Sermons from St. Mary Church

Growth in Faith

August 26, 2019 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
I don’t think it was because the disciples and the father had no faith at all. In fact, Christ says explicitly that they had very little faith, I think it was because all of them had faith that was insufficient for the task at hand. I do not know if you know this, but there are stages of faith. Faith grows, changes, and matures or it lies stagnant and ineffective.


August 19, 2019 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
Jesus asks us to let go of our clinging to the things of this world (even the trappings of religion) and instead to embrace the fullness of the Gospel. God is here, he is not far away. He is within us, not somewhere else looking on from a distance.

We are Light, the World is Light

July 14, 2019 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
Today we hear more about light and Jesus puts it directly and deliberately. The truth is, we are as he is, the light of the world. The darkness in us is illusion. It does not define us, nor can it, for we are created by God as light and as St. John puts it, 'the darkness cannot overcome it.' While this is a theological and anthropological statement, modern science has, once again, born witness to this truth in part.

On the Sunday of the Blind Man

June 02, 2019 - by Dn. Jeff Smith
The most obvious is the need for power and control. The Pharisees want to preserve their own security, which is a basic human need. They want to preserve the consistency, the stability, the order and structure of their religion and their faith, all of which Jesus threatens by healing on the Sabbath. By calling Jesus a sinner for breaking the law, they are trying to preserve their sense of structure, which they feel crumbling before Jesus’ healing power. The Pharisees desire to matter.

Sermon: On the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus (March 31, 2019)

March 31, 2019 - by Dr. Ioana Popa
Sermon by Dr. Iona Popa at St. Mary Orthodox Church in Cambridge, MA on March 31, 2019

Reflections on the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Lk. 10: 29–37)

March 24, 2019 - by Teva Regule
Worshipping God is not something we do on our own, but worshipping God includes our neighbor. God and neighbor are connected. Understanding the meaning of this parable from a more moral perspective gives us insight into how we can put our own faith into action.

Reflections on the Parable of the Publican and Pharisee

March 18, 2019 - by Natasha Smith
We have many opportunities for service in our lives that are gifts from The Holy Spirit for spiritual Growth. It doesn’t require getting on a plane. We can serve others right around the corner in Central Square. We can mentor a young person in our community or work with parishioner in need. We can clean the church.  It does require humility and listening to what our Lord wants for us. This lent may I humbly suggest that we become like the Publican and take time for silence and, in humility, notice what is right in front of us, on vacation or not.

Parable of the Prodigal Son

March 10, 2019 - by Christina Palis
Through this parable, the Church reminds us of what we have abandoned and lost and beckons us to find the courage to rise up from our exile and separation and to remember our true identity, that we are made in the image and likeness of God. In repentance, humility, and vulnerability, we can return home where God is ready and waiting to receive us with loving forgiveness and a joyful embrace.

Parable of the Lost Sheep

March 03, 2019 - by Melissa Nassiff
Both the shepherd and the woman, after finding what they had lost, shared their joy with their friends and neighbors. As Jesus said in today’s gospel about the last judgment, we can share our joy by sharing what we have - feeding the hungry and thirsty, inviting in the stranger, giving clothes to the naked, and visiting the sick and prisoners.

Sunday of the Prodigal Son

February 24, 2019 - by Dn. Jeff Smith
Like the prodigal son, we can begin with compassion on ourselves. The lost son finds himself dying with the pigs, but he doesn’t die. Instead, he confronts his wretchedness and remembers his true home. He realizes that he has to get up and move.

Extreme Humility and Radical Love

February 10, 2019 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
How can we know we are on the right track? Humility and love. It is simple, 'They will know we are Christians by our love.' But it must be humility and love in its most radical form extending even to our enemies, to those who abuse us and wish us harm, which is no small task.

On the Sunday of Zaccheus

January 27, 2019 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
In order to grow, we have to take the risk of changing the way we think and the way we live. And change, as we all know is often painful and unwelcome, but growth demands it. Change is the heart of what the word repentance means.

The Light in the Darkness

January 13, 2019 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
Looking inwardly, the Gospel has rich meaning. For the lands of Zebulun and Naphtali are within all of us. There are parts of us that have been scattered, humbled, wounded, and abandoned, who have been cast out and forgotten. The Lord would bring all of them, too, into the light of His loving embrace. This is the point of repentance, of course.

The Prayer of the Vigilant Heart

December 30, 2018 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
King Herod is not only an historic figure he is also a metaphor for a mind out of control, in other words, an impure mind. From impure minds come impure thoughts and from impure thoughts come suffering. We call it in Christian lingo sin. It boils down to this. Sin is anything that causes suffering in others or in ourselves. In the case of Herod his impure, out-of-control mind led to the massacre of innocent children.

On the Feast of the Nativity 2018

December 25, 2018 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
Tonight in the midst of holiday busy-ness, when the gifts are wrapped and the television is off, and the house is quiet , take some time to contemplate the mystery of the birth of the Son of God. Take a few deep breaths, let your mind take a rest from all its labors, and look deep into your heart. There you will find him knocking on the door. Tonight, why not open the door?

A Time of Wonder

December 23, 2018 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
As the Lord Jesus, the Incarnate Christ, opened his heart to us, let us also open our hearts and in the same way love without limits or boundaries. For there are no walls that we do not ourselves create, no closed doors or windows that we do not ourselves fabricate.

Learn How to Walk

November 25, 2018 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
Do we understand? Live each moment with faith and thanksgiving. Every staircase, every blessing, every obstacle, every person, every task that appears before us is God’s will. If we accept it as such, then our will slides away and eternity appears in the disguise of daily life. God leads one tiny step at a time and life enfolds as a moment-by-moment pilgrimage led by God and filled with heart.

The Compassionate Way of Self-Care

November 18, 2018 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
No matter how hard we try, we suffer. Sometimes it even seems like the more we try the more we suffer. Resistance is futile and resist we still do! Suffering is a part of life and to deny that is to miss a good portion of it.

Converted to Love

November 11, 2018 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
The lawyer came to Jesus to put him to the test and then he found himself put to the test by Jesus. The Lord often did that. By answering a question with a question and following with a parable, Jesus sought to challenge and lead those he encountered to see God more clearly and discern more accurately their purpose in this world.

Unseen Blessings

October 28, 2018 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
Jesus encourages us not to hide our scars. He didn’t. Thomas recognizes Jesus by his scars and is invited to reach out and touch them. Jesus was not ashamed of his scars. Nor do we need to be. The saints we call confessors, those who suffered for Christ and who did not die, their wounds were badges of honor.