Monday, April 18, 2016

The Last Lap

Today we begin the last week of Great Lent and it will take as much focus this week as it did the first week. You can see Holy Week ahead of the final lap, and you may be tempted to rationalize to yourself that since you will be fasting next week, you can go easy this week. Fight the temptation. Every day of fasting you offer to God is a blessing. Next week will come with its own blessings, so you don’t want to give up this week’s blessings too soon.

Great Lent ends on Friday night, so spend this week evaluating how successful you were during this year’s Great Lenten Journey. Did you fast as you and your spiritual father had agreed? Did you pray as you and your spiritual father had agreed? Have you done anything to care for the poor? Just like any race, and Great Lent is most definitely a race of endurance, you have a pit crew that is dedicated to helping you win the race. Touch base with your spiritual father this week and make plans to finish the race on a good note.

It isn’t a coincidence that Saint Paul compares the spiritual life to a race. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4.7) You are in the final lap of Great Lent. Keep the faith and you will cross the finish line prepared for Holy Week!


Juliana Ingram said...

Read the April Transfiguration newsletter since my last post. Do you have this posted somewhere for readers on this site? It is helpful. - - - - I really like how the Church used to have morning and evening services and fellowship on more of a daily basis, as you wrote about in the newsletter. I can appreciate how people, especially those who don't have support at home, work, etc., could use this for support & growth in communion with God, as well as the parish community. Glory to God for all things.

Rev Protopresbyter Athanasios C Haros said...

The post is coming Holy Monday.......