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Monday, March 14, 2016

 

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.” (Gen 1: 1-5)

 

This is read in my church today, on the very first day of Lent. We are taken way back, to the “beginning,” to the great mystery of Creation; The answer to the great question, Why is there something rather than nothing? Because God loved it into being. He doesn’t “need” anything or anyone, because God is perfect Being. But He br...

Thursday, March 10, 2016

 

By the rivers of Babylon—there we sat down and there we wept when we remembered Zion. On the willows there we hung up our harps. For there our captors asked us for songs, and our tormentors asked for mirth, saying, ‘Sing us one of the songs of Zion!’ How could we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land? If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand wither!” (Ps 136/137: 1-5)

 

This Psalm, which expresses the sadness of the Jewish people in exile after the Babylonian conquest of Jesrusalem in 607 BC, is sung at Byzantine matins on the three Sundays preceding Lent. It prepares us for the voluntary “exile” of Lent, during which we focus in a special way on the sadness and yearning of humanity after Adam’s “exile” from paradise, and before the coming of The Awaited One, Jesus Christ. On the...

Monday, February 29, 2016


Flee fornication! Every sin that a person commits is outside the body; but the fornicator sins against the body itself. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.” (1 Cor 6: 18-20)

 

This passage was part of the Epistle-reading in my church yesterday, on one of the Sundays of the “Lenten Triodion.” So the Church is drawing our attention to an essential participant in the Lenten journey, the body, and more specifically – sexuality. The Apostle is saying, – in case we were avoiding taking a prayerful look at this part of our “human” being – “Do you not know,” do you not acknowledge, contemplate, and gratefully embrace the fact “that y...

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