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The Holy Lent

Day 3 - First Wednesday of the The Holy Lent

by Prince Mathew

Preface for meditation

The Holy Lent is a sacred institute of the Church to serve the individual believer in participating as a member of the Mystical Body of Christ. It provides each person an annual opportunity for self-examination and improving the standards of faith and morals in his Christian life. The deep intent of the believer during The Holy Lent is encapsulated in the words of Saint Paul "forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal of the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:13-14).

By keeping and remembering Christ's cross at the center of our lives, our path will be enlightened and God's plan for us will come to fruition. The act of remembering what Christ accomplished on the cross is simply not enough for our Christian calling. This remembrance must ultimately lead us to the reality of the cross. "Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me." This proclamation by Christ leads us to a spirit of action and positive change.

Christ tells us to deny ourselves and to focus solely on Him - for He is Lord - He is King. We are to deny ourselves from our strength, knowledge, capability, wisdom, wealth, passions, temptations, and anything that will deter us from being close to God. To leave behind our selfish ways and to empty ourselves, so that God's will may abide in and work through us. As we state in the Lord's Prayer. "Thy will be done", it is God's will that truly fulfills our lives.

Bible Reading

First Wednesday of The Holy Lent

Evening

* St. Matthew 6: 19-24
* St. Luke 16: 14-18

Morning

* Genesis 1: 14-18
* Isaiah 13: 6-13
* St. James 2 : 1 - 13
* Romans 2:7-24
* St. Matthew 6: 25-34

Bible Verse for the day: St. Matthew 6:23 - "But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!"

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