Fr. Gabriel-Allan's sermon from Fathers’ Day, Sunday, June 17, 2018. Fathers’ Anti-Anxiety Medicine - seeking the Kingdom with all of our Heart, Soul & Strength.
“Today is the summary of our salvation!” Those are the very first words in the Apolytikion hymn for today’s Great Feast of the Annunciation. “Today is the summary of our salvation…and the revelation of the age-old mystery.” Well…what is this mystery that’s being revealed to us- today... …this age-old mystery?
The world has done its best to convince us that fleshly pleasures bring us happiness and that sin has no consequence. The world (who thinks that sin is a made-up legal problem instead of something that steals life from us) says, it’s not really sin if it gives you pleasure…if it makes you happy! However, this Saint, who had a salacious beginning, challenges us to take a more realistic look at these things and at ourselves.