The Word


25
Dec 2022
Syriac Orthodox Christmas

My beloved, yes, every time Christmas comes, it brings joy to our hearts. And that is why “Joy of Christmas” is the name of today’s sermon. If we think about life before Jesus was born, the world, in general, looked to darkness, sadness, and lost peace. But after the Christmas light, “I am the light of the world,” Jesus said. And He brought us all divine peace and joy. And anything divine is like nothing else beyond the world. The Virgin Mary was the first person to receive this joy when the......

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11
Dec 2022
Revelation of St. Joseph

This time of year, we celebrate the feast of St. Joseph’s revelation. But today, let’s also look at this from a different perspective. And I’ll call this sermon “The Lord Becomes a Carpenter,” and we will look at it from a different perspective. The reason for St. Joseph’s revelation was the equivalent of the three wise kings coming from the East, asking King Herod the question, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” –......

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20
Nov 2022
Annunciation of the Virgin Mary

We recognize the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary, which you know is a very important feast in our church. As children, we belong to God. So why don’t we lift up our eyes and our hearts where the Lord is? It is a very unique time before Christmas. Luke 1:26–38 If we can lift our eyes and hearts where the throne of the Lord is, Jesus will send angels to bring good news to human beings. The archangel Gabriel brought good news to Zachariah, the priest, the message to Mary and St.......

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13
Nov 2022
The Sin of Doubt – By Father Gabriel Alkass

Today, we are celebrating the annunciation of Zechariah, the priest. Today’s scripture is about Zechariah, and his wife, who were righteous people. Elizabeth was a barren woman who could not give birth, and both were old. Luke 1:5-23 When it was Zechariah’s turn to go to the temple and offer up incense, the angel told him, “Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son.” Responding, Zechariah doubted the ability of God, “I am an old man and my wife as well.” – but nine months later Elizabeth gave birth to St. John......

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06
Nov 2022
Spiritual Renewal

Celebrating the renewal of the church doesn’t mean a physical church renovation. It is an annual feast set by the father, and the saints, to benefit each one of you through spiritual renewal. Let’s meditate on a few things. For a tree, each spring renews beautifully, it becomes green and full of leaves. The same thing to the eagle of life, as it renews its feathers annually. Why does he do that? So, he can fly again and live on top of mountains. So, you, too, if you move one step forward......

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09
Oct 2022
Book of Matthew

Every time you come to church, challenge yourself “I am not going to leave the church today until I am blessed with purpose.” We are not coming to the church just to comfort our conscience and have social time. Rather, I challenge myself to be the person who comes every morning to church who will not be the same person after liturgy because we ask God to give us a message. In Matthew 12:5-16, Jesus was talking with the Pharisees about something very important. How can we change our consciousness? Humans love......

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25
Sep 2022
Yeast of the Pharisees

Today, we look at Matthew 16:6-12, and Jesus’s warning to “beware of the teaching of the Pharisees.”  When Jesus was journeying with the disciples, and they wanted to take some bread, he said something very serious and dangerous “Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees.” The disciples were puzzled and thought Jesus was referring to the physical bread, and Jesus responded – Don’t you understand and remember how I fed 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and 4,000 people with seven loaves of bread? Why shouldn’t you understand this is more......

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18
Sep 2022
Preparing for the Lord

Today we are learning about readiness or preparation for the Lord. How I can be ready for the Lord? How much are we preparing ourselves for that day? “Nobody knows the hour or the day,” as it says in Matthew 24:36. Like a real wedding – Am I ready to put the clothes of righteousness in preparation when the heavenly groom arrives? Am I inviting people to that unending wedding? The caring for the decorations, flowers, and food – I wish I had that zeal to prepare myself with the food of......

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11
Sep 2022
Feast of the Holy Cross

When we talk about the cross in the church, we talk about something very important. The cross is a major measurement of our spiritual life. Everything we do in our lives, if we measure it with the cross, we will know if it is good and benefit our spiritual life. For instance, in my work. The cross will be my measurement; in my heart, if I do good, I am a very good Christian. But if I twist the truth, the cross will tell me my spiritual measurement is not good enough.......

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28
Aug 2022
Christ salvation

“A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, ‘Come, for all things are now prepared.’ But they all began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused.’ And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused.’ Another said, ‘I have married a......

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