The second Sunday of Great Lent, which commemorates St. Gregory Palamas. The Epistle reading is Hebrews 1:10-2:3
10 He also says, “In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. 11 They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. 12You will roll them up like a robe; like a garment they will be changed. But you remain the same, and your years will never end.” 13To which of the angels did God ever say, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet” 14 Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation? 1We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. 2 For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, 3 how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him.
There are several themes found within these verses… St. Dorotheos of Gaza says “who will give us back this present time if we waste it?”
1 Corinthians 2:9 says “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”
In order to see what God has prepared for us, we must work towards our salvation and do what is necessary to enter the eternal Kingdom. God will judge us by our works. To fit into Heaven, we must be prepared during this life here on earth – in our daily existence, body, soul and spirit and this requires a change… a change that is the primary focus of the period of Great Lent.
St. John Chrysostom says, “after our time on earth, there are no more opportunities for change so this leaves our life on earth as the only time during which change is possible.”
· Change, with our focus on Church
· Change, with how we interact with people
· Change, with all of those bad habits we have
· Change, with the Stewardship of our Time, Talents and Treasures
This change is necessary for our salvation, for we know that God will judge us by our works, we just don’t know when! We pray that this time of Great Lent provides you with the opportunity for reflection and the contemplation of change in your life.