Fr. Rick's Sermons

God is Within Us
Sunday, May 31, 2015

There is a lot of violence, suffering and death in the world around us. The continuing war in the Middle East, the increasing murders in Baltimore and Chicago, the tragic deaths all over our own Twin Cities, whether due to crime, illness or accident. It all seems very tragic and at times random.

Jesus Prays for Us Too
Sunday, May 24, 2015

I need a volunteer for today’s sermon. It does not mean that you will give the sermon but it does mean that you will become part of today’s sermon. Who would like to volunteer? Okay, _____ has volunteered.

Spiritual Blindness
Sunday, May 17, 2015

How many of us have been driving somewhere and arrived without being aware of what route we travelled or cannot remember anything along the way? This typically happens when our mind is preoccupied with something, an important deadline at work, a close friend or family member is seriously ill, a dear loved one who died r

Oral and Written Tradition
Sunday, April 19, 2015

How many of us, in sharing our experiences of Holy Week and other elements of our Greek Orthodox Faith and Church, hear a response like, “Mmmm, that’s not in the Bible is it?” If someone said to us, “Sola Scriptura&rdquo

Job Prefigures Jesus
Sunday, April 12, 2015

Are you suffering? Are you hurting? Are you in pain? What is the nature of your difficulties? Suffering is one of the most common experiences of us human beings. We do not live in a perfect world.

God's Laundry List
Sunday, April 05, 2015

How many of us, in preparing for the coming Feast of Pascha, have a laundry list of things to do? Especially if we are hosting friends and relatives, we have lots of preparations to make: cleaning, food preparation, getting extra chairs, and the like.

In today’s Epistle reading (Hebrews 9:11-14) for the Fifth Sunday of Great and Holy Lent, it begins with this verse: 11But Christ came as

How to Climb the Ladder
Sunday, March 22, 2015

How many of us have used a ladder lately? If we are too old or too young, hopefully we have not used a ladder lately! A short stepladder has big steps that one can stand on but it doesn’t go very high. A tall ladder has small steps.

Long Road Trip or Direct Flight
Sunday, March 15, 2015

Some of us are old enough to remember long car rides in cross-country vacations, going from state to state to see relatives, family, friends, national parks, scenic sights and historical places. Did it all happen in one day? No, there were stops along the way: to get gas, go to the bathroom, and/or rest for the night.

Spiritual Paralysis
Sunday, March 08, 2015

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.

God Sees Us
Sunday, March 01, 2015

When we were little kids how often did we say to our parents: “Mom, mom, look at me…Dad, dad, watch this…” We may have had something new or novel that we discovered or mastered and we wanted to show what we could do. It was important to us that our mom and dad saw us.

How to Fast from Food
Sunday, February 22, 2015

A group of Orthodox Christians were socializing and engaging in conversation.

Nice Jesus?
Sunday, February 15, 2015

How many of us have pets? Perhaps a dog or a cat or hamster? And do we notice how we talk to our pets? Often, we talk to them like we talk to babies, infants and toddlers—with an exaggerated affectionate voice. Good doggie, nice kitty. You’re so cute. You’re nice and cuddly.

Parable of the Loving-Forgiving Father
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.

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