At the recent synod meeting in Avlona, Greece, I had the opportunity to sit down and visit with Abp. Gavrilo of Moravia about his missionary work on behalf of the True Orthodox in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The interview can be heard here:
14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick. 15 And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals. 16 But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat. 17 And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes. 18 He said, Bring them hither to me. 19 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. 20 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. 21 And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children. 22 And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away.
The Gospel reading of the Five Loaves and Two Fish, also known as the Feeding of the 5000, is one of the most popular Gospel stories and frequently preached on. The problem is, when you engage in self-interpretation, you can imagine so many lessons that might be intended here. But was that the intent of the author of the Gospel? In this homily, we will look at the historic understanding of this miracle, and why self-interpretation can lead us away from truth and the important questions raised by this account.
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On the Sunday of All Saints of North America, Fr. Irineos examines the question of "What is a Saint?" by looking at the readings from Vespers and the Epistle for this Sunday.
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On Pentecost Sunday, Fr. Irineos reflects on the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles, and the founding of the Church. He also discusses how, though the Spirit may lead us into all Truth, this is only possible through the guidance of the Light of Christ.
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On the Sunday of the Blind Man, where we also commemorate the Holy Evangelist John (May 8 OS), Fr. Irineos discusses how we can put the lessons from today's readings (and John's Gospel) to work in our daily lives.
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Fr. Irineos reflects on the Apostle Thomas’s unbelief, changed to belief with his touching of the Risen Lord, and how we remain blessed by his confession of that which his eyes did not see. Listen to “Blessed by Unbelief – Homily for Thomas Sunday” on Spreaker. Today’s Gospel John 20:19-31 19 Then the same day Read more about Blessed by Unbelief – Homily on Thomas Sunday[…]
In today’s homily for Palm Sunday, Fr. Irineos urges us to intensify our preparation as we journey with our Savior to the Cross. (Rough transcript below) Listen to “The Humble King Enters – Homily for Palm Sunday” on Spreaker. Today the King of Glory comes to the Gates of Jerusalem and enters in, seated Read more about The Humble King Enters – Homily for Palm Sunday[…]
On the Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy, Fr. Irineos discusses the historical context of the controversy over icons, their role in Orthodox tradition, and why matter is appropriate for veneration. The homily closes with a reflection on the relationship between us and the material world as viewed by secular society and by the Church. Read more about Matter Matters: Homily on the Sunday of Orthodoxy[…]
On Forgiveness Sunday, Fr. Irineos talks about the transformative objective of Lent, contrasting it to the usual conception of Lent in our society. Listen to “What is Lent? – Homily on Forgiveness Sunday” on Spreaker. Matthew 6:14-21 14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15 But if Read more about What is Lent? – A Homily on Forgiveness Sunday[…]
On the Sunday of the Last Judgment, Fr. Irineos examines the Gospel reading to illustrate the importance of our works and our deeds at the time of the judgment of Christ, and offers assurance that we can indeed be counted among the sheep at the time of the dread judgment. Listen to “May We Be Read more about May We Be Counted Among the Sheep – Homily for the Sunday of the Last Judgment[…]