Sermons from St. Mary Church

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Lay Up For Yourselves Treasures in Heaven

February 18, 2007 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, February 18, 2007

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen.

Glory to Jesus Christ!

There is only one way to know forgiveness and that is by forgiving. We may have an idea of what forgiveness is, but an idea is only an idea. We may have an idea of who God is, but an idea is only an idea. To know something means to have a direct experience of it. Ideas are not the same as experience.

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On Meatfare Sunday

February 11, 2007 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, February 11, 2007

There was a remarkable and fiery lay preacher who lived in France in the late nineteenth century by the name of Leon Bloy. He railed against the wholesale rejection of God in French society of his day and the complacency of the Christian believers who remained. His style was often offensive but it mirrored his intense spiritual life which was, to many, equally offensive. He was a man who lived as he believed and that is always disconcerting.

I discovered a quote of his that points to the meaning of this Sunday well.

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On the Sunday of the Prodigal Son

February 04, 2007 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, February 4, 2007

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen.

Glory to Jesus Christ!

Soon Great Lent will begin. On the Sunday of Forgiveness we will hear hymns that depict the exile of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. One of the most poignant of them envisions Adam mourning inconsolably as he sits outside the gates now guarded by angels with swords of fire. He is inconsolable because he knows what he has lost.

Eden, Paradise, the Kingdom of Heaven is our true home. It is the home of every human being.

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On the Sunday of the Pharisee and the Publican

January 28, 2007 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, January 28, 2007

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen.

Let's think about this question: why did Jesus look unfavorably at the Pharisee's prayer? I think it is very simple. The Pharisee did not love his neighbor. You may ask, “Wasn't God offended at the self-centered prayer of the Pharisee?” Think deeply about it and you have to say that no, God was not offended by the self-centered prayer because God cannot be offended. God is way beyond such human emotions.

Consider it this way.

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The Transformation of Zaccheus

January 21, 2007 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, January 21, 2007

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen.

Glory to Jesus Christ!

Zaccheus was a man bound by fear, an insecure man who tried to assuage his suffering through greed. It is an old story and a common theme of the Lord's teaching. We cannot live by bread alone, but just try and convince us when in the face of our own mortality we try and hold on to the things in this world we hope will keep death away.

For example, the culture of youth and fashion in our society is extreme.

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The Light Shines in the Darkness

January 14, 2007 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, January 14, 2007

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen.

Glory to Jesus Christ!

Galilee has an interesting history. The name comes from the Aramaic word “gal” which means “to take captive.” In the year 721 BC the Assyrians took over the Northern kingdom of Israel comprised of ten of the twelve tribes of Israel. The tribes of Zebulon and Naphtali lived in the area of Capernaum by the sea where Jesus lived.

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On the Eve of the Nativity of Christ

December 24, 2006 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, December 24, 2006

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen.

Glory to Jesus Christ!

St. Gregory of Nyssa writes that “even the pagans and the philosophers heard the thunder from Mt. Sinai.” From that dramatic and earth-shaking theophany came the Law, the Ten Commandments which were meant to curtail the barbarity of the people, to teach them how to take a single step towards paradise. That step was to turn away from idolatry and treat one another with justice.

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The Rich Man and His Barns

November 19, 2006 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, November 19, 2006

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen.

Glory to Jesus Christ!

The Gospel reading each week offers essential instructions for us in the spiritual life that can lead to the transformation of life as we live it each and every day. I am hoping to lay them out as best I can so that we as persons and together as a community will grow in our richness towards God. I always say, when asked where my sermons come from, that I am preaching to myself. I preach the things that are deeply effecting my life at present.

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Love the Lord

November 12, 2006 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, November 12, 2006

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen

Glory to Jesus Christ!

It is significant that when the lawyer asks Jesus what he must do to “inherit eternal life” he answers the question by removing the future emphasis. Life is to be lived now. Jesus says that if we want to live, that is, to be fully alive, then we must follow two commandments: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and your neighbor as yourself. His example of how to do this is the parable of the Good Samaritan. The future is one thing, the present is quite another.

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The Chasms That Can Be Bridged

November 04, 2006 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, November 5, 2006

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen

Glory to Jesus Christ!

“...between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.”

The question is: who fixed this chasm? Most of us, when we read this Gospel passage, tend to believe that the chasm is fixed by God and is the symbol of the permanence of eternal damnation.

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The Gadarene Demoniac

October 22, 2006 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, October 22, 2006

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen.
Glory to Jesus Christ!

In the Gospel story of the Gadarene demoniac we are often distracted by the elements that are so unlike our normal, everyday lives. Here we see a wild, violent, frightening example of the kind of possession that Hollywood loves. We have a naked man, living in a graveyard, scaring the dickens out of the townspeople, so powerful that chains could not hold him.

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The Sower and the Seeds

October 15, 2006 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, October 15, 2006

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen. Glory to Jesus Christ!

There are many seeds that find their way into our hearts, some are good and some are not. Some are as Jesus said, “the word of God”. Some have other less beneficial origins. I do not know what you think of when you read this Gospel, but to me the “seeds” correspond to thoughts. God speaks to all human beings to draw us, if we are willing, if we are listening, if the soil of our hearts is prepared, to himself.

I love how St.

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Radical Compassion

October 08, 2006 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, October 8, 2006

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen.
Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory forever!

I want to speak about radical compassion, the kind that encompasses everything and everyone. Not only do we see an example of it in the Gospel today, of Jesus toward the widow who had lost her only son, but there is an example even closer to our experience, that of the Amish community in Lancaster County, PA. Allow me to read a little from a couple of news stories.

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Being Faithful in Small Things

October 01, 2006 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, October 1, 2006

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen.

Glory to Jesus Christ!

“We cannot do great things,” said Mother Teresa of Calcutta, “but we can do small things with great love.”

St. Francis came upon an almond tree in the dead of winter. He said to it, “Speak to me of God” and the tree immediately burst into bloom.

My dear friends, a follower of Jesus will produce works of radiant, transcendent love, small and large.

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Peter, Self-Denial, and Change

September 24, 2006 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, September 24, 2006

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen.

Glory to Jesus Christ!

Metropolitan Anthony Bloom once advised inquirers to Orthodoxy to put down their books and attend a Divine Liturgy. “The service is long, but even Orthodox services eventually come to an end. And if you simply stand there and are open to whatever happens, something might.” Being open is the key. Something may just happen if we are open to recognizing, receiving and embracing it when it comes.

There is a wonderful character in Islamic literature by the name of Nasrudin.

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On the Sunday of All Saints

June 18, 2006 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, June 18, 2006

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen.

Glory to Jesus Christ!

“So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I will also deny before my Father who is in heaven.” These are stern words. We need to understand them properly.

What is it to acknowledge Christ “before men”. Simply put, it is to recognize Christ in others and to “be Christ” to others.

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On the Sunday of the Fathers of the First Council

June 04, 2006 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, June 4, 2006

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen.

Glory to Jesus Christ!

Our Gospel reading is from St. John chapter 17, a section from the longest prayer of Jesus recorded in the Bible. It is called “the High Priestly prayer” because in it Jesus is praying for His disciples and for the whole Church. “I pray for them,” he says and later he will pray for all us us who have come to believe in him. We pray the same way in our services because he has taught us to. We pray for those living, for those who have fallen asleep and for those who are to come.

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On the Sunday of the Paralytic

May 14, 2006 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, May 14, 2006

The poor man had been laying in the porticoes of the pool of Bethzada for years and years waiting for what must have seemed to him an impossible task. How often did the water become troubled? Once a day? Once a week? Every other Thursday? Perhaps it was a random occurrence, completely unpredictable. The Gospel is tantalizing in what it does not say as much as what it does say. Of course, if we lived in first century Palestine we would likely know the details of the miraculous pool.

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The Marks of a Christian - On the Fifth Sunday of Lent

April 09, 2006 - by Dr. Lewis Patsavos

Sermon Preached by Dr. Lewis Patsavos on Sunday, April 9, 2006

"Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and deliver Him to the Gentiles; and they will mock Him, and scourge Him, and spit on Him, and kill Him. And the third day He will rise again." (Mk 10:33-34)

As we meditate on these words of our Lord's passion, beloved in Christ, and ponder its mystery, let us take heart from the words of promise uttered by our Lord Himself: "And the third day He will rise again." For the Christian who takes these words seriously, they are words of hope, strength, and victory over evil.

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San Cristobal

March 19, 2006 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, March 19, 2006

It’s remarkable that when you try to put a little flesh and blood on our theology by attempting to make a difference in the lives of impoverished children the Lord responds. Why each successive visit seems to bring greater results and blessings, I do not know and yet that has been the case thus far.

We dedicated our mission to San Cristobal Orphanage to Ss. Mother Maria of Paris and Elizabeth the Grand Duchess on a Tuesday morning while adding to a mountain of broken concrete representing hours of hard labor.

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