Sunday 6 of Pascha – The Blind Man

On this Sunday before the Feast of the Ascension of Christ, the Church calls to our attention the Gospel of the man born blind. In this miracle, Jesus draws a distinction between two different types of blindness. The Pharisees couldn’t see that Jesus was the promised Messiah and yet, the blind man came to see…

Sunday 5 of Pascha – The Samaritan Woman

In today’s gospel we see that Christ intentionally breaks two of the laws that were binding on the Jews. Samaritans were a sect, regarded as heretics by the Jews. In fact, there was a saying among the Jews: “May I never set eyes on a Samaritan!” Observant Jews would actually close their eyes when a…

Sunday 4 of Pascha – The Paralytic

The Lord Jesus asks the paralytic man in today’s gospel a simple and direct question, “Do you want to be healed?” Instead of directly answering, the paralytic says “The reason I have been laying here all these years is because no one will help me”. Faith, as Holy Church tells us, is the quality of…

Sunday of the Holy Myrrh-bearing Women

With even just a cursory glance through the Church calendar, we notice that the overwhelming majority of saint’s names belong to men, so some people call the Church “a man’s world.” Yet today, this third Sunday of Pascha, as we continue celebrating the event that changes history and all creation, we celebrate the memory of…

St. Thomas Sunday

In the Orthodox world, the Sunday after Easter is known as ‘Antipascha’, which means the Sunday facing Easter. In other words, similar to a mirror, this Sunday reflects the light of Easter. Today we celebrate Thomas Sunday, a day when our Lord appeared to Apostle Thomas and he said he wouldn’t believe His Resurrection until…

Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem – Palm Sunday

Today’s triumphal procession, described in our Gospel, is the beginning of Christ’s Passion: the people expected a king, a leader – and they found the Saviour of their souls. Nothing embitters a person so much as a lost, a disappointed hope; and that explains why people who could receive Him like that, turned their backs…

Sunday 5 of Great Lent – Venerable St. Mary of Egypt

On the fifth Sunday of the Great Fast, the Orthodox Church commemorates a woman who, after 17 years of sinful living in Alexandria in Egypt, found Grace through repentance in Jerusalem at the Church of the Holy Resurrection, and then spent nearly 50 years in the desert beyond the Jordan in spiritual labour and rejoicing. The…

Sunday 4 of Great Lent – St. John Climacus

Today’s gospel tells us about the healing, at the request of his father, of the boy who is possessed of a demon. This boy is cast into the fire and into the water by deaf and dumb demon. According to the holy fathers, deaf because he would not allow the boy to hear the word…

Sunday 3 of Great Lent – Adoration of the Life-giving Cross

In today’s gospel Jesus says: “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” This denial does not mean depriving ourselves of the necessities of life, nor does it mean we must become paupers and live in rags. Neither does it mean we must lose our…

Sunday 2 of Great Lent – St. Gregory Palamas

Today’s gospel says that our faith without actions is dead. Anyone can claim to have faith, but it remains dead as long as we fail to take an initiative. The house in which Jesus was teaching was full because there was a large crowd pushing around and the entrance was blocked. Carrying a paralytic and…