First Sunday of Lent

The gospel of the first Sunday of Lent calls for the surrender of life to the Father. “Take no thought for your life, what you shall eat…nor yet for the body, what you shall wear…do not worry about tomorrow.” The reason for not worrying is that, “your heavenly Father knows that you have of all these things” (Mt. 6:32).

The practice of this week is a call to a secure life in the care of the Father and the carrying out of what comes in the verse, “Do not worry about tomorrow,” physically, mentally and spiritually.

The Christian commandment is full of risks but its assurance is the care of the Father. The woman who gave the two mites was risking her meal. During the fast, Satan wages his war by convincing us that we are risking the necessities of the body and causes us to worry about our health. Likewise, in charity, there is a risk of wealth.

In this week, we experience the complete surrender to the care of the Father and to His commandment.

Categories Articles, Faith, Fasting, Lent, Orthodoxy | Tags: | Posted on March 7, 2011

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