Faith Great and Small (Matthew 8: 5 – 13)

The centurion before Christ

The account of the healing of the centurion’s servant as recording in St. Matthew’s gospel (Mt 8: 5 – 13) is a demonstration of great faith by the gentile Roman. The exchange between Jesus and the centurion occurred as Jesus was entering Capernaum: “A centurion approached him urging him to heal his servant saying, ‘Lord, my servant has been placed in my house paralyzed and is suffering greatly’” (MT 8: 6). Jesus agrees to come to heal the servant. However, the centurion objects and gives his famous response: “Lord, I am not worthy that you should come under the roof of my house, but only say the word and my servant will be healed” (MT 8: 8). Our Lord marveled at this and gives his commentary: “Truly, truly I say to you in no one in Israel have I found such faith!” (Mt 8: 10).

In this gospel passage we have an account of a great demonstration of faith manifested before Christ, his disciples, and the crowd that followed along that day. Such great demonstrations of faith are rare. In fact, Jesus also marveled at lack of faith (Mk 6: 6). Therefore, we dare not have fantasies that we will be able to make such a great demonstration of our personal faith, and have such an outcome as did the centurion. Such an opportunity may come our way, but would we able to respond in a way that would please our Lord? Honestly, we may fail.

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A Real Artist

Style and creativity.  I like these things, and I believe most people do.  Being a bit of a snob, my own sensibilities cringe at the mingling of plaids and stripes put together in someone’s attire.  I generally feel ill when I encounter kitsch that is put forward as proper household or exterior decor.  Therefore, I appreciate someone who knows how to put things together in a pleasing and creative manner.  It is especially appreciated when you know well such a creative person:  a real artist (not an artiste).  In this brief posting, let me introduce to you Andrea Fordice.  She is a multitalented artist, and now she adds to her resume, iconographer.  She is parishioner at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Tacoma, Washington — the parish I am blessed to serve as an assisting priest. Read the rest of this entry »


“She is Mary”

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She is Mary

She, the long prepared vessel,
The well fashioned holder of our healing, held our Hope.
Yet she is a hope herself.
Nearest to Perfection himself,
She, the perfected offering of creation, bore the one Offering for our perfection.
She is Mary.

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A Change of Season – A Reason for Thanksgiving

I love the summer, and I dread its passing.  I try to ignore the signs, but there are too many to ignore.  There are natural witnesses which declare warm, longer day’s passing.  The appearance of one of my favorite flowers, dahlias, announces the close of summer and the coming of autumn.  The appearance of another, smaller bloom, cyclomen, also bears this news of passing and change.  So, all is sealed and set in place.  I cannot stop the orbit of earth around the sun.

acos-dahlia      acos-cyclomen

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A Commentary on a Prayer for the Eucharistic Life

Father, I pray this day I would be living the eucharistic life which is in accordance to your will for me in Christ Jesus. Thus, by the Holy Spirit may I be giving thanks in, with, and for all things, in order that I might bear Christ to all and all things, and that I might bear all and all things to Christ Jesus, and that I might be self-giving and other-receiving.

1 Thes 5: 18 reads, “Give thanks in all things: for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.” St. Paul writes in all things (en panti) in the Greek dative case. The dative case, essentially, shows relationship. Read the rest of this entry »


A Prayer for the Eucharistic Life

Father, I pray this day I would be living the eucharistic life which is in accordance to your will for me in Christ Jesus. Thus, by the Holy Spirit may I be giving thanks in, with, and for all things in order that I might bear Christ to all and all things, and that I might bear all and all things to Christ Jesus; that I might be self-giving and other-receiving; that I might live as broken bread and poured out wine for the life of the world and the sake of all things, to the praise and glory of your Name. Amen.