The Word


09
Jan 2022
Light and Repentance - By Father Andrew Bahhi

Starting with the first Sunday after Epiphany, and for the next 8-10 weeks, we will read about all the things the Lord did after His baptism. As we read in Matthew 4, the first sermon our Savior gave, He says “Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” This is how our Savior began His mission and serve while He was on earth. For the people who were without light, this means the light of the Lord came to them. When our spiritual light is on, we have power. But when......

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02
Jan 2022
Epiphany

Father Andrew speaks with us to celebrate Epiphany: I would like to wish everybody a happy, healthy and a very good time this year. Last year we lost a lot of brothers and sisters, we had good things, and we had sad things. But we thank God because we are the children of the Resurrection. We are believers, we are Christian. We believe that the power of the light is stronger than any bad thing. That is why we are still here, witnessing, praying with hope that no matter what we face,......

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05
Dec 2021
Nativity of John the Baptist

In the book of Luke 1:58, it says “when Elizabeth’s neighbors heard about the birth of John the Baptist, they rejoiced with her.” The is a time when the Lord showed great mercy to Elizabeth and Zachariah. For the things we pray for and don’t get an answer, or we are confused to make a decision, or have a need, the prayer is the perfect shelter and place to go so we can receive comfort and faith that God will answer. When we keep praying. The difficulties of understanding the work of......

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28
Nov 2021
Virgin Mary Meets Elizabeth

We are getting closer and closer to the birth of our savior. Today, we’ll discuss the visitation of the Virgin Mary to Elizabeth. Last week we spoke about the angel Gabriel meeting with Mary, and she accepted, “Let it be to me according to what you said.” The angel then gave a sign that Elizabeth is pregnant. And then Mary ran to see the beautiful fulfillment of the birth of John the Baptist. Luke Chapter 1 offers another angle. How our spiritual life can impact our social life. Today’s text is giving......

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21
Nov 2021
The Annunciation of the Virgin Mary - By Father Andrew Bahhi

I pray that God will open our spiritual eyes so we can see His presence. We believe He is with everyone of us, to comfort us and bless us. This is the Sunday of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary. Usually, we celebrate this 9 months before Christmas. But the fathers prepared this for now so we can be ready for the blessed event, the birth of the Savior. At this time, Mary was living in the temple. She was not too old, and not too young, when the angel Gabriel appeared......

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14
Nov 2021
The Greatness of John the Baptist - By Father Andrew Bahhi

We cannot see Him with our physical eyes. But God is with us. We can see him, feel him and ask him to bless us. Zachariah and his wife Elizabeth loved God. He was a priest and from a priestly tribe, and she was also righteous. They were righteous people, which means without blame. And they performed all of God’s commandments. The believed in God’s presence in their life. But they could not have children. And while this can often make one mad, not Zachariah and Elizabeth. Why? Let me tell you......

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07
Nov 2021
Syriac Orthodox Church

You always try to maintain your things in your life so you can stay renewed fresh and healthy, your body, the things you own, your car and home. And similarly, this is what our church fathers are telling us – renew our relationship with our savior. We are the church. We are the true living members of the body of the Christ. Last week, we talked about Jesus asking the disciples – “Who do the people say that I am.” This week we have the same reading from a different gospel. We......

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31
Oct 2021
Sanctification of the Church

Today is the Sunday of the Sanctification of the Church. The new year of the ecclesiastical church. From this Sunday until Christmas is eight Sundays. Sanctification means to make something holy. To set something apart, or consecrate. For us, it means a call for all of us to be holy from inside. Be holy because your Father in heaven is holy. The best reading for this is in the book of Matthew, when the Lord was with his disciples, asking “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” (Matthew 16:13). We......

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24
Oct 2021
Your True Value and Jesus - By Father Andrew Bahhi

In the book of Genesis, it said when God created man, He created him in His image and likeness. But sin corrupted this image. And that’s why people feel they are not worthy or have value. In Luke 18:18-30, there was a rich man who came to Jesus who asked the most important question under the sky. “What can I do to enter the kingdom of God?” Jesus responded – Go, sell everything you have and distribute it to the needy, carry your cross and follow me. And the man became very......

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17
Oct 2021
Sunday School

In a special message to our Sunday School children, Father Andrew speaks about our role on this earth to do good things: What comes to your mind when we talk about money? We think about buying stuff from the stores. Money helps us live or survive. We use the money to buy what we want. Money gives you food, clothes. And anything you want. We can eat and help others with donations. Money could be good, and with it we can help the needy. But money could be bad if we use......

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