 

To Walk on Water

January 01, 1970 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
The storm through which the Lord calmly and peacefully walked is a metaphor for the storms that rage inside of us. All scripture is metaphorical. The deepest meanings lie below the surface.
 

The Invitation

January 01, 1970 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
Today's Gospel reading reveals a great truth: salvation is about relationship. We cannot be saved alone. The Great Feast in the parable is a metaphor for this.