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The Gospel of the Sunday of the Man Born Blind bears a number of interesting parallels with the conversion, life and ministry of the holy Apostle Paul.  The sermon today explores these, particularly in light of sacred mission of the Church, and its call to ministry.

The Holy Fire of Pascha is instructive for us as an example of the care of the divine life of God, entrusted by Him to the Mothers of His Children

The Feast of Palm Sunday, recalling the entrance of Christ into Jerusalem, was typified in the restoration of Jerusalem, and the Temple, by the faith of the Maccabean brothers two centuries earlier.  Their exploits help us to understand why spiritual zeal and uncompromising faithfulness to the Covenant is the Lord's mandate to the Church today as well.

The Sunday of the Veneration of the Cross calls us to self denial - and surrender of everything in this life, so as to follow Christ.

Sports serve as a great example of how dedication and discipline, even at an early age, if applied consistently an wisely, can enable children to develop talents, gifts an aptitudes. If the spiritual gifts lie in the soul are to be used effectively, how can we develop these for use in the Church and for our spiritual fulfillment of God's will in our lives?

The Feast of Pentecost is the Church's commemoration of the sending of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostolic Church.  But how do we identify these gifts - and then engage these gifts in our personal lives?  The saints are the people who so received these gifts and put them to use to the glory of God.

The occasion of a baptism in Church on the sixth Paschal Sunday (The Man Born Blind), allows us to see the elements of the Baptismal rite of the Church and how we are to live and mature as Christians in obedience to Christ.

On the Holy Angels

The invisible, mysterious angelic hosts not only reveal to us the spiritual nature of existence, but are active in our lives as intercessors and sacred messengers of God's truth in a fallen world and our personal lives.

Parents face many challenges today in our secular society as their children grow up - moving from the security of home, to school, to special events like Church camp, etc.  Parents are challenged to trust God and see their children as His own.  In trusting Him, an atmosphere of trust can be fostered that will bring confidence to the child and manifest the blessing and presence of God, even when problems arise.

The Church calendar rarely has sequential readings but such is not the case of the passage from St. Matthew's Gospel where Peter walks on the water.  To understand the fuller context of this miracle, it's helpful to review the previous week's Gospel - the Feeding of the Five Thousand.  And by seeing what's in common between the two, we can detect a trend which carries forward into the way that Christ relates to us, and us to Him.

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