Claiming Our Share in His Divinity

The saying “Know yourself” means therefore that we should recognize and acknowledge in ourselves the God who made us in his own image, for if we do this, we in turn will be recognized and acknowledged by our Maker. So…

What are you Giving for Christmas?

At Christmas we often think, and rightfully so, of God’s gift of Jesus to the world. We celebrate and rejoice that God has been born into this world as one of us. God is with us in a new way.…

God the Unbearable, A Sermon on the Holy Trinity

I do not intend to try and explain the Holy Trinity, one God in three persons. Some might hear that as a strange or even unfaithful beginning for a sermon on this day, the Feast of the Holy Trinity. Others,…

God’s Conspiracy Gives Life

Jesus “breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit’” (John 20:22). Recall a moment when you held another person so close that you could hear his or her breathing, the sound of life. Maybe it was your…

The Grammar of Resurrection

What does grammar have to do with resurrection? A lot. It is theologically significant. It answers the “who” question. Hidden within the grammar is the power of God. Sometimes this is easier to see in the Greek than in the English…

Christ is the Fruit of the Faithful

"You see that Mary did not doubt but believed and therefore obtained the fruit of faith. 'Blessed … are you who have believed.' But you also are blessed who have heard and believed. For a soul that has believed has…

Remembering St. John of Damascus

Today, December 4, is the Feast of St. John of Damascus. The following are posts on this blog related to St. John: Why Matter Matters The Feast of St. John of Damascus The Feast of the Transfiguration A Strange Mystery…

Becoming an Icon of Divine Blessedness

If you seek after God with all your heart and all your strength, then the virtues of your soul and body will turn you into a mirror of the image of God within. You will be so merged in God,…

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