Eastern Christian Insights show

Eastern Christian Insights

Summary: Homilies from St. Luke Orthodox Church in Abilene, Texas - Thoughtful homilies of an Orthodox priest who serves a small parish and teaches Religion full-time at McMurry University in Abilene, TX. Fr. Philip draws on his scholarly work in Christian theology and ethics, but most of all, these are the homilies of a pastor guiding his flock with insightful, practical suggestions on how to share more fully in the life of Jesus Christ.

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 We Must Live the Liturgy of our Great High Priest Every Day of Our Lives | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 09:20

Christ calls us all to become like the Good Samaritan, binding up the wounds of our neighbors and refusing to narrow down the list of those whom we must learn to love as ourselves. Like St. John Chrysostom, let us refuse to think that we can rightly worship the Lord by confining our piety only to what we do in liturgical services. Instead, we must make every dimension of our life a point of entrance to the Kingdom of our great High Priest.

 How We Treat our Suffering Neighbors Reveals the True State of our Souls | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 08:55

There is simply no way around the truth that how we relate to other people reveals whether we are participating in the life of our Lord as we conform our character to His. What we do and refuse to do for neighbors who need our time, attention, and generosity in any form, we do or refuse to do for Him.

 Christ Restores our True Personhood | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 10:02

When the struggle is hard and we cannot imagine being set free, we must remember the difference between a person disintegrated by the power of evil and one gloriously restored as a living icon of God.

 The Sower | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Like conscientious gardeners, we must doggedly tend the garden of our souls with prayer, fasting, almsgiving, confession, and repentance.

 Hope Only in the One Who Conquered Death | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 10:05

Let us look to the Savior’s raising of the son of the widow of Nain as a sign that we must entrust ourselves only to the One Who has conquered the grave, for slavery to the fear of death is the reason that it is so appealing to entrust ourselves to false gods as a distraction from facing the truth about ourselves and our world.

 Fulfilling our Vocations as “Earthen Vessels” | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 09:52

We must simply keep letting down our nets in obedience to Christ according to the particulars of our lives and circumstances.

 Taking Up Our Crosses is Always a Free Choice | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 09:54

Only we can unite ourselves to Christ in His Great Self-Offering for the salvation of the world.

 “A New Creation” Through the Cross of the New Adam | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 08:52

As members of Christ’s Body, the Church, we reap the blessings of the faithful obedience of Joachim and Anna and of their daughter the Theotokos. We must now use our freedom to take up our own crosses so that we may unite ourselves evermore fully to Christ in His great Self-Offering for the salvation of the world.

 The Temptations of Pride, Possessions, and Praise | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 09:45

Due to pride, we often crave words and actions from others that distract us from seeing ourselves clearly and instead fuel illusions of self-importance and self- righteousness. When doing so becomes a settled habit, we can easily find ourselves attempting to use religion to serve our egos instead of being focused on offering ourselves to the Lord.

 Gaining the Strength to Grow in Forgiveness by Growing in Humility | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 11:03

When we truly know that we are the chief of sinners and recognize that our very existence is dependent upon the mercy of the Lord, then we will no longer be driven to condemn anyone else.

 True Faith Comes from a Broken Heart | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 10:35

People think of religion in many different ways today, but usually not in a way that requires our hearts to be broken.

 Entering into Eternal Joy Through Obedience and Receptivity to Christ | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 11:26

Let us take the Theotokos as our great example of how to receive and follow Christ every day, even as we ask for her prayers for the healing of our souls. That is the only way to celebrate the great feast of her Dormition with spiritual integrity.

 Transfigured by Offering and Obedience | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 10:09

The disciples offered to Christ what they had that day: five loaves of bread and two fish. He transfigured that tiny offering into a massive feast with far more leftover than what the hungry crowd could eat. This miracle shows that the key question is not what or how much we offer according to any conventional standard, but whether we offer all that we have for the Lord’s blessing. He will do the rest.

 Opening our Eyes and our Mouths to the Glory of God | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 10:29

As we prepare for the Dormition Fast and look forward to the feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord, we must recognize how much we remain like the blind and mute men in our gospel reading.

 Embracing the Therapeutic Mercy of Christ Through Repentance and Humility | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 09:41

To rise up, take up our beds, and walk home requires obedience to Christ’s commands, but not a legalistic obedience in the sense of following a code for its own sake. Instead, this obedience is like following the guidance of a physician or therapist who makes clear to us what we must do in order to regain health and function for our bodies.

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