Sunday, April 8, 2012

Entry into Jerusalem--Who are you?

By raising Lazarus from the dead before Your passion,
You did confirm the universal Resurrection, O Christ God!
Like the children with the palms of victory,
We cry out to You, O Vanquisher of death;
Hosanna in the Highest!
Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the Lord!

Greetings in the Name of the Lord! Blessed Palm Sunday to you!

In his thoughtful 1985 homily for this day, Metropolitan Anthony Bloom challenges us to think about who WE are in that crowd cheering the Lord on into Jerusalem. Are we disciples, deny-ers, or worse?

Read the homily now.

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Wishing you a solemn, peaceful Holy Week.

Monday, April 2, 2012

The Bible Reading Challenge Continues

St John of Damascus (John Damascene)

Dear Friends,

This week's readings conclude our Lenten Bible Reading Challenge:

4/2/12, Ephesians 4-6, Biblical Living
4/3/12, Phil. 1:18-­2:18, Christ’s Example
4/4/12, Col. 3:1-­17, Putting on the New Self
4/5/12, James 1, Pure Religion
4/6/12, Revelation 21-­22, The New Heaven and Earth

This challenge has been akin to a journey--a journey from the beginning of time to the end, from the beginning of History ("His story") to the end, and in every way echoes our daily lives as we travel from falleness to a new beginning as Christ's children. May this week's readings be a blessing to you.

(If you are a St Luke member and are participating in the challenge, don't forget to turn in your reading challenge with all days initialed.)

Finally, here are some beautiful words about the Bible from a church father:

"The Bible is a scented garden, delightful, beautiful.  It enchants our ears with birdsong in a sweet, divine and spiritual harmony, it touches our heart, comforts us in sorrow, soothes us in a moment of anger, and fills us with eternal joy.  Let us knock at its gate with diligence and with perseverance.  Let us not be discouraged from knocking.  The latch will be opened."
--John Damascene