Fr. Rick's Sermons

What is Faith in Christ
Sunday, May 03, 2009

   Most of us probably think there is one Gospel reading for the Orthodox Funeral Service. That is for good reason because only one passage, John 5:24-30, is read in the Greek Orthodox practice. However, the ancient tradition calls for a different reading for each day of the week.

Believing without Seeing
Sunday, April 26, 2009

   Christ is Risen! This is our greeting of the past week since the celebration of Pascha and we will continue to use it for the next five weeks in order to spread the Good News that Jesus our Lord has defeated sin and death.

The Sign of Jonah
Sunday, April 19, 2009

A little less than half way through the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 12 we hear that:

38Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered [Jesus], saying, ?Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.? 39But He answered and said to them,

   Between the strict Fast of Great and Holy Lent and the austere Fast of Great and Holy Week is a two day period of great joy and celebrating. It?s kind of like a soldier who goes through basic training and then gets a furlough before having to report for duty on the battlefield.

The High Priesthood of Christ
Sunday, April 05, 2009

   If we have been reading the scriptures regularly during Great Lent according to the Lectionary of the Church, we notice that the Epistle readings on Sundays all come from the book of Hebrews. Why is this? Plain and simple, one of the main themes of Hebrews is the High Priesthood of Jesus Christ.

The Rewards of Fasting
Sunday, March 29, 2009

   Have you ever felt like you have a problem that never goes away? Or you feel like you have one problem after the next? They just keeps coming and coming?somewhat relentlessly. Most of us do, if you do not, you are blessed. Most of us are fighting against problems in our life.

The Road Less Traveled
Sunday, March 22, 2009

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Spiritual Paralysis
Sunday, March 15, 2009

   In today?s gospel reading, the Second Sunday of Great Lent, we read from Mark 2:1-12 and we hear about the Paralytic at the town of Capernaum. What or who is a ?paralytic?? ?Paralytikos? comes from ?paralysis/paralyo? in Greek which is the same word we use in English.

Come and See
Sunday, March 08, 2009

   Dwight Moody told a story of a man who was asked by his ten-year-old son, ?Daddy, why don?t you ever go to church with us?? The father replied, ?I don?t need to go to church, son. My faith is established.? Later that same day the man drove his horses out of the barn and hitched them to a buggy.

Practical Forgiveness
Sunday, March 01, 2009

   This past Friday, February 27th, we celebrated the life of St. Titus the Presbyter of the Kiev Caves. He was a 12th century priest in a monastery and he fell into a hateful relationship with a deacon named Evagrius.

The Judgement of Love
Sunday, February 22, 2009

   If any of us watch late night television, we may have seen the sitcom ?Friends? which broadcasts old episodes. Now in syndication, it was popular during the 1990s. Back then I didn?t like the show because of its numerous perverted and distorted messages about life.

Practical Humility
Sunday, February 08, 2009

   We talk a lot about humility but sometimes we have difficulty realizing what it truly is and how to practice it.

Don't Give Up- Persist in Prayer
Sunday, February 01, 2009

   Those of us who live and drive in Minnesota can appreciate the following short story. A hesitant driver, waiting for traffic to clear, came to a complete stop on a freeway on-ramp. The traffic thinned, but the intimidated driver still waited.

The Paradox of Zacchaeus
Sunday, January 25, 2009

   Just about everyone has climbed a tree as a young kid. Our adventuresome nature gave us, sometimes to our surprise a new perspective on life. We could now see the whole neighborhood and could see beyond to other neighborhoods too.

Sanctity of Life in Culture
Sunday, January 18, 2009

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