Fr. Rick's Sermons
Sunday, February 08, 2015
Today’s Gospel reading (of the 17th Sunday of Luke 15:11-32) is commonly known as the “Parable of the Prodigal Son” (Greek = ‘Asotou’). It is read every year between the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee and the Sunday of Meatfare.
Sunday, February 01, 2015
Today we commemorate St. Tryphon the Martyr. He was born in the village of Lampsakos, in the district of Phyrgia of Asia Minor. Even from a young age, Tryphon was given the power to cast out demons and to heal various illnesses.
Sunday, January 25, 2015
When you were young did you ever taken money from the parents’ purse or wallet without asking them or telling them? How much was it? $1, $5, $50 or more? And what happened when they discovered it missing and determined that you took it? What if they never found out? Did you have a enough remorse and guilt to admit to them
Sunday, January 18, 2015
“God became man so that man could become God” (repeat). If this phrase sounds familiar, it should because it was a main theme of my sermon a few weeks ago on the Sunday before the Nativity of Christ. And you may also remember that this phrase (repeat) is attributed to St. Athanasios the Great.
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Last week we talked about the power of the Holy Spirit. We also mentioned the power of electricity. Electricity is what gives us light when it is dark. In the natural world, light is like water. It is one of our basic necessities. Without the light of the sun, nothing would grow.
Sunday, January 04, 2015
What would we do right now if the power went out? Could we function without electricity? Could we celebrate the Divine Liturgy? The answer is yes. It might be a little colder and it might be a little darker but we can still worship God with the keri (was candles) and candili (oil lamps) to give us light and warmth.
Sunday, December 28, 2014
The New Deal domestic agenda of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the 1940s was a government response to the effects of the Great Depression in the 1930s. In the late 1960s President Lyndon Johnson launched his own program called the Great Society. Its main goal was to eliminate poverty and racial injustice.
Sunday, December 21, 2014
If someone asked you to sum up your faith belief in one sentence, what would you say? How can we encapsulate Christianity in a single phrase? Try this one: “God became man so that man could become God.” This is not a something I just thought of.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Ella is not just a woman’s name.
Sunday, December 07, 2014
The state of healthcare in the United States continues to be strongly debated. People are concerned about accessibility and affordability. No doubt, a tremendous amount of resources are spent on healthcare each year. Some estimate that to be around 3 trillion dollars per year.
Sunday, November 30, 2014
On this day November 30th each year we commemorate the Apostle Andrew who is called ‘Protokletos’ or ‘First-Called.’ He was the first of the Apostles to by Jesus Christ to become one of His followers as recorded in today’s Gospel reading (John 1:35-52; see also Mt.4:18-22;
Sunday, November 16, 2014
STATE OF THE PARISH ADDRESS 2014
Sunday, November 09, 2014
Some things never change! How often do we say this when we encounter someone doing something over and over that annoys us. There is nothing new under the sun! That’s another saying we use when a societal trend, like contentious political campaigning with opponents smearing each other occurs.
Sunday, November 02, 2014
The pastor of a large parish ran an ad for a caretaker-groundskeeper.
Sunday, October 26, 2014
What is your name? This is not an uncommon question. “Hello, my name is Fr. Rick. What’s your name?” This is one of the first ways we begin to know another person.
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