Monthly Archives: January 2017

Zacchaeus Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017.

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 […]

36th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST, Jan. 22, 2017. Luke, 18:35-43

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 […]

25th Sunday after Pentecost, Jan. 15, 2017. Lk 18:18-27

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 […]

Feast of the Lord’s Circumcision and St. Basil the Great, Jan. 1, 2017

Mark begins his Gospel account by flatly stating that Jesus is the Messiah – the anointed one of God – the Christ. As he continues, he makes this abundantly clear with what he recounts. John the Baptist’s clothing is the same as that which was worn by the prophet Elijah. It was believed that Elijah […]