Reflections and Sermons
Well, on May 29th the Commonwealth went back pretty much to those pre-pandemic days! If you’re like me, you too can remember those days and it seems like I’m awakening from a very bad dream. I might suggest that we all pause for a moment and reflect on what we have been through.
Christ is Risen! The Pascal season is coming to a close in the days and weeks to come, with the great feasts of Ascension and Pentecost. We see life renewed, the weather warm, and the months of relative relaxation calling. The struggle against the bitter cold, and dreadful isolation is far behind us, the warmth of the Sun of Righteousness is meant to be enjoyed by all of us.
The authentic Christian experience consists of preparing ourselves for communion and community.
The parish family of St Vasilios cordially invites you to participate in the greatest celebration of all....Pascha (Easter). Everyone is invited! Those who struggled through Great and Holy Lent to gain spiritual food and maturity and those who only came to church one or twice this year.
We live in a country, and in a place in history where we pride ourselves for being individuals, in being self-reliant, and capable of taking care of ourselves.
The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He frustrates the plans of the peoples. Psalms 33:10
When was the last time we stopped for a minute and came up with a recent inventory of all our interactions with people known and unknown and if it brought us closer to Christ, if in addition those we interact with are brought to Christ or turned off by our poor example refuse to come into His home and shun His very presence?
The psalmist David says (Psalm 86:1-7) Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.
This long Journey whose planning stages began on February 9th with the start of the Triodion period, and that comes to a complete conclusion on June 7th with the Feast of Pentecost, peaks on the 19th of April when we Orthodox celebrate Pascha.
So, I urge you this Great Lent to ask yourself: How is the noise of my life drowning out the voice of God?