Friday, April 08, 2011

For Those Who are Far Off

I was much edified to be able to attend the reading of story of Abba Zosimas and St. Mary of Egypt, together with the service of the Canon of St. Andrew of Crete.

I was reminded of the publican, standing far off, casting his eyes to the ground - and of the words of St. Paul regarding those who were "far off" - the Gentiles - being drawn near to the Presence by the blood of Jesus Christ, and being made one body with those near, through the cross. See Eph. 2.

Tonight the Akathist will be sung in full.

Much is happening in the world - thievery and war; poisoning of earth, sky and water.

But there is only this One Truth.

- Pax


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