Homily 456 – 2nd Pascha Thomas Sunday Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church, Ames, Iowa May 9, 2021 Epistle: (14) – Acts 5:12-20 Gospel: (65) – John 20:19-31 Christ is Risen! Kristos Voskhrese! Christos Anesthi! St. Thomas would have made a good American. We are an independent sort – not one to take the word of someone […]

Homily 455 – Palm Sunday Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church, Ames, Iowa April 25, 2021 Epistle: (247) – Philippians 4:4-9 Gospel: (41) – John 12:1-18 In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, One God. We have completed the course of the fast. Our preparation is now completed, and […]

Homily 454 – 5th Great Lent – St. Mary of Egypt Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church, Ames, Iowa April 18, 2021 Epistle: (321-ctr) – Hebrews 9:11-14 and (208b) – Galatians 3:23-29 Gospel: (47) – Mark 10:32-45 and (33) – Luke 7:36-50 In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, […]

Homily 453 – 3rd Great Lent – Exaltation of the Cross Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church, Ames, Iowa April 4, 2021 Epistle: (311) Hebrews 4:14-5:6 Gospel: (37) Mark 8:34-9:1 In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, One God. Very few objects are more central to the Christian faith […]

Homily 452 – Annunciation Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church, Ames, Iowa March 24, 2021 Epistle: (306) Hebrews 2:11-18 Gospel: (3) Luke 1:24-38 In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, One God. I’m fond of saying that God only tells us what is immediately next for us. Sometimes, not […]

Homily 451 – 1st Sunday of Great Lent – Sunday of Orthodoxy Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church, Ames, Iowa March 21, 2021 Epistle: (329-ctr) – Hebrews 11:24-26, 32-12:2 Gospel: (5) – John 1:43-51 In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, One God. Jesus told Nathaniel that he had […]

Homily 450 – 40th Sunday After Pentecost Last Judgment Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church, Ames, Iowa March 14, 2021 Epistle: (112) – Romans 13:11-14:4 Gospel: (17) – Matthew 6:14-21 In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, One God. We’ve all heard that we can’t take it with us. […]

Homily 449 – 39th Sunday After Pentecost Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church, Ames, Iowa March 7, 2021 Epistle: (140) – 1 Corinthians 8:8-9:2 Gospel: (106) – Matthew 25:31-46 In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, One God. It’s not often that we know the criteria by which we […]

Homily 448 – 37th Sunday After Pentecost Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church, Ames, Iowa February 21, 2021 Epistle: (296) 2 Timothy 3:10-15 Gospel: (89) Luke 18:10-14 In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, One God. Few parables capture the essence of human existence and the relationship with our […]

Homily 447 – 36th Sunday After Pentecost Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church, Ames, Iowa February 14, 2021 Epistle: (285-ctr) 1 Timothy 4:9-15 Gospel: (94) Luke 19:1-10 In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, One God. Zacchaeus, in the children’s song that some of us learned in Sunday School, […]