Sunday, March 04, 2007

Forty Days in the Desert of Lent - Day 14

We commemorate St. Gregory Palamas

The Reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 1:10-14; 2:1-3

"IN THE BEGINNING, you O Lord, didst found the earth, and the heavens are the work of thy hands; they will perish, but thou remainest; they will all grow old like a garment, like a mantle thou wilt roll them up, and they will be changed. But thou art the same, and thy years will never end." But to what angel has he ever said, "Sit at my right hand, till I make thy enemies a stool for thy feet?" Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to serve, for the sake of those who are to obtain salvation? Therefore we must pay closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For if the message declared by angels was valid and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard him."

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I apologize for late-posting these past few days' meditations . . . I was out-of-touch for a few days.

With the exception of selections from the lectionary for Sundays during Lent, all meditations here for the 40 days are my own culling of scriptures and are not tied to the official lectionary for Lent. On Mondays I am posting wisdom from the Church Fathers, on Tuesday I am posting a snip from the Gospels, and the rest of the week (except Sundays!) I am posting from elsewhere in the scriptures to glean the significance and importance of the ascetic discipline of fasting.

May God's grace abound in you during this season as we prepare to come to Holy Pascha.

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