Sermons from St. Mary Church

  

Justa and Berenice

February 14, 2021 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
From the Woman’s great suffering for her child was revealed a great enlightened faith, humility, compassion and courage. From the disciples, the very opposite. And Christ stood in the breech.
 

Parable of the Talents

February 07, 2021 - by Dn. Jeff Smith
God gave us hands and feet and speech, and strength of mind and body that we might use all these things for our neighbor's advantage. Let us contribute what God has given us, our wealth, our diligence and our care giving for our neighbor's advantage.
 

Lotus Petals in the Translucent Soul

January 31, 2021 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
From our lowly depths to the depths of his infinite mercy, one cries out to the other, the Prodigal Son to the Father, Zacchaeus to Jesus. And since we are too weak to run to him, he runs to us, forgetting and forgiving all the sins and wrongs and mistakes that make up the heavy burden that we bear, and drawing us into his and our true home. To find our true home, we must first find our true selves.
 

Diving into Life

January 24, 2021 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
The truth is that the largest part even of our own stories is unknown to us for we do not know why we think what we think and why we do what we do. We come to the Lord as many have done before us to discover who we are. For only God knows our hearts and finding him and finding ourselves is a simultaneous event.
 

A New Framework

January 17, 2021 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
All human beings share a common framing story. Created by God in his image to grow into his likeness is where that story begins. When fear becomes the core of the framing story disaster is the end result.
 

Eureka

January 10, 2021 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
God created all matter to bear the divine energy. This is the purpose and end of all things. Our prayers do not alter the elements, they alter our perception and enlighten our senses.
 

Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord

January 03, 2021 - by Dn. Jeff Smith
John is known as the greatest of all the prophets, because his whole life, even before his birth and even after his death, he constantly prepares the way for the Son of God to enter into the world.
 

The Lord Christ's Net

December 25, 2020 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
The Incarnation is the Great Conjunction of God and creation. The Word of God draws so close to us that there is no longer an in-between between God and us. There is not even room for the passing of an onion skin between the two. He is, say the Orthodox mystics, closer to us than our breath and our heartbeat.
 

The Eternal Gift of Union

December 20, 2020 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
The Word of God humbled himself. You could even say that Love humbled him. True love always serves the other. It asks nothing. It only gives. Love that does not lead to the Cross, where life is sacrificed for the good of the other, is not love.
 

Embracing Indestructible Joy

December 13, 2020 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
The Incarnation of God is the all-encompassing mystery. Everything and everyone participates in it. Matter itself is deified, human flesh is deified, you and I are deified, not by works, but by grace, by the Word of God taking matter and human flesh into himself.
 

Recommitting to the Gospel

December 06, 2020 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
If we are to impact the world, we must follow the path he has made for us.
 

On the Life of St. Nicholas

December 06, 2020 - by Dn. Jeff Smith
Dn. Jeff Smith offers a reflection on the life of St. Nicholas followed by the singing of a Slavic Carol about St. Nicholas
 

Simply Not Conventional

November 22, 2020 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
Jesus brought to us a unique Gospel. A new way of seeing. A new way of living. It is not the way we are used to. Not the way we are taught to think, see and live in our culture. It is a mistake to believe that Christ confirms the way we live as his own. When we do find ourselves in a dead-end. Following the Lord's teaching requires a recalibration of our minds.
 

Listening to God's Voice

November 08, 2020 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
Today, once again, Jesus, through his compassionate words and actions, tells us the truth. People are what matters, not the Law, not ideology. People. The welfare of human beings in the eyes of our Lord trumps everything. That is the meaning of the Lord’s words, 'The Sabbath was made for man not man for the Sabbath.'
 

On Compassion

November 02, 2020 - by Dn. Jeff Smith
The Rich Man has no taste or aptitude for Heaven. Like the wonderful story by C.S. Lewis, the Great Divorce, whose characters were in heaven but they couldn’t recognize it. They could only see themselves.  The Rich Man stands jealous of Lazarus’ possession of heaven, and He wants Lazarus to come serve him in hell. It’s unbearable for him to see happy someone he held in contempt. This is his internal state. 
 

Depth Spirituality

October 25, 2020 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
First, of course, we must courageously seek to know what in us is not at peace. Fr. Hopko used to say that we should uncover every rock and use every tool available, spiritual, psychological, and medical, to bring peace to the internal world. So, we must not be afraid to look deeply, to seek and to be open to what we discover and what the Lord reveals on the search.
 

Let's Stop Pointing Fingers and Examine Ourselves

October 18, 2020 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
We are in need of metanoia, brothers and sisters, as persons and as communities, to face squarely and creatively the challenges that face not only us but the world around us. We cannot be yeast in the world unless we are alive to the truth and dynamic in our humility. We cannot be the light of the world unless the light in us is truly light and not darkness. What happens when the salt has lost its flavor? It becomes useless.
 

No Favorites

October 04, 2020 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
The Lord shows no favoritism. He is compassionate towards all, the good and the bad alike, and everyone in-between, which covers everyone I think. So far, in our two readings from Luke’s Gospel, we have heard about God’s non-discriminatory love.The Lord Jesus teaches us that God bestows lavish nurturing love upon all his creation.
 

No More Secrets

September 27, 2020 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
Peter's response was an act of self-defense. The first time we see this in scripture is in Genesis when Adam and Eve attempt to hide from God in the Garden. Peter tried to hide by asking Jesus to depart. He, too, recognized his nakedness before God and tried to take control of the situation. Think also of the incident with the Gadarene demonic. Seeing the Lord’s power the people begged Jesus to leave. It is similar to the fight or flight response in the face of danger. Perhaps this is the reason why so many of the Christian mystics were persecuted and why Confession is so frequently avoided, not to mention contemplative prayer itself. Are we frightened of God? Strange that we so often try to push God away when he persistently calls us to draw near. Jesus cuts to the chase with Peter saying, 'Do not be afraid.'
 

Metanoia and Repentance

September 20, 2020 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
We can prepare the way for metanoia, but we cannot force it. One does not leap to Christ-consciousness in one fell swoop. Transformation is a process. Ultimately, metanoia is a gift over which we have no control. We can 'make the way straight' for his coming (Isaiah 40:3), but the time of his coming is not known to us.