Bp. Timothy Ware on the Prodigal Son and Repentance

But while he was yet at a distance, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet; and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry; for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to make merry. From the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32) … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter — February 17, 2016

Sunday of the Pharisee and Publican The Pharisee boasted of his works before God. The Publican recognized he was a sinner. Whose prayer was acceptable to God? Excerpts from a sermon by Fr. Milan Medakovic: As it says in the Gospel, the Pharisee went to pray and prayed "thus with himself." He was not praying to God; he was praying with himself. Why was his prayer with himself and not with God? He is praying with himself because he is boastful and judgmental in his prayer: "I thank You God that I am not as other men …" The scripture reminds us, "Let a neighbor praise you, and not your own mouth: a stranger and not your own lips" (Proverbs 27:2). The manner in which we pray is often reflective of the way in which we … [Read more...]

St. Peter Movie Night – “Risen”

Movie Outing for "Risen" this Saturday, February 20 at 4:30pm Joe Repya is organizing an outing to see "Risen" this Saturday, February 20 at Fandango Prado Stadium 12 Theater, 25251 Chamber of Commerce Drive, Bonita Springs (get map). The movie begins at 4:30. Please signup below. Deadline is Thursday evening so Joe can reserve a block of tickets for us at the theater. [pwebcontact id=4] About Risen Roman military tribune Clavius (Joseph Fiennes) remains set in his ways after serving 25 years in the army. He arrives at a crossroad when he's tasked to investigate the mystery of what happened to Jesus (Cliff Curtis) following the Crucifixion. Accompanied by trusted aide Lucius (Tom Felton), his quest to disprove rumors … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter — February 9, 2016 — The Mission of St. Peter’s

Seventeenth Sunday of Matthew The Mission of St. Peter's Who We Are By God's grace we are building a parish not for ourselves, but for others. Our mission is to build a parish so that those who are seeking Christ as He is understood and worshiped in our Orthodox faith can find Him. Many of them are being prepared as we do our work. Some of them don't realize that St. Peter's is where they will end up. Yet, as we build for others, we find our own salvation as well. Growth towards God of the kind that enables Him to act in our lives and lets us to move closer to Him only happens when we serve the neighbor. That's why we build a parish for others and not ourselves. Yet in building it in that way we find salvation too. St. … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter — February 2, 2016

Sixteenth Sunday of Matthew Lent is approaching and the time to start preparing is now. Lent takes effort, and the beginning of all effort is mental preparation, to become aware that a season is approaching the will call more from us. There is no progress without effort. To win a race we have to train. Lent is a training period, a period of learning self-discipline that enables us to orient ourselves more toward God and move closer to Him. Inward orientation and purification is critical for the Christian. He more he draws closer to God, the more God draws closer to him, and he then begins to live the life that God created him to live. There are two great commandments: 1) Love God with all you heart, soul, body, mind, and … [Read more...]