They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers ... And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts ..." (Acts 2:42-47)
Cherish the joy of Pascha. The Pascha joy fills everything, transcends everything, changes everything. It is the foundation of our Christian life. The empty tomb tore a chasm into humanity. It separated those on one side from those on the other. The first still live in the tomb, with death and sadness. The second has resurrected with Christ, into a new world, a world vibrant and sublime, where every bird and every blade of grass sings: “Christ is Risen!” Yesterday, we ended o
An ordinary donkey carried God to His Kingdom. Our Lord enters into Jerusalem today, an entrance symbolizing His entrance into our hearts, our parish community, and the Heavenly Kingdom. Today renews the importance of the life to which we are called. But we cannot forget, in all the grandness of Palm Sunday, Christ arrives on a donkey. "Let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God" (2 Corinthians 7:1).
"And Moses said unto the people, ‘Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.’ And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was” (Exodus 20:20-21). God is mystery like a dark cloud. In order to pursue God, we have to be willing to step into that mystery. This road carries us through times of doubt, confusion, and suffering. It was the same for Moses, for the disciples, and for Chr
How is your Lent going? It is hard to evaluate, maybe impossible. Like life, we have our own ideas of how things should go, and stuff happens. In reality, God’s grace does the healing, and His Grace is in the Life of the Church. Our part is to simply open ourselves to it. So how is God’s Grace working right now? The next few weeks mark the most significant days of the year. We have Passion Sunday when we veil our icons. Palm Sunday follows, a day of jubilation that ends in th