by Fr. Dmitri, New Zealand
Saturday 17 April 2010 (9 Paremonde; 9 Baramoda)
St. Isidore of Seville.
And from the Days of John the Baptist, until now the
kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent
take it by force.
Constant prayer adds God's infinite power to the
(Heguman Pishoy Kamel)
For if we died with Him, we shall also live with Him.
If we endure, we shall also reign with Him.If we
deny Him, He also will deny us. If we are faithless,
He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.
(2 Tim. 2:11-13)
Alas it is easy to ask God for many things and not
asking for God Himself, as if what is given is more
important than the giver Himself.
Contrition removes from the heart of the repentant
every harshness, and gives him mercy towards everyone.
(HH Pope Shenouda III)
Blessed is the person who has eaten of the bread of
Love, which is Jesus.
(Isaac the Syrian)
Do not make My Father's house, a house of merchandise.
As long as I am in the world, I am the Light of the Wold.
In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh
do to me?
As our intention is, so will our Progress; and he who desires
perfection must be very diligent.
(Imitation of Christ)
Lord accept my prayer and answer my supplication.
Hear me in the evening and in the morning and at noon.
(Agapia - Sixth Hour)
The Kingdom of Heaven is certainly worth a great deal.
Yet you can obtain it by giving what you are. Give yourself
and it is enough - for the merciful Lord is satisfied with that.
Almighty God, help us to do violence to our inordinate self-love
and willfulness. Let us give ourselves wholly to You and so
obtain the Kingdom of Heaven.
Thou was perfect in all thy ways from the day thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. (Ezek.28:15)
Who is it that Ezekiel is referring to here? There is only one person to whom this description fits and that is Lucifer. He is one of four archangels mentioned in Scripture. It would appear that he held the highest rank, in that he was the Covering Cherub who served at God's Throne. He was an angel of light and God exalted him to become the ruler of the earth. What a privilege this must have been to have access directly to God.
But the sin of pride entered him and he became puffed up with self-importance. He said he would set his throne up above God's and that he would be master. He was cast out of Heaven and thus became the god of this world. In Job we find that he still had access to God in Heaven, but then he finally rebelled and he and his angels fought against Michael and his angels. Lucifer was defeated and he with one third of the angelic host were cast down to the earth, and there was no more place found for him in heaven.
So he and his minions have been waging a war of unseen terrorism ever since. He is now known by several other names, the wily serpent, Satan, the devil, the dragon, Beelzebub. His one objective is to thwart God at every turn. He knows the Scripture and uses it to his own end. He thought to convert Christ to his ways. He it was that caused Israel to go into lapses of Apostasy, and the same with God's Church today, while all the while trying to undermine God's Authority.
His greatest triumph so called was seeing Christ nailed to the Cross. But in the Crucifixion he found that his power had now been severely curtailed. So he and his minions seek to terrorize and subvert God's people. We see the result of his acts of terrorism, but cannot see the perpetrators of it. He continually attacks the Church of God. He is very subtle in his attacks.
He now works from within the Church posing as an angel of light and deceives the whole world. Look at the immorality and gabling hells that have sprung up in the western world, all tools of Satan. He is behind the false god worship that has sprung up. The world has become depraved and is fast going down the road of Sodom & Gomorrah. People now worship at the altar of the God of sport.
Let us look at the reality of the Desert Fathers. Our Lord said: 'Come out of her My people, flee from the iniquity of this world, but let your flight not be on the SABBATH DAY.' Repent and turn back to God and keep the Testimony of Jesus which is the Commandments of God. Do not allow yourself to hear the words "Depart from me I never knew you." This is my Prayer in His Holy Name.
To Thee be glory and praise, now and ever, Unto Ages of Ages.
Evening: Psalm 42: 8&11; Gospel Luke 18:35-43.
Morning: Psalm 111:1-2; Gospel John 5:37-47.
Liturgy: 2 Tim.2:8-15; 1 John 2:21-25; Acts 9:31-35;
Psalm 107:20-22; Gospel John 6:1-14.
This the Day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice in it. A Happy & Holy Shabbat.
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