Lenten Meditations: Thursday 14 March

Mar 14, 2019 by

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Mar 14
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Deut 9:23-10:5 Heb 4:1-10 John 3:16-21

 

FIRST THURSDAY OF LENT: St. Theognostus, Metropolitan of Kiev, 1353

 

LITURGICAL THEME OF THE DAY:  :   Some of the churches of the eastern rites remember today St Theognostus, Metropolitan of Kiev. He was born in Greece and succeeded St Peter of Kiev as Metropolitan of that city. Some of his enemies among his own flock denounced him to the Mongol ruler because of his dedication and inability to be swayed by politics. They said he had paid the no tribute to obtain his position  — as was often done by the clergy. Summoned before the Mongol prince and asked about this, he answered Christ our God bought His Church from the unbelievers with His precious Blood. For what do we now pay tribute to unbelievers?’ At last he managed somehow to free himself and return home. He governed the Church for twenty-five years and entered into rest in the Lord in 1353.

 

 

MEDITATION OF THE DAY :  In the Daily Office Lesson from St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans, we are reminded that we belong to a  God who gives life to the dead. This promise and hope is revealed in its fullness in Christ Jesus. The tradition of the church holds that it is also revealed in the stories of some of the servants of God. Patrick is one of those figures as Patrick’s early life was one hope in the face of hopelessness. He was “fully convinced that God was going to deliver him and clearly beloved : “Nothing is impossible with God.” Patrick’s faith was rewarded: and the Celtic people were mightily blessed as they became a people who trusted in God and in given up pagan ways we see again how. God gave life to the dead.

 

PRAYER OF THE DAY: Almighty God You reach into the darkness with hope, truth and light. Stretch out your strong hand in the challenging situations of our world , hold and rescue those who have suffered. Let your almighty love move mountains, cross seas and breathe life into the darkest places this coming Easter season. Amen

 

LENTEN DISCIPLINE Spend time speaking with a person this day who you know is either apathetic to the faith or antagonistic. Invite them to explain their reasons why and model a conversation that allows them to be heard but share with them what your life experience has been like under the banner of grace

 

ANCIENT WISDOM/PRESENT GRACE:   “‘Let it be understood that those who are not found living as He taught are not Christian- even though they profess with the lips the teaching of Christ.”-  Justin Martyr (The First Apology ).

 

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