Wednesday, November 28, 2018

    “And leaving Nazareth he went and dwelt in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: ‘The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, toward the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.’ From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, ‘Repent (Μετανοεῖτε, Change your mind/focus), for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’” (Mt 4: 13-17)


     As those of us on the Older Calendar begin the Nativity Fast today, along with the changes it brings to our daily routine, I am reminded of the very first words spoken to us by our Lord Jesus Christ. They are a call to change: “Repent! (Μετανοεῖτε)” He says, which means “Change your mind” or your “focus!”


     Today I embrace change, and re-focus on the “great light” that is soon to “dawn” upon us, in Bethlehem. As I make healthy adjustments to my daily prayer, eating, sleeping, and exercise schedules today, I thank You, Lord, for ever-challenging my life with positive change. A happy Nativity Fast or upcoming Advent, or Christmas-season, or just Wednesday (:/), everyone! Onwards and forwards! “Now have I made a beginning; this change has been wrought by the right hand of the Most High.” (Ps 76/77: 10, LXX)

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