April 1st, 2015

O Savior who has suffered for our sake, and save us

"On Holy Wednesday the Church invites the faithful to focus their attention on two figures: the sinful woman who anointed the head of Jesus shortly before the passion (Matthew 26:6-13), and Judas, the disciple who betrayed the Lord. The former acknowledged Jesus as Lord, while the latter severed himself from the Master. The one was set free, while the other became a slave. The one inherited the kingdom, while the other fell into perdition. These two people bring before us concerns and issues related to freedom, sin, hell and repentance.

The repentance of the sinful harlot is contrasted with the tragic fall of the chosen disciple. The Triodion make is clear that Judas perished, not simply because he betrayed his Master, but because, having fallen into the sin of betrayal, he then refused to believe in the possibility of forgiveness. If we deplore the actions of Judas, we do so not with vindictive self-righteousness but conscious always of our own guilt. In general, all the passages in the Triodion that seem to be directed against the Jews should be understood in this same way. When the Triodion denounces those who rejected Christ and delivered Him to death, we recognize that these words apply not only to others, but to ourselves: for have we not betrayed the Savior many times in our hearts and crucified Him anew?

I have transgressed more than the harlot, O loving Lord, yet never have I offered You my flowing tears. But in silence I fall down before You and with love I kiss Your most pure feet, beseeching You as Master to grant me remission of sins; and I cry to You, O Savior: Deliver me from the filth of my works.

While the sinful woman brought oil of myrrh, the disciple came to an agreement with the transgressors. She rejoiced to pour out what was very precious, he made haste to sell the One who is above all price. She acknowledged Christ as Lord, he severed himself from the Master. She was set free, but Judas became the slave of the enemy. Grievous was his lack of love. Great was her repentance. Grant such repentance also unto me, O Savior who has suffered for our sake, and save us."

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"[6] Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,
[7] There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.
[8] But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste?
[9] For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.
[10] When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me.
[11] For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.
[12] For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial.
[13] Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her." Matthew 26:6-13

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the glory of the resurrection is destined for human bodies

It is in the flow of being alive 9:47 AM Wednesday morning. It is in the 30's and the sun is shining this morning here in West Michigan.

I got up this morning around 6:05 AM this morning. When I got up I let Rudy out of his crate and went outside and got the morning newspaper. I next grounded coffee beans and made a pot of coffee. I then warmed up in the microwave old pancakes for something to eat before making a small pot of oatmeal. I ate my pancakes while surfing the world wide web.

The morning has gone by thus far like yesterday. Carol has come home from work and gone to bed for the day. I have been reading this morning for devotions a book titled, "We Believe in the Crucified and Risen Lord" Volume 3 [Ancient Christian Doctrine] Edited By Mark J. Edwards.

I have no plans for the day. I am tired this because I slept poorly last night. I have tendency to wake up several times during the night because I hear noises and think someone is breaking into our home. It is all weird this fear of someone attacking me in my sleep.

I might go outside in our backyard and prepare my flower bed for Spring planting. I could also rake more dead grass off our lawn front and back yard. I thought about going for a walk someplace but I feel tired this morning. I am not in the mood to go out into the world. "We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one" First John 5:19.

Well I will close to face what comes next.

"Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who has ears to hear, let him hear" Matthew 13:43
  • Current Music
    Caribou 'Our Love'

The Risen Christ

It is 11:38 AM late Wednesday morning. It is now 51 degrees outside. I am still pondering whether I want to put on my street clothes and go for a walk someplace. Tomorrow it is predicted to rain. This coming Sunday the weather people are prophesying rain and snow. Our son Josiah and his wife Hannah fly into Grand Rapids late Saturday morning. Carol plans to pick them up at the Gerald Ford Airport in Grand Rapids. It will be good to see Joe and Hannah. I have not seen our son Josiah for over a year. I love my children and our grandchildren. It is a blessing being a father. I personally never had a father. My step-fathers were there but I never got close to them. Recently I figured that my mother (who was killed in a car accident December 1968 Los Angeles Calif.) was married to our two step-fathers for only three years at a time. My mother always had boyfriends before she was killed. I sometimes miss my mother, but she died many years ago. I was 16 years old when my mother died and went into the Eternal State. I never really knew my mother. I am the oldest of five siblings. I am in contact with my two brothers and two sisters by Facebook. The only real family I have known is my own family. It is a blessing having a family in a world filled with strangers. We all need love and acceptance.

I started this blog entry because I was reading this morning once again a used book I got yesterday titled, "Dialogues Of Alfred North Whitehead" As Recorded By Lucien Price and came across a statement that is false. Price records this said by Whitehead, "There is no evidence that Paul (the apostle Paul) ever saw Jesus" pg.53. When I read these words I immediately remembered the words of the apostle Paul recorded in the First Letter of the Corinthians, "and He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time" 1 Corinthians 15:4-7.

This morning Amazon delivered a book I had ordered titled, "10:04" a novel by Ben Lerner.

Well I will close to drift through the rest of the day.

"[12] Whereupon as I went to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests,
[13] At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me.
[14] And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
[15] And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.
[16] But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee;
[17] Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee,
[18] To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
[19] Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision:
[20] But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.
[21] For these causes the Jews caught me in the temple, and went about to kill me.
[22] Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come:
[23] That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles." Acts 26:12-23
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    Lower Dens 'Escape From Evil'

the declaration of war came on a Good Friday

It is in the flow 7:50 PM Wednesday night here by Lake Michigan. My wife just left for work. There is nothing on TV worth watching so I will wander the house and read. I have been reading this evening a novel by Ben Lerner titled "Leaving The Atocha Station".

This afternoon I made a run to a local grocery store to pick up food items. While at the grocery store I picked up a current issue of The Rolling Stone magazine. I read this magazine also today. I did go outside today and rake some more. I pulled all the weeds in my flower bed while out in our backyard racking dead leaves and twigs.

It was a quiet day. It got in the 60's today weather wise. It is going to rain tomorrow according to the weather authorities.

Not much else to report. Here is a list of CD's I am going to listen to this evening-

Corrosion of Conformity self-titled

KEN mode 'Entrench'

Hookworms 'Pearl Mystic'

Young Widows 'Easy Pain'

Meshuggah 'Obzen'

I will keep reading the novel "Leaving The Atocha Station' by Ben Lerner this evening. I might crash early tonight since I have been up since the crack of dawn.
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    Corrosion Of Conformity