Did He Stay or Did He Go?

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon It is instructive to compare and contrast the closing scenes of Jesus’ earthly presence as they are presented in Luke/Acts and Matthew. The scenes are similar in that both depict Jesus’ final meeting with the group known as the Eleven (hoi Hendeka, Mt 28:16 and Lk 24:33). Connected with each […]

The Centurions’ Intercessors

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Among those sections that the gospels of Matthew and Luke-independent of Mark-have in common, almost all are directly didactic. That is to say, those sections almost invariably consist of the explicit teachings of Jesus, with no attention to events in his life. Those shared sections convey, for instance, the sort […]

Matthew’s Portrait

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Edgar Allen Poe, in his penetrating review of Bleak House, remarked that no reader can comprehend the real wealth of that work in a single reading. Numerous shades of nuance, Poe explained, and dozens of subtle connections were woven so deeply into the fabric of Bleak House that their presence […]

Homily for All Saints of Alaska

by Dcn. Irenaios Anderson Text: Hebrews 11:33—12:2; Matt. 4:25-5:12 Date delivered: Sept. 27, 2010 Location: All Saints Chapel, Kodiak, AK +In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Glory to Jesus Christ! “How long until we get there?” Those of us who have driven children any distance are familiar with […]

Homily On Forgiveness

by Yako Pavilla Text: Matt. 18:21-35 Date given: October 21, 2010 Location: St. Herman Seminary Homiletics Class +In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Glory be to Jesus Christ! My brothers and sisters in Christ, what is this parable about? The parable is about forgiveness. That is what we […]

Homily 58 on Matthew

by St. John Chrysostom “And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, The Son of Man shall be betrayed into the hands of men, and they shall kill Him, and the third day He shall be raised again. And they were exceeding sorry.” THAT is, to hinder their saying, “wherefore do we abide […]

Homily 57 on Matthew

In this respect then we are worse even than the brutes, by the judgment not of them that are in health only, but even by our own. For that you have judged yourselves to be baser than both dogs and asses, revealed to Peter, He does hereby again confirm. And neither at this did He stop, but by His very condescension declares this self-same truth; an instance of exceeding wisdom.