The guarding of the heart
Watchfulness has been described by Elder Ephraim of Philotheou as “the axe which shatters the massive trees, hitting their roots. When the root is struck, it does not spring up once again.” A conscientious interest to our thoughts is an significant tactic in spiritual warfare, and is vital if we are to have successful weapons that are stronger than these of the enemy.
Saint Paisios of the Holy Mountain tells us about some of the consequences of not getting watchful. “When our soul lives carelessly devoid of watching more than its thoughts, it will consequently fill up with dirty and sly thoughts.
As a outcome, folks commence building psychological issues which steadily pile up…. Some folks, although they are discovered in this scenario and come face to face with the dilemma itself, they do not comprehend it, and therefore are unable to humbly confess to their spiritual father their fall. Rather, they appear for a “secular” resolution and seek the advice of a psychiatrist, who will inevitably prescribe medication… The only resolution is to come to be conscious of the dilemma and confess it to a spiritual father and then humbly adhere to his suggestions.”
Watchfulness and the Jesus Prayer are weapons that mutually reinforce every single other, as continuous prayer goes with watchfulness and attentiveness of the intellect. A Christian life devoid of watchfulness, is doomed to failure.
With enjoy in Christ,
Saturday April 13, 2019 / March 31, 2019
Fifth Saturday of the Good Lent: Laudation of the Mother of God. Tone 4.
Good Lent. Meals with Oil
Venerable Hypatius the Wonderworker, bishop of Gangra (ca. 360).
Repose of St. Jonah, metropolitan of Kiev, Moscow, and all Russia (1461).
St. Innocent of Moscow, enlightener of Alaska and Siberia (1879).
New Hieromartyr John priest (1938).
St. Hypatius the Healer of the Kiev Caves (14th c.).
Venerable Philaret Danilevsky (1841).
Venerable Apollonius, ascetic of the Thebaid (395).
Martyrs Abdas the Bishop and Benjamin the Deacon, of Persia (424).
Venerable Hypatius, abbot of Rufinus in Chalcedon (446).
Look of the “Iberian” (“Iveron”) Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos.
Righteous Joseph the Fair, son of Jacob (ca. 1700 B.C.).
38 Martyrs, beheaded by the sword beneath Julian (361-363).
Saint Akakios the Confessor, Bishop of Meletinia (249-251).
Venerable Blaise of Amorium and Mt. Athos (908) (Greek).
Martyr Menander (Greek).
St. Stephen the Wonderworker, monk (Greek).
The Scripture Readings
24 For Christ has not entered the holy locations created with hands, which are copies of the accurate, but into heaven itself, now to seem in the presence of God for us 25 not that He must provide Himself usually, as the higher priest enters the Most Holy Location every single year with blood of another— 26 He then would have had to endure usually given that the foundation of the planet but now, after at the finish of the ages, He has appeared to place away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. 27 And as it is appointed for males to die after, but following this the judgment, 28 so Christ was supplied after to bear the sins of numerous. To these who eagerly wait for Him He will seem a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.
The Earthly Sanctuary
9 Then certainly, even the initially covenant had ordinances of divine service and the earthly sanctuary. two For a tabernacle was ready: the initially component, in which was the lampstand, the table, and the showbread, which is known as the sanctuary three and behind the second veil, the component of the tabernacle which is known as the Holiest of All, four which had the golden censer and the ark of the covenant overlaid on all sides with gold, in which have been the golden pot that had the manna, Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tablets of the covenant five and above it have been the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Of these items we can’t now speak in detail.
Limitations of the Earthly Service
six Now when these items had been therefore ready, the priests often went into the initially component of the tabernacle, performing the solutions. 7 But into the second component the higher priest went alone after a year, not devoid of blood, which he supplied for himself and for the people’s sins committed in ignorance
Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ
27 Now Jesus and His disciples went out to the towns of Caesarea Philippi and on the road He asked His disciples, saying to them, “Who do males say that I am?”
28 So they answered, “John the Baptist but some say, Elijah and other people, a single of the prophets.”
29 He stated to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Peter answered and stated to Him, “You are the Christ.”
30 Then He strictly warned them that they must inform no a single about Him.
Jesus Predicts His Death and Resurrection
31 And He started to teach them that the Son of Man should endure numerous items, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and following 3 days rise once again.
Mary and Martha Worship and Serve
38 Now it occurred as they went that He entered a specific village and a specific lady named Martha welcomed Him into her home. 39 And she had a sister known as Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. 40 But Martha was distracted with considerably serving, and she approached Him and stated, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Hence inform her to enable me.”
41 And Jesus answered and stated to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about numerous items. 42 But a single point is necessary, and Mary has selected that fantastic component, which will not be taken away from her.”
Maintaining the Word
27 And it occurred, as He spoke these items, that a specific lady from the crowd raised her voice and stated to Him, “Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts which nursed You!”
28 But He stated, “More than that, blessed are these who hear the word of God and preserve it!”