Katerina Katsarka Whitley
Katerina Whitley, a native of Thessaloniki, Greece is a long-term writer for these pages. She worked as diocesan editor in the Diocese of East Carolina and as the PR & Communication associate for the then Presiding Bishop’s Fund for World Relief during Bishop Edmond Browning’s tenure. She is the author of seven books in circulation and an active public speaker and performer. She lives in Boone, N.C. where she teaches at Appalachian State University.
Sermons and Bible Studies
The gospel reading today reminds us that Jesus was born at a time that held little to no regard for human life. Emperors and kings reigned supreme, considering themselves equal to gods. They held the power to kill, and there was no one to hold them accountable. We like to think that eventually Christianity changed […]
During Pentecost of Year B of the Lectionary, we have been studying the Gospel of Mark. However, for the past four Sundays we have digressed in order to delve into the sixth chapter of the Gospel of John. Today, on the fifth Sunday of trying to absorb the signs and words of Jesus, we conclude […]
The readings for this sad day and night should stand alone, without the need of a sermon. So it is with trepidation that one approaches this sacred time, aware that the sermon writer cannot add to the tragic story, only make a feeble effort at an interpretation that may sound more personal than universal. Written […]
The light of Epiphany shines on a truth accepted by both religious and agnostics: a person who spends his or her life dedicated to a good cause rises above the ordinary and many times is considered a hero. We call this âresponding to a call,â acting on a mission. All our heroes, whether saintly or […]
One of the readings suggested for Christmas Day is from the first chapter of Hebrews. It starts out with this introduction: âIn many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets; but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed the heir of […]
The Old Testament scholar Gerhard von Rad wrote: âReal forgiveness is not a purely interpersonal matter, but it reaches deeply into the relationship of men before God.â The three lectionary passages today, taken from the end of the book of Genesis, from St. Paulâs Letter to the Roman Christians, and from Matthewâs retelling of Jesusâ […]
The lectionary for today is filled with so many themes that one is overwhelmed with riches. There is old Abraham, the ancestor of the promise; the tax collector Matthew, Jairus and his dying daughter, and the woman Jesus encounters, as if by accident, on the way to heal Jairus’ sick child. And in the Epistle, […]
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15). Good Friday comes to us each year with a nearly unbearable weight of remembered pain. We know what will happen. […]
In both Testament lessons and in the gospel of this second Sunday in Epiphany we sense a strong line running through them, like a rope that pulls us up to the realization that God calls us. We surface to the light of Epiphany and pray that this light will assist us in understanding the meaning […]
On this the third Sunday after Epiphany we are presented with images of two public readings from the law and the prophets. These images are highly dramatic, and in visualizing them, we need to also feel some of the emotion of the context in which they were read and some of the excitement of the […]
There is something almost mystical about the beginning of a new year. It is exactly what Epiphany calls forthâwith the coming of Light, with the announcing of the coming Kingdom of God, and the revealing of the well-beloved Son at his baptism, we enter into a new year, a new season of hope. All will […]
What does it mean to be Godâs chosen? What does it mean to be Godâs Beloved? The four gospels tell the story of Jesusâ baptism a bit differently, but a core truth emerges from all of them: that Jesus is Godâs chosen one, Godâs beloved son. A voice from heaven belonging to God or Godâs […]
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