Translating the Tradition: The Antidote to Our Descent into Vengeance

Our Lord’s response to Peter’s query re how many times he should forgive his brother is an inverse echo of Lamech’s claim to vengeance – a connection I failed to note in this sermon, but one which undergirds the antidote noted.

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Translating the Tradition: Living Icons

Fr. Tim of St. Nicholas and Demitrios Greek Orthodox Church very kindly invited me to give the homily for this year’s Sunday of Orthodoxy Pan-Orthodox Vespers… This was that homily, as originally recorded and published by Alexander Ovodov on YouTube.

This sermon actually brings up for me the question of context that was raised in our discussion about whether or not to begin this podcast. The comment that I make, partway through, that the ancestors of those present were “coming into a place that was empty of sacredness” was intending to draw a contrast between what was to them a land that as yet had no Orthodox Christian history, as opposed to the lands long-blessed with Christian saints and sites from which they had just come. Canada’s native spiritual traditions, or even the inherent sacredness of the land as a creation of God were not in view here.

Translating the Tradition

Since I have been asked to create a podcast to share my sermons, here’s my attempt to start one. And since any podcast needs a name, I am borrowing a line from my mission statement for St. John of Shanghai Orthodox Church. Our mission is to incarnate and translate the apostolic tradition, so I suppose a part of my job can be characterized as “Translating the Tradition.”

Here, for starters is my sermon from our first Presanctified Liturgy this Great Lent: “Tired and Hungry.”