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Doubting

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The Sunday of St. Thomas reminds us that we are always in danger of losing our faith, even if it is proven to us.

Today is Thomas Sunday, and Thomas gets a little bit of a bad reputation in modern days, because in Greek—actually, there’s this situation where it’s one of the few times the English actually expresses Thomas’ characteristics better than the Greek, because in Greek we call Thomas “O apistos Thomas,” which actually means “unbelieving Thomas,” but that’s not technically true, because in English we say “Doubting…

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Taking the Journey

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Fr. Ted encourages us to fully experience the lenten struggle and all that it entails.

Many people have the—I guess you could say—common assumption that Lent begins with Clean Monday, which this year falls on February 23, and that that is the beginning of the Fast which leads to the Great Feast, the center of our faith, which is Holy Resurrection—Pascha, Easter. But really, if we look at the ecclesiastical year, and we look at the cycle of services and the themes that are being introduced to us, that journey towards the resurrection…

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Secularism

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Fr. Ted explains that secularism is when we live according to how we want to live.

In the story of Zacchaeus today, we’ve heard it many times, or many of us should have heard it many times, of Zacchaeus, a very short man who was an arch tax collector and, as we all know and we’ve said it so many times, arch tax collectors were not exactly the most popular people at the time of Christ.

Why? Because they were Jews who were kind of betraying their fellow Jews by working with the Romans in order to help the Romans collect the taxes…

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Christ in Our Hearts

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Fr. Ted reminds us that our relationship with God has to be our first priority.

In this Great Feast of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary, usually people speak about the theology of the Virgin Mary, who she was, who she is in the Church, her role within the Church, and we’ve spoken about these things many times. Much less do we concentrate on the Gospel today, which doesn’t speak about the Virgin Mary at all, but rather mentions another Mary who is the sister of Martha, who also had the brother Lazarus, whom we hear Jesus raised…

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Fear of Change

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Citing the story of St. Mary of Egypt, Fr. Ted contends that not only is it possible to change and repent, but it is also never too late to do so.

Today is the fifth Sunday of Lent. It is the last Sunday before the beginning of Great and Holy Week, and it is dedicated to the saint, Mary of Egypt, who is perhaps one of the greatest sinners in the history of the saints of the Church. St. Mary was known as—I don’t want to use the word “prostitute” necessarily, because her life was much more depraved than that.

She left her parents at twelve years old and moved to Alexandria, where…

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All Are Called

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Fr. Ted applauds his parishioners for making Orthodoxy a part of their lives.

It’s such a beautiful night tonight, for many reasons, but for myself personally I have to say that I am very blessed and I feel very proud to be here with everyone and to be your priest and to be part of this community.

Why? As I was preparing for this sermon tonight and I was thinking about what I was going to say, I was reading an article online about, that they did a poll in Greece, about people; how many people believed in God, they asked specific…

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Holy Not Happy

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Fr Ted explains that God is interested in our pursuit of holiness rather than our pursuit of happiness.

I am going to say something controversial today.

God does not care whether we are happy, and this is something that most of us don’t want to hear. God does not care about our happiness—and this goes against the majority of the teachings that we hear in our modern society… and you say, “Father, why does not God care about our happiness?”

God care more about us being holy than happy, and there is a great difference between…

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First Fruits

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Fr. Ted challenges us to give away the best of our possessions, rather than just what we can not use for ourselves.

I was looking at the Winnipeg Harvest containers that we have outside by the door. As you all know, especially around Christmas-time, we do a food drive and a clothing drive, and we try to collect as many things for families that are in need throughout Winnipeg, especially now when it is Christmas-time.

I was looking at all the different things that people had donated, and I went home and I was looking through the kitchen to see what I could give as well, and…

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Ethnophyletism

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Fr. Ted urges us to embrace all of our Orthodox brothers and sisters, despite ethnic origins.

Today’s Gospel speaks about a very interesting topic that affects us, especially us as Greeks, because we are part of a culture that’s very, very proud. We are very proud of our history, we are very proud of our accomplishments as a people, we are very proud of our church, we are very proud of our local church here.

And yet, in today’s parable, Christ addresses an issue that still exists today within the Church. In the parable we hear that…

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Our Demons

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Fr. Ted encourages us to change ourselves before trying to change the world.

In today’s Gospel, it’s a very interesting Gospel because we often hear the story of Christ healing people, and the story of a demon-possessed person being healed by Christ is very common from the four Gospels.  And yet, today’s story is slightly different because of what happens at the end. We hear, obviously, that there’s a man and he has a son, and the son is possessed by a deaf and dumb spirit who would not speak, but it would convulse…

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