My brothers and sisters in Christ, happy Easter! On an occasion like this, there are always so many people to thank: the musicians who have worked so hard to prepare the beautiful music that lifts our spirits to the Lord today, those who decorated the church and those who contributed for the Easter flowers, and […]Read more "He Goes Before You to Galilee"
Last Sunday, I began a series of sermons for the season of Lent on discipleship. For the purpose of this series, I told you that I want to consider discipleship as a way of following the Lord in a new and more intense manner. More specifically, we are focusing on the joy of being Christ’s […]Read more "The Reward for Discipleship: Heaven"
Lent is a great time for us to refocus our lives on what is most important, to turn away from worldly concerns and come back to the Lord with our whole hearts. Lent is about discipleship, about discovering a way of following the Lord in a new and more intense manner. In past Lents, I […]Read more "The Joy of Discipleship"
“If I preach the gospel, this is no reason for me to boast, for an obligation has been imposed on me, and woe to me if I do not preach it! If I do so willingly, I have a recompense, but if unwillingly, then I have been entrusted with a stewardship.” “Woe to me if […]Read more "Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel"
After all of the excitement of the Christmas season, we are settling back down now into Ordinary Time, that time of the year when we focus not necessarily on the extraordinary events of the history of salvation, but rather on how we are called to be a part of these great mysteries, on the ordinary, […]Read more "Calling our Country to Repentance"
“While gentle silence enveloped all things, and night in its swift course was now half gone, [the] all-powerful word leaped from heaven, from the royal throne. Into the midst of the land that was doomed, a stern warrior carrying the sharp sword of thy authentic command.” So did King Solomon of old foretell the coming […]Read more "God Searching for Us"
“The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.” Our Lord makes it sound easy – too easy, really. We only need to follow these two commandments: Love God and love your neighbor. What could be more simple? Who needs all of those complicated rules about: what to do, what not to […]Read more "What is true love?"
“He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said.” When pilgrims to the Holy Land approach the most holy of all sites in the world – the Lord’s tomb, the place of His Resurrection – they are greeted ironically by these words spoken today by the angel: “Non est hic – […]Read more "Finding the Resurrected Christ"
“Eli, eli, lema sabachthani.” These are, perhaps, the most haunting words in the entire Sacred Scriptures. Jesus Christ, God made man, hangs upon the Cross and cries out from amidst His torture, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” These words have vexed theologians and believers for centuries. Why does the Son of […]Read more "To Reign Victorious"
What does our Lord’s Transfiguration have to do with Lent? It seems, at first, to be a strange story to choose, and yet, for centuries, the Church has read this Gospel on the second Sunday of Lent. Why? We can understand the events of the life of our Lord better if we understand them in […]Read more "Our Heavenly Goal"