The Holy Lent

Day 6 - First Saturday of The Holy Lent

by Prince Mathew

Preface for Meditation

With prayer and fasting, the bride – the Church – began the uphill way to follow the beloved bridegroom – Christ - on the steep slope of Golgotha. This could be, in few words, the meaning and the purpose of the liturgical setting of The Holy Lent: through the divine services and ascetic practices, the Church taking by the hand each and every faithful guides them to an existential participation in the sacred passion of the Lord, carrying with Him the cross and sharing its weight and burden.

If the Cross of Christ was an act of absolute self-denial, an act of thorough eradication of every seed of selfishness and absolute dedication to the Father’s plan, then, the Church guides the faithful to the same experience through the various liturgical and ascetic practices of the Lenten period. Jesus’ death and resurrection is recalled in word and sacrament in Holy Week and Easter. " On this lent days, only a true believer can appreciate and follow Him by going through the days of Jesus sufferings from the time when Jesus seized in the Garden of Gethsemane and crucified on Calvary, and His joyful resurrection and His appearances to the disciples.

Throughout His life, Jesus hungered and thirsted like us all. He lived in a world that often opposed him; his enemies were many and strong. Nor would he use his mighty power for himself. Serving others, his life was given to all. And because he never forsook his vision of right or feared to speak the truth, it was only a question of time before the desert became a cross. No act of fate made him die; he died because of the way he lived. The cross became the treasure of Christian believers, a sign of God’s power and love, a tender book of Jesus Christ, a mirror reflecting all of human life.

Bible Reading

First Saturday of The Holy Lent

* St. Matthew 10: 24 - 38

* St. John 15: 17-16: 3

Before Holy Qurbana
* Genesis2: 4 - 17
* Zechariah7: 8-14
* Isaiah 1:24-31

Holy Qurbana
* Acts 12:1-24
* Romans 12: 10-21
* St. John 4:46-54

Verse for the day:
St. Matthew 10:33- "But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven".

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