The Stigma of Our Disease
Continuing with the spirituality of Lent, this sermon examines the issues and dilemmas of helping those with uncleanliness and other conditions that have a stigma. What would be the equivalent of the spiritual and social disease of leprosy today? AIDS? Lung Cancer? Obesity? Alcoholism? Mental Illness?
Using the scriptural lessons on the Sunday of the Leper, Fr John Brian's sermon uses the Gospel lesson from Luke (5:12-16; 4:40-41) to bring us closer to that wholeness of spiritual health intended for all.
"Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, I will, be clean; and immediately his leprosy left him." Luke 5:13
"...and He [Jesus] laid His hand on each one of them and healed them." Luke 4:40
This sermon uses the readings and services appointed from the Malankara Syrian lectionary and was given on Sunday, February 21, 2010 by Fr John Brian Paprock at Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Mission Chapel, Madison, Wisconsin.
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The Spirituality of Lent
Inspirational and informative sermon on the spirituality of Lent - from an Orthodox Christian perspective - using the scriptural lessons on the Sunday of Cana and discussing two kinds of fasting. Fr John Brian gives a homiletic on Colossians 3:1-17 and brings the miracle at Cana (John 2:1-11) into focus for the 40 days of fasting of Lent. "This is the fast I have chosen: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to cut off the bands of treachery, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke;" Isaiah 58:6 "Therefore now, says the Lord, return to me with all your heart, and with fasting and with weeping and with mourning... and turn to the Lord your God; for He is gracious and merciful, patient and of great kindness, and He averts disaster." Joel 2:12-13 "And there were six stone jars placed there for the purification..." John 2:6 "And with all these things have love, which is the bond of perfection (wholeness)" Colossians 3:14 This sermon uses the readings and services appointed from the Malankara lectionary and was given on Sunday, February 14, 2010 by Fr John Brian Paprock at Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Mission Chapel, Madison, Wisconsin. LISTEN ONLINE HERE:
What is Our Life? A second sermon
What is Our Life?
Closer to Heavenly Things
Why Pray For Haiti
All Spiritual Blessings
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