Knowing where we came from is important in many ways, especially in preparing for where we are going. I’m not talking just about the our physical birth and ancestry, but also our faith and family’s spiritual heritage. Today we hear the Gospel from Matthew 1, which begins with “The book of the Genealogy of Jesus Christ.”
There are basic events and morals to every story. In this Gospel story about the bowed woman, of course we learned about Christ's mercy, and his power to heal. But sometimes there are secondary meanings in addition to the obvious details.
In today’s reflection from the bulletin and the Youth Sermon, we talked about light and darkness, seeing or being blind, belief versus unbelief. The beggar from the Gospel reading, Bartimaeus, had heard about Jesus and His miracles before meeting Him that day. He was also familiar with the Old Testament, the Law and the Prophets. His sense of hearing was heightened since he wasn’t able to use his eyes, and he was both prepared and eager to encounter the Messiah.
When we read Luke 18:18 again or even the version in Matthew 19:16, we can understand that the young rich ruler earnestly desires something greater than what he has. He desires eternal life, but, what exactly does he believe that looks like? Will eternal life be a continuation of the sumptuous and material-filled life he’s already experienced? I know I can relate with this sense of eternal life, because it’s easy and it means you get to keep all your stuff! But, there’s one big problem with this,
How can we relate with this rich man, whom God refers to as a “Fool?” While many of us aren’t familiar with storing crops and an abundance of goods, what things do we have in abundance that may prevent our eyes from focusing on God and others? What we encounter in this story is wealth and thanksgiving, a most important lesson right before we sit together with our families and loved ones to celebrate this special American holiday. The foolish [...]
JUST Good?? This Sunday's Gospel reading in Luke 10:25-37 is frequently referred to as the story about "The Good Samaritan." Interestingly enough, the word, “good” appears nowhere in the passage. I think the word "good" is understood today as a fairly weak word -- something like "nice" or "okay." So we might not think the Samaritan did anything too special just by using the description of "good." In fact, the Samaritan man did far more than something nice for the person who was dying on the side of the road. He not only went out of his way to help, but he saved the man's life through his own sacrificial efforts.
I finally just saw Avengers End Game. I, like many of you, was also surprised at the fate of Iron Man, who is this amazingly strong super hero that we believed was indestructible. Just like in the Gospel story today from Luke 16:19-31, we see another amazing contrast. Read more
Do you remember last week’s Gospel? Today’s Epistle reading reminds us about the sower and his seeds. In Luke 8:5, the seed was the Word of God. Now, we have a chance to reflect on what that means for our life. What is our response to the many blessings God continues to give us? If we are sowers and spread the seeds so they may grow and provide fruit, how does that touch others’ lives? God has blessed [...]
Reflections on today’s commemoration by Fr. Angelo—October 13, 2019 Can you imagine our church without icons? Today we remember the Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council, who met in Nicea in 787 A.D. At this council, they defended our faith against the “iconoclasts” or “icon-smashers” who wanted to destroy all holy icons. The Holy Fathers maintained the teaching that icons are forms of spirituality and used for Christian education. They taught that icons are not to be worshiped, but [...]
My hope for this site is to provide our Sts. Constantine and Helen families with all the resources you need to stay involved in our parish -- events, links, etc. -- in one place. I also hope to provide timely insights into the Gospel readings for each week, as well as other important topics for Orthodox Christian parents, who have been entrusted by the Lord to raise children to "draw near" to Him with faith and love. If you [...]