Touched by Christ

Beethoven first noticed difficulties with his hearing when he was about 28. By the age of 31 he lost about 60 percent of his hearing and became totally deaf when he was about 44 or 45. Beethoven’s worst fear came true. The genius of a sound, the man who gave the gift of the most […]

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Loneliness: The absence of Christ is the Crisis

Last week we talked about loneliness as an epidemic that takes over our lives, impacts our relationships, families and well-being. We recognized that it is of paramount importance for us as a community of faith to act and minister to those most vulnerable to loneliness. Today, I would like us to reflect and think about […]

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Not Alone: Responding to the Loneliness Epidemic

When we read biblical stories about great miracles we are often captivated by the divine, the extraordinary, the miraculous. It is sometimes very easy to overlook the important role and function a simple human being plays in the realization of great miracles. Today’s Gospel reading is extraordinary, because very intentionally and clearly it highlights the […]

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We Are the Grapes

Not long ago, I was talking to one of our parishioners and this person was sharing how exhausted he felt from not being able to help enough, make a real difference, from the scope of grief, disaster and misery all around us. “Der Hayr’, he said, “I just sent a check for Artsakh, then there […]

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Love never fails?

I fail. I fail meeting my own expectations, hopes and dreams. It does not mean there is a grand conspiracy against me, that God is judging or punishing me or that the universe is against me. We all fail. Everything great and beautiful in life, everything we cherish, everything we live for at some point […]

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Stretcher Friends

In the 1920s a group of archeologists from Yale University made a stunning discovery. In the heart of the Syrian desert they located the ancient city of Dura-Europos. The city was abandoned in the third century after the Partian army captured the city and deported its population. They never returned; the city was never to […]

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Know Thyself

“Grant, Lord that I may know myself that I may know thee.” – Augustine of Hippo, 354-430 A.D. The lectionary of the Armenian Church invites us to reflect on the parable of the Lost Sheep. In the parable, the shepherd does something seemingly irrational and foolish. He leaves the ninety-nine of his sheep and goes […]

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Transfigured in Pain and Joy

Hundreds of thousands of Christian pilgrims visit Israel every year with a hope to retrace the footsteps of their Lord and Savior. They want to touch the stones he touched, walk the paths he walked, see, feel and experience everything He saw and felt. All in the hope to gain spiritual closeness and connection with […]

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Jesus Served While Grieving

This Sunday the lectionary of the Armenian Church invites us to study and reflect on the story of the feeding of five thousand. It is a very well known Biblical story, we recognize and recall it as the story about Christ miraculously multiplying a few pieces of bread and two fishes. But the context within […]

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