Monthly Archives: January 2018

Sunday of the Prodigal Son, Jan. 28, 2018. Lk 15:11-32

Jesus’ ending to the parable leaves us wondering what happened next. Let’s use our imagination to continue the parable. Again the father entreated his elder son to come into the house and join the celebration, but the son just stood there, silently, with his arms crossed over his chest; hurt, confusion and pain in his […]

Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee , Jan. 21, 2018. Lk 18:10-14

Over the past year we have seen news of more and more violence in our country and in other countries of the world. Suicide bombings, random shootings such as in Orlando, Las Vegas and more. How can we stop this violence? The problem is as old as Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, and is […]

Zacchaeus Sunday, Jan. 14, 2017. Lk 19:1-10

On this 32nd Sunday after Pentecost the event of Jesus’ encounter with Zacchaeus is always read. Although it is not part of the Lenten/Great Fast cycle of readings, it is often considered as such because it forms a bridge or transition to the first Sunday of the Triodion – the liturgical book of the Great […]

Sunday after Theophany, Jan. 7, 2017. Eph 4:7-13

The great theme in St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians is that of unity of all people in Christ. The ancient barriers of race, class or social condition no longer exist for Christians. In the passage the Church presents to us today St. Paul explains that within this basic unity there are diverse gifts from […]

Sunday after Christmas, Dec. 31, 2017. Mt 2:13-23

The distance from Bethlehem to Egypt (Gaza) is 50.2 miles. An air flight takes about seven minutes. However, obviously, this flight into Egypt was by foot, not by air. Therefore, our Gospel reading today brings us face to face with the dangerous side of Christmas. This isn’t how we usually think about the Christmas season. […]