Sermons from St. Sophia, Bellingham, Washington

Forgiveness Sunday - The Eviction of Adam from Paradise

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By St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church
Sunday Homilies from St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Christian Church in Bellingham, Washington.
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4th Sunday of Luke- The Parable of the Sower
The Parable from a different perspective. How one person can be different types of “soils” throughout their lives. The etymology of the word “peace” in Greek “eirini.” Gospel Reading: Luke 8:5-15 The Lord said this parable: "A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell along the path, and was trodden under foot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns grew with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew, and yielded a hundredfold." And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, he said, "To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God; but for others they are in parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, that they may not believe and be saved. And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy; but these have no root, they believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. And as for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bring forth fruit with patience." As he said these things, he cried out "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
October 13, 2019
3rd Sunday of Luke: The Widow of Nain and the Emergency Nature of the Gospel
St Paul speaks about the “Acceptable Time” of preaching the Gospel and the urgency with which apostles preach the good news. The urgency to preach the good news of Jesus Christ in the Orthodox Funeral service. Jesus, like a first responder, runs straight to the crisis of his beloved mankind.
October 6, 2019
2nd Sunday of Luke - Loving Your Enemies as the Citizenship Test for The Heavenly Kingdom
Jesus gives new commandments to His disciples to love their enemies, lend without expecting anything in return, and to be merciful as God is merciful. The impossibility of following these commandments unless we imitate Jesus Himself and depend on His Power and grace. How you can fulfill the commanded by at least hating your enemies a little bit less every day.
September 29, 2019
Sunday After the Elevation of the Holy Cross- The Logo of the Cross
How the Cross is the “Logo” of the Orthodox Church that speaks to the world. The subtleties of the Orthodox icon of the Crucifixion explained.
September 15, 2019
Church New Year: Living in the “Acceptable Year of the Lord”
What is the “Indiction”? Why does the Orthodox Church New Year begin on September 1st? Jesus begins his mission in Nazareth with the controversial teaching that He fulfills the words of the prophets. The Greek versus the Christian view of time. For Orthodox Christians, the liturgical year immerses the Faithful in the “Acceptable Tear of the Lord.”
September 2, 2019
10th Sunday of Matthew - Prayer, Fasting and “The One True Thing”
Jesus gives His disciples the exact reason for their inability to heal a demon possessed boy: Their lack of faith. In other words, their connection with their Lord was lacking.... they neglected sitting at the Lord’s feet to learn and to be trained as His disciples.
August 25, 2019
9th Sunday of Matthew: Jesus Walks on Water
Why are Orthodox Christians and Their Churches so “Serious”?
August 18, 2019
8th Sunday of Matthew: You Do Not Have to Be the Smartest Guy in the Room to Be a True Christian....
You Do Not Have to Be the Smartest Guy in the Room to Be an Orthodox Christian.... Just Believe in and Live By the Power and Wisdom of God Revealed in Christ Crucified
August 11, 2019
Holy Transfiguration: What the Church Sings About the Transfiguration of Our Lord
Holy Transfiguration: What the Church Sings About the Transfiguration of Our Lord
August 6, 2019
7th Sunday of Matthew/ The Two Blind Men Healed By Jesus as a model of Discipleship
The Two Blind Men Healed By Jesus as a model of Discipleship.
August 5, 2019
6th Sunday of Matthew 2019 - Jesus’ Authority to Forgive Our Sins
Through three miracles Jesus reveals that he has the authority to forgive sins. His whole life work and ministry is to forgive sins.
July 28, 2019
3rd Sunday of Matthew: “The Eye is the Lamp of the Soul”... The Simple versus the Evil “Eye”
The word for “anxiety” in Greek means much more that just “anxious.” How a “sound” eye differs from an “unsound” eye.
July 7, 2019
Sanctified by God Through Endurance: Sunday of All Saints
God sanctifies His saints through their endurance. What does holy “endurance” look like? What can putting up with aggravating people and circumstances do for the Christian? Endurance and patience defines the Christian.
June 24, 2019
Holy Pentecost and the The Same Minded Church.
Two aspects of Pentecost. 1) At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit descended on the Church that met “with one mind.” 2) Old Testament Pentecost and how it relates to the Christian Pentecost.
June 16, 2019
Theology that Bestows Eternal Life- Sunday of the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council.
True theology bestows eternal life. The foundation of our life-giving Orthodox Church. Every once in a while we need a theological tuneup. How the Orthodox Church interprets holy scripture.
June 9, 2019
Beyond a Shadow of a Doubt: Jesus is God - 6th Sunday of Pascha - The Man Born Blind -
The Pharisees “prosecute” Jesus on the grounds that he is a blasphemer. From the Pharisees’ perspective that prosecution goes horribly wrong. Through the divine miracle of healing a man born with no eyes, by fashioning eyes for him, Jesus reveals that His teachings of His divine origin are true. The guileless man born blind is a key witness to Jesus’ divinity.
June 2, 2019
God Thirsts for Mankind... Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
The passage on the Samaritan Woman at Jacob’s Well shows that before a man or woman thirsts for God, God thirsts for man.
May 26, 2019
Sunday of the Paralytic 2019
The Pool at Bethesda gathered a hopeful people as a “proto-Church.” Why is this seemingly non resurrectional Gospel passage placed during the Paschal season? Jesus’ miracles pointed and prepared men and women for His Holy Resurrection. The risen Christ fulfills all miracles.
May 20, 2019
Sunday of the Myrrh Bearing Women 2019
We Orthodox celebrate the Resurrection as a 40+ fay season so to make the Paschal spirit a way of life. The sublime service of the Myrrh Bearing Women. Why we celebrate the Resurrection at exactly midnight. The Holy Fire of Jerusalem.
May 12, 2019
Sunday of Thomas 2019
Faith in the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the hinge upon which everything turns. Faith in the resurrection is an all or nothing proposition… Either Jesus has risen from the dead and we are saved or he has not and we remain in our sins. Orthodox Christianity teaches that Christ is risen From the dead end by his death has trampled down death and to those in the tombs He is bestowing life!
May 5, 2019
Holy Friday Lamentations
Holy Friday Lamentations
April 30, 2019
Palm Sunday 2019 - Out of the Mouths of Babes Shall Come Pure Praise
Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem was a movement of children. We must become like children to recognize and worship God in spirit and truth.
April 22, 2019
From Bad Childhood to the Good Life with Christ: St. Mary of Egypt
Many of us struggle with overcoming our pasts. The story of St. Mary of Egypt is one of a bad early life that led to a good adult life. She struggled, with the power of Christ and mentorship of the Theotokos, to create a new life of constant repentance. Her story of repentance is so powerful, that the Orthodox Church lifts up her life story on the Fifth Sunday of Lent as an example to remember and imitate in our own struggle of repentance that leads to a good life with Christ.
April 15, 2019
4th Sunday of Great Lent- St. John Climacus and The Ladder of Divine Ascent
An explanation of the the Icon of the Ladder of Divine Ascent.
April 8, 2019
Mid Lent 2019: The Timely and Well Needed Consolation of the Cross if Christ
The Church Fathers designed this Sunday’s Mid Lent adoration of the Holy Cross to be a consolation and and inspiration to those who are struggling to repent.
April 1, 2019
Sunday of Orthodoxy 2019 - The Solid Foundation of the Orthodox Christian Faith
We are blessed to be Orthodox Christians because it is a faith based on the teachings of Jesus Christ, His Disciples, Apostles and saints.  Icons are not "idols" because while idols depict figments of imagination, icons depict reality... the reality that Jesus Christ is fully God and man, God among us.  The difference between "ancestor worship" and the true veneration/honor of saints.  We are blessed because it is in the Orthodox Church that God meets His People, and His People meet their God.
March 19, 2019
Forgiveness Sunday - The Eviction of Adam from Paradise
Great Lent is the great search for the "normal life" found only in Christ.  What the Church sings about this Sunday's them of the Exile of Adam from Paradise.  Why did Adam cry the most bitter tears of all mankind?  The true treasure found in waking with God versus the pseudo-treasure that Satan uses to deceive us.  How a priest's number one job is to convince everyone that we are already rich in Christ.  Lent is the willful entering into a "spiritual desert" in order to strip away all the secondary and tertiary things in our lives so that the essential things can appear to us. 
March 12, 2019
Meatfare Sunday - The Parable of the Last Judgment
Judgment is paradoxically and mysteriously part of the Good News. Orthodox Christians are called to revere God’s judgment.
March 4, 2019
Sunday of the Prodigal Son 2019
How the Christian Parable of the Prodigal Son differs from the Buddhist Parable of the Prodigal Son.
February 28, 2019
St. Paul, the Apostolic Lifestyle and St. Haralambos
St. Paul addresses the Apostle Timothy on how to be an apostle:  Learn what the Church teaches.  Teach competent people to teach the Gospel.  Be soldier-like in your discipline in doing the work of spreading the Gospel.  The example of St. Haralambos.
February 13, 2019
16th Sunday of Matthew - Parable of the Talents
The Context of the parable.  What do the symbols of the Parable of the Talents teach us?  How did two servants double their "investment"?  Why did the one foolish servant  completely fail?  
February 5, 2019
15th Sunday of Luke - How to Listen to a Sermon - Zacchaios the Tax Collector
Zacchaios is a model of how to hear and respond to the Word of God.  What really pleases God: our fellowship with Him.  
February 5, 2019
12th Sunday of Luke - The Healing of the Ten Lepers - Repentance, Simply Put
Our Lord God is good and compassionate.  We should never fear to return to Him.  We have a God we can admire and love.  Gratitude is the reason for the Liturgy.  This morning's Gospel passage shows that Repentance is about Two things: 1) Realizing that Jesus is God and has done great things for us, and 2) Return physically to His presence to give thanks.  Like the one grateful healed leper, return to Jesus to give thank... making plans to return to be in His physical presence.  For Orthodox Christians, this place is in the Church, the Body of Christ, Sunday mornings for Divine Liturgy.  
January 22, 2019
Sunday After the Theophany - The Inauguration of Jesus' Preaching Ministry
Why do Orthodox Christians call Jesus "the Word"?  After His Baptism, Jesus begins his preaching ministry.  Jesus saves by words and teachings.  He regenerates men's lives by teaching and persuasion.  Even his miracles Jesus meant to draw people to his teachings.  Jesus' preaching ministry has never ended and never will end, but continues through the ministry of the Church.
January 13, 2019
The Sunday Before the Nativity - The Geneaology of Christ
The Genealogy of Our Lord. Why the Orthodox Church still reads this passage just before the Christmas Feast. Jesus descends from a real family, warts and all. The Genealogy is a type of creed, a statement of faith.
December 26, 2018
11th Sunday of Luke - Parable of the Great Banquet - Don't Fall in Love with Exile
Jesus gives a parable about worldly entanglements and lame excuses. We live in a land of exile while anticipating the Heavenly Kingdom promised by Jesus Christ. Jesus entered the land of exile in which we live to draw us to paradise. Do not fall in love with exile. How should Christians live in exile?
December 18, 2018
10th Sunday of Luke - Jesus Heals a Woman on the Sabbath - The Liturgy as True Sabbath Rest
Jesus does not "work" on the Sabbath when He healed the woman, but did what God does: He cared for His Creation. God created the Sabbath so that we would remember that He liberates His people from Slavery and that it is the Lord Who makes us "holy." The Divine Liturgy is a call to holy rest.
December 11, 2018
14th Sunday of Luke - The Blind Man of Jericho
Bartimeaus, the blind beggar healed by Jesus, shows what pure prayer is like. Jesus heard his pure prayer. The blind man shows us that the model of evangelism is simple: share your story of what Jesus has done for you. Spreading good news bears fruit, as seen in how the blind man's story prepared Zaccheus the tax collector to repent before Jesus.
December 5, 2018
13th Sunday of Luke - The Rich Ruler
The concept of "a camel going through the eye of a need" as a metaphor for detachment from the world and a maturing faith. The portal to heaven is a narrow door... but Jesus is "THE Door." Why Jesus objected to being called "Good teacher." Did the ruler consider himself "righteous" because of his accumulated wealth? Did he consider that heaven was guaranteed for him?
November 27, 2018
9th Sunday of Luke - Parable of the Rich Fool
The Old Testament context of this parable. How the "Prosperity Gospel" fails when we look at the life and teachings of Christ and His Saints. St. Paul calls Christians to live a "worthy life" in Christ. The Law of Moses was meant to gather a stiff-necked, childish people to make them His "People" awaiting the coming of the Messiah.
November 20, 2018
The 8th Sunday of Luke - The Good Samaritan is Christ
The Good Samaritan is an icon of Jesus Christ. One who understands this parable will understand the mystery of the Incarnation and the true path to salvation.
November 13, 2018
The 7th Sunday of Luke - The Raising of Jairus' Daughter - The Woman with the Flow of Blood
What a Shock! God's Power and Grace Radically Heals Those Who Stand In Christ's Presence with Faith. Orthodox Christians understand natural phenomena, but use this understanding to be humble and grow closer to God.
October 30, 2018
The Parable of the Sower and the Responsibility of Us All to Cultivate Our Own Hearts
Homily on the 4th Sunday of Luke. Parable of the Sower. While Jesus provides everything for us, he cannot cultivate hearts for us. Because Jesus respects our free will, he leaves it to each of us to cultivate our spiritual lives.
October 26, 2018
The Gadarene Demoniac - Fearing God Makes the Devil Afraid of You - 6th Sunday of Luke
The very first episode of Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Church of Bellingham, WA!
October 25, 2018
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