We ought to work towards becoming rich in the Lord. We should reflect, weigh our every action and check if it conforms to God's will. We must ask ourselves, "Where am I going to gain and lose? What is good and bad in it for me?" Sometimes, the answers do not seem that obvious. Something is hurting me a lot, and I want to show the whole world how great my pain is. But perhaps this is an expression of God's love, His way of sobering me up and protecting me from making a false move? Or maybe it is my chance to work harder on taming my flesh and blood and overcoming my sinful ways? Perhaps His love that prepares me for even hardship in carrying my cross? So the fear and anguish of my dying moments will not diminish my trust in the Lord and my willingness to surrender myself to His will. Now is the time to prepare.
For all the exciting moments, good news or joyful events that might await us in the future, we should never lose sight of our desire for eternal life and victory over death. Central to our lives as Christians is always the resurrection. We all believe in the resurrection of the body and life everlasting. Infected by sin, we still have faith in our immortality.
Perhaps over many years of our earthly lives, we might have had moments when we detached ourselves from our worldly concerns and put our whole trust in our Lord; when His love filled our hearts and they were glowing with it. Such moments are very few, yet they gave us the experience of a life to come. We all need such an experience to defeat our own death. Without it, we have no chance of meeting Christ on Earth; and if we do not meet him in this life, we will not meet him any time or anywhere.
Christ has come, and he is calling us: Come to me all you who are weary and burdened; learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart (Matthew 11: 28, 29). I am convinced that anyone can answer this call as long as they desire to have a life with God in eternity and have faith in their resurrection.
Archpriest Andrey Lemeshonok
Living separately from the Lord is like living in a void; however hard one tries to fill it; by living apart from God, one will never succeed in meeting the true needs of one's spirit - for peace, purity and humility.
Let us pray to God so He can let us find the right words and give us the understanding of what we really need to say at our confession. When we come to the Cross and begin to say what is on our mind we should always be mindful of Christ’s invisible…