Homily 402 – March 29, 2020, St. John Climacus Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church, Ames, Iowa March 29, 2020 Epistle: (314) – Hebrews 6:13-20 and (229) – Ephesians 5:9-19 (St John Climacus) Gospel: (40) – Mark 9:17-31 and (10) – Matthew 4:25-5:12 (St John Climacus) In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and […]

Homily 401 – Annunciation Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church, Ames, Iowa March 24, 2020 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. Today we are inextricably linked to the Nativity of our Lord – Christmas. Today, 9 […]

Homily 400 – 3rd Sunday of Great Lent Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church, Ames, Iowa March 22, 2020 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. When have we not lived in difficult times? 2,000 years ago […]

Homily Special Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church, Ames, Iowa March 15, 2020 In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, One God. In normal times, this would have been my 400th sermon. But these are not normal times, and I’m not counting it as such. First, I’ve been asked […]

Homily 399 – 1st Sunday of Great Lent Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church, Ames, Iowa March 8, 2020 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. Where should we focus? In our world today there is […]

Homily 398 – 37th after Pentecost (Forgiveness Sunday Expulsion from Paradise) Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church, Ames, Iowa March 1, 2020 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. Rabbi Manis Freidman tells the story, the true […]

Homily 397 – 36th after Pentecost (Last Judgement) Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church, Ames, Iowa February 23, 2020 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. Think back, if you will, to the last test or […]

Homily 396 – 35th after Pentecost Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church, Ames, Iowa February 16, 2020 Epistle: (135) 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 Gospel: (79) Luke 15:11-32 In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, One God. One of the appeals of the parable of the Prodigal is that we all […]

Homily 394 – 33rd after Pentecost, the Sunday of Zacchaeus, the Meeting of the Lord Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church, Ames, Iowa February 2, 2020 Epistle: (316) Hebrews 7:7-17 (Feast) and (285-ctr) 1 Timothy 4:9-15 Gospel: (7) Luke 2:22-40 (Feast) and (94) Luke 19:1-10 In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of […]

Homily 393 – 32nd after Pentecost Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church, Ames, Iowa January 26, 2020 Epistle: (280-ctr) 1 Timothy 1:15-17 Gospel: (62) Matthew 15:21-28 In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, One God. Persistence is a virtue that doesn’t get mentioned a lot in the Gospels. We […]