The Word


19
Sep 2021
The Power of the Word

I pray that the words that we sing, read, or talk in our Sunday Liturgy will touch our hearts. Because of the power of the word. This is what the Savior said in Mark 13, when he was talking about the sign of the last days and he mentioned a lot of things. “Heaven and earth will pass away but my words by no means will pass away.” And the earthly things — what you think is solid and strong — those will melt. How is it that we don’t appreciate these......

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12
Sep 2021
Feast of the Holy Cross

This week we celebrate the feast of the discovery of the Holy Cross. I pray we can be protected, blessed, and be under the protection of the cross. When you see the cross you feel safe, and not scared for yourself. When we sign the cross over ourselves and do anything with the sign of the cross, we should feel protected and blessed. Before Christ, the sign of the cross was a sign of shame and curse, a very bad punishment, and a sign of death. And after Christ, it was something......

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05
Sep 2021
The Master's Feast

Recently a big storm hit this area. A lot of damage, and a lot of people lost their lives. And last Sunday, I spoke about how God is warning us. This week, the Bible tells us how the Lord is calling us to be true children. It was a very strong message. We hear a lot of bad things happening. If there is a clear message, it is we should listen, obey and answer the call of the Lord. Luke 14:16-24 says that in a symbolic way, as there was a master......

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29
Aug 2021
The Good Wheat - By Father Andrew Bahhi

I pray that we always are awake because this parable is beautiful and strong. In Matthew 13:24-43, the owner of a field sowed wheat. And while the people were sleeping, the enemy put bad wheat, or bad teaching, between the good wheat. The workers then came to their master and said “do you want us to take the bad wheat out?” And the master said, let them grow together, and when the day of harvest comes I will have my workers take the bad wheat, and bundle them and burn it. And......

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08
Aug 2021
Transfiguration of Christ

The Feast of the Transfiguration is unique, beautiful, and important to our spiritual life. We talk about the scene from heaven that appeared for the first time on earth. This is important for holiness because when we see this glory of God on earth, there is a hidden call to experience and to test His glory. How? By being holy on the inside. David in Psalm 34 said, “they looked to Him and were radiant.” Or they were lightened, and their face were not ashamed. This is how the Holy Spirit says......

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01
Aug 2021
The Great Faith

We all go through trespasses, temptations, hard times, and the hardest time of all is when our faith is tested, and we face hardship. Today, we learn from another one of the times the disciples were with Christ. Luke 17. And Christ was saying, if you have faith like a mustard seed, which is very small, you can move mountains. But then they asked, “Lord, increase our faith.” We all need to say this. This is the key to a good Christian life. This is the source of the strength that we......

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25
Jul 2021
Focus on Jesus

As we learn today from the Gospel from the book of Mark, we should focus and open our heart. As our Father told the disciples maybe the most important thing Jesus came for, he said, “The Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of man. And they will kill him. And after He is killed, He will rise on the third day.” – Mark 9:31 We should focus on the message of salvation that the savior came forth. And He kept repeating “I am coming to die and by my......

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11
Jul 2021
The Sermon on the Mount

A lot of times we try to find other ways around trouble. But the difference is God. If He is not in our life, unfortunately we would get lost. It would be very hard to know the right way to heaven. I pray all of us can have God in our heart, and Jesus as a savior in our life. Our life is too short, and the trouble in life is a lot, and without Him we cannot gain safety to His eternal home. Last week, the reading from the Bible was......

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04
Jul 2021
Is Jesus Your Priority? By Father Andrew Bahhi

Today is the feast of St. Thomas, which we call the first of the middle Sundays of Easter. During these 3 main periods after Easter, we have a) eight Sundays after Easter, b) Then the middles Sundays of Easter, 8, and then c) The later Sundays of Easter. These three periods usually run to the consecration of the church, which ends exactly eight weeks before Christmas. When we learn virtues taught by our Lord, with hope and happiness, nothing will put us down. And this is the importance of priorities. Jesus says......

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13
Jun 2021
Jesus Delivers on His Promises - By Father Andrew Bahhi

Today we celebrate the ascension of the Lord. I pray we can take a couple of spiritual lessons from this day. It may be embarrassing to compare how much we think of ourselves on earthly things and one day, we won’t need it. Meanwhile the eternal thing – the second life forever and ever – we don’t pay that much attention. Or we don’t maybe even care about it. That’s why this feast is a call for all of us. Maybe we think our life on earth is the end of everything.......

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