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Blessed Martyrs of Pratulin

Today is the anniversary of the massacre of thirteen peasant men and boys who died defending a little Greek Catholic church in what is now Poland. They gathered, with their families and neighbors, to prevent the Russian Imperial government from imposing an...

Mark 10:46-52- You Gotta Want It

Christ is Born! It’s always very disheartening to see a person who has been incredibly gifted with natural ability- whether in music, sports, intelligence etc.- but lacking the drive to do anything with it. This is often noticed especially with teachers who...

Mark 11:11-23- I Don’t Give a Fig!

Christ is Born! Bible quiz- What type of leaves did Adam and Eve sew together to make themselves clothes in the garden of Eden? That’s right, fig leaves! We actually see fig trees in many places in Scripture. The fig tree came to be recognized as a symbol of...

Mark 11:23-26- Mind Your Manners

Christ is Born! I have heard it said, that when you ask the Lord to move a mountain, don’t be surprised if He hands you a shovel. Whatever the method of moving mountains, we need faith to see it through. In today’s reading our Lord reminds us of His amazing...

Mark 11:27-33- The Truth!? You Can’t Handle the Truth!

Christ is Born! Remember when you were younger and there was something you didn’t understand and so you brought it to your parents who realized how long it would take to try to answer the question, and how you wouldn’t get it anyway, and so they said “we’ll...

John 10:9-16 What’s My Motivation?

Christ is Born! “What’s my motivation?” I remember this becoming a half joke among my drama friends back in High School. As an actor struggles to play a character, and to really understand that character from “the inside out,” they would continually ask...

Mark 12:18-27 – Eternal Memory

Christ is Born! What’s your earliest memory? It’s always interesting to ask people this question and see what event stood out in their mind when they were just a little kid. Some people can remember events when they were very young, others have memories which...

Mark 12: 28-37- Shema

Christ is Born! When I was a teacher, I taught a student named Shema. This is the Hebrew word for the Greatest Commandment which is referenced by our Lord in our reading today- to love the Lord with all your heart, with all your soul, all your mind and all your...

Matthew 5:14-19 – Life in the Fishbowl

Christ is Born! Fish seem to be the only pet we can really take care of as a family. Although my kids desperately want a dog, I recently broke and allowed them to get a beta fish which they named dizzy. Dizzy lives in a little bowl on our shelf in the living...

Trust

by Brent Kostyniuk As Christians, one of the things we most strive for is to trust God. Most of us are familiar with the image of Christ with His arms extended towards us, offering His Divine Love and Protection—Jesus, I trust You—this holy image admonishes us....

Mark 10:17-21- Ask the Photographer

Christ is Born! What is the one thing you will never find in the photo? The photographer of course. In our reading today from the Gospel of Mark we encounter the Rich Young Man, a would-be disciple of the Lord who asked what he must do to inherit eternal life....

Luke 16:17-23- Blessed are the Needy

Christ is Born! Are you one of those “needy people?” I sure hope so. If we had to describe the people who come to the Lord in today’s reading with one word it would certainly have to be “needy.” They had diseases. They were troubled by evil spirits. They needed...

Mark 9:33-41- Chicken or egg? Faith or Works?

Christ is Born! During our largest season of communal repentance- Great and Holy Lent- one of the ascetical practices we practice are prostrations. Over and over and over again we bow completely to the floor touching our heads on the ground. After the canon of...

Mark 9:10-16- A Little Foolishness [Spoilers: Rogue One]

Christ is Born! From the outside looking in there are many situations which appear as though the good guys have lost because they are silenced. The latest Star Wars Movie “Rogue One” is a great story of standing up to evil and inspiring hope- a story filled...

Matthew 3:13-17- A Community of Persons

Christ is Baptized! At the World Meeting of Families, during the Papal visit to Philadelphia in 2015, a little boy asked Pope Francis what “God did with all His time before He created the world.” The Holy Father paused for a few seconds and then responded “He...

Luke 3:1-18- On the Road to Meet the Saviour

Christ is Born! My grandfather spent many years as a draftsman working to design our highways. Years later my father would work with the construction crews which would actually level the ground and imprint the road not only on the map, but on the earth itself....

Luke 21:5-7, 10-11, 20-24- Missionaries, Not Tourists

Christ is Born! I remember the drastic change in mood in the story “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” when Lucy has tea with Mr. Tumnus. To that point in the story she had accidentally slipped into what seemed a private magical world in an upstairs wardrobe...

Matthew 21:33-42 We’re Servants, not Owners

Christ is Born! It happens time and time again throughout history, as well as in literature. From Hamlet to Narnia to Gondor one constant theme is the story of a steward, who by lies and treachery, tries to steal the throne for himself. The lure of power can...

Mark 12:28-38: We CAN Get Satisfaction!

Christ is Born! Glorify Him! What is the meaning and purpose of life? Many people ask this question, looking for fulfillment, direction and purpose, especially today in our confused world. A collective and hungry cry can be heard from our world, which is...

Theotokos – She Who Bore God

CHURCHES AND INDIVIDUAL CHRISTIANS of many traditions are displaying Nativity scenes this season. All of them will include an image of the Virgin Mary, although there are serious differences in how these Christians view her. The historic Churches, Eastern and...

Mark 11:27-33- Turn your Back…for Their Sake!

Glory be to Jesus Christ! I remember when I was young and at the orchestra for the first time being awed and amazed at the amazing music and the pomp and majesty of all the instruments playing together. It was all so magical and inspiring. The one thing that...

The Virgin Has Conceived

WITH THE FIRST SCENT of cooler weather in the air, merchants begin marketing potential Christmas gifts. As the holiday nears, the shopping frenzy intensifies with music, parties and decorations all telling us “Hurry up and buy something.” Our Church, on the...

Mark 11:23-25- Forgiveness: A Prerequisite to Prayer

Glory be to Jesus Christ! Nothing causes more disturbance in a household than when children fight with one another. A silly squabble often spreads ill will and hostility to other members of the family. The blame game begins and quickly spreads to other...

Mark 11:11-23- The Reason for the Season

Glory be to Jesus Christ! Imagine if you were a Gentile living in the time of our Lord and didn’t know much about the God of the Jewish people, and so wanting to know more, you went to the Temple to check it out. You were allowed into the “Court of the...

A Christmas Icon

by Brent Kostyniuk In you, O Full of Grace, all creation rejoices: the angelic ranks and all the human race. Sanctified temple and spiritual paradise, virgins’ pride and boast, from whom God is made flesh and became a little Child; and He Who is our God before...

Mark 10:23-31- Shed Those Chains

Glory be to Jesus Christ! One of the most terrifying characters of any story, but especially a story which is pertinent to us this time of year, is the Ghost of Marley, Scrooge’s business partner in “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. Marley appears to...

Mark 10:11-16- I Did it His Way

Glory be to Jesus Christ! In 1969 Frank Sinatra released “My Way” a song which would become immensely popular. Not only would it be a hit for Sinatra himself, but for Elvis Presley amoung others. It would spend 75 weeks on the UK Top 40, a record still to this...

Mark 10:2-12- Unrandom Unions

Glory be to Jesus Christ! When I taught Junior High School a word the students thew around quite a bit to describe a surprising or interesting situation was the word “random.” In fact, they used it in so many stations that the definition and meaning of the word...

Enough vs. Abundance

DAY AFTER DAY Christians say the Lord’s Prayer, asking God to “give us this day our daily bread,” that is, to provide us with what we need for today. The rich man in Christ’s parable (Luke 12:16-22) clearly has a different perspective. He is not just concerned...

Mark 9:42-10:1- What’s Your Salt Content?

Glory be to Jesus Christ! Why is it that we enjoy French Fries so much? Because of the salt. In fact, the salt content is the reason why we enjoy most foods. If you take out the salt you will find very quickly that food stops tasting very good. In our reading...

Priesthood in God’s Plan

THERE ARE ALL KINDS OF PRIESTS in the world. Most Eastern religions (e.g. Hindu, Shinto or Buddhist religions) have priests, generally for the performance of their temple rituals. What is the Christian priesthood and is it different from these examples or from...

Luke 8:16-21- Be a Light

Glory be to Jesus Christ! It has been said that a country which refuses to protect its boarders is not really a country. There might be a map, citizenship ceremonies and responsibilities etc., but at the end of the day it can be taken and ended. The same is...

“You Are All One in Christ Jesus”

“ALL OF YOU who have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ, alleluia.” This verse, sung at baptisms in Byzantine churches, is taken from the passage read at today’s Divine Liturgy (Galatians 3:23-4:5). The newly baptized is processed around the...

Mark 9:10-16- True Discipleship

Glory be to Jesus Christ! At first glance our reading today seems a little confusing, and no doubt, as it is a short passage which relates the conversation the Disciples have with Our Lord as they descend the mountain after the Transfiguration. We must remember...

Mark 8:30-34- Get Behind Me Satan!

Glory be to Jesus Christ! Get behind me Satan! There are some of the strongest words uttered against someone by our Lord in all the gospels- period! It only appears even more harsh considering the fact that it comes a few verses after Peter correctly identifies...