Preparing for the Greatest Journey

Thanks to Father Meletios for his reminder to us in his homilies of the last several weeks with the Gospel readings and examples of Zacchaeus and the Canaanite Woman that we must first approach everything in faith and desire to grow in Christ. We appreciate that reminder, Father, particularly as we begin the Pre-Lenten season this weekend.

Here is a short article from our Archdiocese website: Preparing for the Greatest Journey.

In their wisdom, our church fathers place the Gospel reading of The Publican and the Pharisee on the first weekend of our Pre-Lenten season to remind us to approach our daily lives and enter into Lent in humility before God and neighbor.

“Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”  Luke 18:10-14

Here are couple of great articles about the Publican and the Pharisee Gospel: Humility: Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee and The Publican and the Pharisee: 16th Sunday of Luke, and podcasts relating to this Gospel on Ancient Faith Radio:  Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee.


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