2022 Sermons

December 25, 2022
God became one of us. The Almighty Creator of the Universe took on human flesh. The Son of God became a newborn infant in Bethlehem. Read more »

How will we Respond to Christ's Invitation
December 11, 2022
“Blessed is the one who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.” Think about this statement. “Blessed is the one who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.” Blessed is the one who will be with the Lord for all eternity. Read more »

December 04, 2022
His courage and boldness to live out a Christ-like life, and incarnate the truth, even when the surrounding society ridiculed and even threatened such a lifestyle, is something with which we contemporary Christians must learn. Read more »

The WHY of our Life - Created for Good Works
November 20, 2022
What is the “WHY” of our life? Why do we exist? Why are we here on earth? What does our Creator expect from us and what is our purpose and destiny in life? Read more »

Becoming a Neighbor to Others
November 13, 2022
What must I do to inherit eternal life? Read more »

Gratitude Begets Generosity
November 06, 2022
Always remember that “if God does not for a moment tire of giving us good things,” as St. Nikolaj Velimirovic says, “how can we tire of thanking Him for these good things and sharing them with others?” Read more »

Life is Not Fair! What Will We Do About It?
October 30, 2022
Life is unfair! We all know that. We can just look around and see how unfair it is. Sometimes we may look at others who have so much more than we do, who have better circumstances, who have better opportunities. Read more »

October 23, 2022
”Who are you? and What is your name?” The name of every individual is very important to the identity of who someone is. Read more »

God's Unconditional Love and the Condition of Our Hearts
October 16, 2022
God loves everyone unconditionally. God desires every person to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. Read more »

Are you a Liar?
October 09, 2022
You’re a liar! How would you feel if someone called you a liar? Would you get defensive? Would you get angry? Would you start criticizing the person who said this to you? Or would you be self-reflective and humbly ask yourself if maybe you are lying, either to someone else, or to yourself, or even to God. Read more »

October 02, 2022
Whenever we look upon another person, we must remember that they also are created in the image and likeness of God. They have God’s divine imprint. Read more »

September 25, 2022
“Do not be afraid, from now on you will be fishers of men.” Christ’s call to the fisherman Peter and his fellow fishermen was that instead of catching fish they would cast out the net of God’s love and share His Good News throughout all the world, drawing people from every nation into the family of God, the Church. Read more »

A Teaching Liturgy - Learning How to Experience the Divine Liturgy
September 18, 2022
A Teaching Liturgy - Learning How to Experience the Divine Liturgy Read more »

Divine Love and September 11th
September 11, 2022
“Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father.” Read more »

Labor Day and the Kingdom of God
September 04, 2022
If we love what we do, thank God. If we don’t love what we do, yet we have work that sustains and supports us in this world, thank God. Read more »

One is Free When One Forgives
August 28, 2022
“There exists no other way than to forgive. One is free only when one forgives.” Saint Silouan the Athonite said similar words: “Where there is forgiveness … there is freedom.” Read more »

Understanding Faith
August 21, 2022
“I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, `Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Read more »

What and Who Influence Us?
August 14, 2022
What influences us most in our lives? Who are the people or figures who consciously or maybe unconsciously influence us? Read more »

August 07, 2022
Christ did not come simply to teach man but to transfigure him.  To re-adorn human nature in light, divine light, the glory of the Father.  This final purpose for man is revealed in Christ’s transfiguration on the mount.  This foretastes the glorious future visible Theophany. Read more »

The Freedom to Choose How We See Life
August 01, 2022
Often we cannot determine what happens to us. Yet we can choose how we respond to all the unexpected and unfortunate situations that confront us. Read more »

Building Hope and Changing Lives (Ours and Others) in Mexico
July 25, 2022
A few days at Project Mexico is a condensed version of what life should be. It’s a life beginning and ending with prayer, yet including hard work, struggle, good conversation, laughter, sharing meals, caring for others, watching sunsets, dancing, praying through it all, and most importantly, loving deeply and fiercely. Read more »

Freedom in Christ
July 04, 2022
Who is really free?  And who is really in bondage?  Is someone free who lives in a so-called free country? Are we free when we can do whatever they want?  If someone is in prison, does that mean they are not free?  Read more »

We Value Life
June 26, 2022
These past days our nation’s attention has focused on the Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v Wade and the impact this will have in the lives of countless people. We have millions of people rejoicing that this ruling brings protection to the most vulnerable and defenseless of society – the new life in a womb. At the same time millions of other people are scared and angry. Read more »

Glorify God Through the Mystery of Life
June 05, 2022
"Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you.” Our Lord is praying that that Father may glorify Him and yet, Christ knows what’s going to happen. Read more »

We Need to Do More than Pray and Offer Good Thoughts
May 29, 2022
The “unthinkable” has happened once again with the latest school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Unfortunately, such tragic events are NOT so unthinkable anymore. Read more »

Celebrating 100 Years with Pascha Joy
May 15, 2022
What a special celebration our Saints Constantine and Helen Church Family enjoyed last weekend! After postponing our 100th Anniversary Celebration twice because of COVID, we finally concluded our centennial celebration when 190 of us gathered for a Gala celebration. Read more »

Believe in Christ and Experience Life
May 01, 2022
“Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.” Read more »

Hades Cries Out
April 24, 2022
Hades and Fr Luke have an intense dialogue about the Resurrection of Jesus Christ! Read more »

Greatness in God's Eyes
April 10, 2022
What is greatness? How do you perceive greatness? How do you think God perceives greatness? Read more »

All Things are Possible
April 03, 2022
How many of us believe that we can truly change? To change old habits and deeply rooted patterns of behavior? How many of us deeply believe that we overcome common vices that have been a part of our lives throughout all the years and trust that Christ-like virtues can replace them? Read more »

Through the Cross We Have Joy
March 27, 2022
“Christianity is a joyless religions.” Alexander Schmemann once stated that the greatest accusation made against followers of Jesus Christ is that they are people who have no joy! Read more »

Priceless Friendships Through Our Journey of Life
March 20, 2022
How many of us have friends? Obviously we all have friends but what type of friends do we have and what do we value most in our cherished friendships? Read more »

Truth versus Falsehood
March 13, 2022
What is true and what is false? In our world today, anyone can post anything they want on the internet, and with slick marketing along with the big tech algorithms, they can fool countless people to embrace totally false information. Read more »

Cultivating the Spirit of Mercy and Forgiveness
March 06, 2022
How do we pray for the tragic situation in Ukraine? The world’s eyes are turned toward the heart-rending and catastrophic events occurring there and as Christians we are called to fervently pray for peace and healing. War entails such evil and atrocities. Yet, when Elder Zacharias of St. John’s Monastery in Essex, England was asked about the conflict, he responded with profound words of wisdom: Read more »

Do You Want to Meet God?
February 27, 2022
How many of us would like to meet God? Think about this. To meet God face to face. Would we be excited and anticipate such a meeting with joy, or would we be afraid, quite fearful to truly encounter Him? Read more »

Return from Exile
February 20, 2022
To be exiled is a terrible punishment. Yet, Fr. Alexander Schmemann uses this idea of exile to describe the condition of the Prodigal Son in today’s Gospel story, as well as to describe the condition that each one of us needs to understand and act upon in our own relationship with God. Read more »

Super Bowl Prep for our Journey of Lent
February 13, 2022
Who’s going to watch the Super Bowl tonight? It’s the biggest sporting event of the year! The Cincinnati Bengals haven’t been in the Super Bowl for 34 years. In the last 32 years, they haven’t even won a playoff game. Read more »

Humble Boldness
February 06, 2022
Humble boldness. Think of these two words. Do they fit with together? Read more »

The Spirit of Giving according to the Three Hierarchs
January 30, 2022
Wow! What a statement. Seek to distinguish yourself from others only in your generosity! Be like gods to the poor, imitating God’s mercy. What a beautiful way to distinguish ourselves!!! Read more »

Am I the First Among Sinners?
January 23, 2022
Why would Saint Paul call himself the “first among sinners” in today’s Epistle Reading? Why? How about us? Are we the first among sinners? Read more »

Do We Act Differently Than Others?
January 16, 2022
Do followers of Jesus Christ act differently than people who claim no faith? Think about that. When followers of Jesus discuss politics, do they act in a more understanding way? When Orthodox Christians discuss with someone who disagrees with them about masks and vaccines, do they respond differently? Read more »

Remember January 6th
January 09, 2022
Remember January 6th! What does that mean for you? What emotions and feeling, hopes and fears does it raise in you? Well, for me it was a glorious day! Read more »

Seven Lessons for the New Year from St. Seraphim of Sarov
January 02, 2022
"Acquire inner peace and thousands around you will be saved." This is one of seven lessons we can learn from St. Seraphim of Sarov. Read more »

The Freedom to Choose How We See Life
January 01, 1970
Janet Hourihan Brooks is an amazing woman. She has suffered through aggressive metastatic pancreatic cancer for the past six years. Yet she is one of the most positive people I know, Read more »

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The Lord said: "If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” Let’s take a moment and reflect on what Jesus is saying here. It’s pretty radical and counter-intuitive. If any of us want to come after him, to follow him, to become one of His disciples, what’s the first thing we must do? Read more »

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