The Holy Lent

Day 13 - Second Saturday of the The Holy Lent

by Prince Mathew

Preface for Meditation:

The Holy Lent is a period of repentance and transformation of our body and spirit to the LORD the creator. Fasting without repentance and changing oneís life becomes useless. Unless the fasting person changes his life during fasting, he will only be hungry and exhausted without gaining anything else. Therefore, the Church constantly reminds us of the importance of repentance during fasting. Before The Holy Lent, we fast Nineveh Fast and we live the story of Jonah and the Ninevites' repentance.

Our Lord Jesus Christ said, "the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out." (John 6: 37) Christ "has come to save that which was lost." (Matt. 18:11) God desires that all men be saved and come to the knowledge of truth (1Tim. 2:4). Christ is the True Physician who is needed by those who are ill by sin. He did not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance (Mark 2: 17).

Repentance is a result of divine action; it is the Spirit of God, Who moves the hearts of sinners to repent. Godís pleasure is in the return of a sinner so that he will not die in his sin. When God sees his sinful child returning to Him, He has compassion and goes to him, kissing him, and welcomes his return by saying, "It is right that we should make merry and be glad." (Luke 15: 32) The return of a sinner and his repentance results in joy to God, as well as all those in heaven, because, "there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance." (Luke 15: 7)."

Bible Reading Passages:
Second Saturday of The Holy Lent

Before Holy Qurbana
* Deuteronomy 30: 1 -7
* Isaiah 35: 1-10

Holy Qurbana
* Acts13: 37 -52
* II Corinthians 8: 1- 9
* St. Mark 1:21-31

Bible Verse for the Day:

They were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, 'What is this? A new teaching? For with authority he commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him!' St. Mark 1:27

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