2022 Daily Lenten Journey

Be Transfigured Ministries' annual Daily Lenten Journey is meant to help you grow closer to Christ in your journey to Live A New Life In Christ.

 

The End….for now

Submitted by FatherAthanasios on Fri, 04/15/2022 - 08:00

Today is the final day of Great Lent, and our final post for our 2022 Daily Lenten Journey. For forty days, the Church has asked us to read from the Old Testament, specifically Isaiah, Genesis and Proverbs and today we come to the final verses in each. They might be the final verses we read, but they are not the end of the story. Great Lent is ending today, but our journey to Christ is just getting started.

What I Have Learned About Myself

Submitted by FatherAthanasios on Thu, 04/14/2022 - 08:16

Tomorrow is the last day of Great Lent and I’m wondering what I learned about myself this year. If we don’t stop and ask this question, then our journey was nothing more than a list of ‘dos and don’ts’ without any benefit. It might make us good Pharisees, but it makes us worthless Christians. So here goes…

Righteousness and Sacrifice

Submitted by FatherAthanasios on Tue, 04/12/2022 - 07:55

When it comes to the Holy Scriptures, we cannot take for granted that we always know what we are reading without the Church guiding us. I am constantly reminding people of the words of the Ethiopian Eunuch when he answered Saint Philip, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” (Acts 8.31) It was a simple question. “Do you understand what you are reading?” (Acts 8.30) Today’s reading from Proverbs is another example of that.

Defeating Greed

Submitted by FatherAthanasios on Mon, 04/11/2022 - 08:43

Greed is wanting something from someone else that you do not have. You can be poor or rich, and still be greedy for more, and take from another. You can be popular and respected, and still want be greedy for more attention, and rob others of being noticed. Put very simply, greed is insatiable desire.

Starting Over Requires Drastic Measures

Submitted by FatherAthanasios on Sun, 04/10/2022 - 08:00

When someone suffering from addiction desires to stop his addiction, radical changes in his way of life are required in order for him to isolate the behaviors that feed his addiction. This is the process that is so successfully carried at drug and alcohol rehab facilities throughout our nation. Many times the first step in rehab is spending time “in detox” which gives the body time for the particular drug to be cleansed from his organs etc.

A Glimpse of our Future

Submitted by FatherAthanasios on Sat, 04/09/2022 - 07:59

Many people ask the question, “Wouldn’t it be nice if we new the future?” What would you change about your life if you knew the future? If you knew that tomorrow you were going to be hit by a bus on your daily walk, would you change your normal path to avoid the bus? I would. If you knew that next week you were going to find something very valuable at the checkout stand of a 7-Eleven, would you spend the next week walking into every 7-Eleven you knew? I would. We do know the future, just not the future people are asking about.

In Our Place

Submitted by FatherAthanasios on Fri, 04/08/2022 - 08:00

One of the greatest commandments from God is for us to forgive others as He forgives us. As I have said before, the word forgive (συγχωρώ) literally means ‘two things sharing the same space’. In other words, when we forgive, we are expected to place ourselves in the same place as the other.

Bargaining with God

Submitted by FatherAthanasios on Thu, 04/07/2022 - 07:59
It is nothing new for human beings to beg God for mercy. Afterall, in every service of the Church the people on more than one occasion pray, “Lord have mercy.” But there is a difference between asking God for mercy and bargaining for a better situation. >blockquote>Then the LORD said, "Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great and their sin is very grave, I will go down to see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry which has come to me; and if not, I will know." So the men turned from there, and went toward Sodom; but Abraham still stood before the LORD.

Hope in the Lord

Submitted by FatherAthanasios on Wed, 04/06/2022 - 07:50

Cue the ominous music. Flash pictures of suffering and death. It could only one of two options on the TV. It is either a commercial for SPCA or any number of United Nations endorsed organizations to help people in far-away countries. These commercials draw at your emotions while promising comfort to others. Unfortunately, the comfort these commercials promise is really about others, but comforting your guilt.

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