Next Sunday’s Gospel reflects on Forgiveness and our preparation for Great Lent. God tells us that we must forgive men for their trespasses, if we expect our Heavenly Father to forgive us for our trespasses. Jesus also reflects upon our treasures, how we use them and prepare for Salvation through Stewardship. The key is to focus on the Heavenly in your daily life so that when you come before the dread Judgment Seat of Christ, you will be placed on the right hand and inherit the Kingdom prepared for you. We must lay up our treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust consume. Every aspect of how we use our Time, Talents and Treasures will determine where God places us on Judgment Day. “For where your treasure is, your heart will be also.”
During Great Lent, pray and ask God to guide you so that your focus will be on the Heavenly and not the earthly… determine how you can help your Church. Whether it is volunteering to prepare the Church for Pascha, hosting a coffee fellowship after the Divine Liturgy or feeding the homeless – God asks us to do all that we can as good and faithful Stewards.
Turn not away Thy face from Thy servant for I am afflicted!
Hear me speedily. Attend to my soul and deliver it!
Forgiveness Sunday Vespers