The Holy Lent

Day 14 - Third Sunday of the The Holy Lent

by Prince Mathew

Preface for Meditation:

Repentance is the sacrament which God gave us for our salvation. Repentance is the act of our co-laboring with the Creator; the miracle of transforming the old into new, dirty into clean, ill into whole. The foundation of the sacrament of repentance is the realization of one’s deadly sinful illness, a clear vision of one’s demise. Only he who understands that he is ill will run to the Physician; only he who sees that he is perishing will call out to the Savior; and only he who wants to be well will follow the rubrics prescribed by the Physician and take the necessary Medicine.

In repentance, a man separates himself from sin, learns not to be one with it, and begins to understand that he is an image of God, but sin is a horrible caricature, corruption, and illness. Having seen the ugliness of sin, a man turns away from it, opens his wound to the Physician, and begs for healing. It is in this movement of man to God—one who is ill to the Source of health—and God to man—the Physician to one who needs His help—it is in this union of the two mutually-directed acts that the sacrament of repentance takes place.

Bible Reading Passages for Today:
Third Sunday of The Holy Lent (Palsy Sunday)

* St. Luke 5:17-26

* St. John 5:1-18

Before Holy Qurbana
* Ezekiel 34: 1-16
* Exodus 4 : 10 - 17
* II Kings 2 : 1 - 11
* Isaiah 5:20-25

Holy Qurbana
* Acts 5:12-16. 19: 8 -12
* Romans 5:1-11
* 2 Corinthians 12: 7-10
* St. Mark 2:1-12

Bible Verse for the day:

Which is easier: to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up and walk'? - St. Luke 5:23

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