The Holy Lent

Day 9 - Second Tuesday of The Holy Lent

by Prince Mathew

Preface for Meditation

The purpose of The Holy Lent is to prepare the faithful to not only commemorate, but to enter into the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus.The totality of the Orthodox life centers around the Resurrection. The Holy Lent is intended to be a "workshop" where the character of the believer is spiritually uplifted and strengthened; where his life is rededicated to the principles and ideals of the Gospel; where fasting and prayer culminate in deep conviction of life; where apathy and disinterest turn into vigorous activities of faith and good works.

Lent is not for the sake of Lent itself, as fasting is not for the sake of fasting. Rather, these are means by which and for which the individual believer prepares himself to reach for, accept and attain the calling of his Savior. The purpose of fasting is to remind us of the Scriptural teaching, “Man does not live by bread alone.” The needs of the body are nothing compared to the needs of the soul. Above all else, we need God, Who provides everything for both the body and the soul.

Fasting teaches us to depend on God more fully. The first sin of our parents, Adam and Eve, was eating from the forbidden tree (Genesis 3:1-19).We fast from food, food items, as a reminder that we are to fast from sin­ning and doing evil. There are several benefits of fasting. Fasting helps us pray more easily. Our spirit is lighter when we are not weighed down by too much food or food that is too rich. Through fasting, we also learn to feel compassion for the poor and hungry and to save our own resources so that we can help those in need.

Bible Reading:
Second Tuesday of The Holy Lent

* St. Luke 6:37-49

* Exodus16: 15 -27
* Acts 10:25-33
* II Corinthians 6: 1-11
* St. Mark4: 21 -34

Verse for the day:

"Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say?" - St. Luke 6: 46

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