Think of a house that has been unoccupied for a few months. It’s tidy but there is dust over everything. We are all sort of like that. We are not great sinners but we have our small sins or imperfections. They are the dust particles in our otherwise clean and tidy souls. We are not […]

This Sunday is called the Sunday of the Last Judgment, because of the Gospel reading, or Meat-fare Sunday because, in the old discipline, it is the last day to eat meat and meat products until Pascha. St. Paul is explicit in warning us not to judge others because of what they eat or don’t eat. […]

Jesus tells us the parable of the Prodigal Son in a very succinct fashion. He gives only the necessary details – no frills. He gives us the clear message of how merciful and loving God the Father is toward us. This is his point. But, have you ever noticed that he leaves us dangling at […]

Two men went up to the Temple to pray; one a publican, the other a Pharisee. We have the hated tax collector, as we did last week with Zacchaeus. We have the Pharisee; the very word means one set apart. Jesus often calls them hypocrites. The Pharisee who, while outwardly religious in his observances, does […]

Today is the last Sunday after Pentecost and is always marked by the reading of the Gospel account of Zacchaeus’ desire to see Jesus and his salvation. This forms a sort of transition from the post-Paschal season to the Great Fast season which prepares us for Pascha. The Gospel readings of the next four Sundays […]

When the blind man called out, Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” Wasn’t it obvious what the blind man wanted Jesus to do? Why would Jesus need to ask him? We read in the Gospels that God is a loving Father who knows what we need even before we […]

The rich young man was a good person – a very good person. He fulfilled all of the prescriptions of the Mosaic Law and lived as a good Jew. However, when he realized that there must be more and Jesus invited him to go deeper into his faith commitment, he couldn’t do it. As I […]