Sometimes, we find ourselves in situations of choice, but we cannot get ourselves to decide because doing so would force us to re-evaluate past lives and admit our mistakes. Recognising our wrongs is not simple. Yet the Gospel teaches us that nothing impure will ever enter the kingdom of heaven, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful (Revelation 21: 27). These words show the reality of our lives. It is as if God is asking us, “Do you trust in Me? Do you believe that I have enough depth to bring change? If yes, trust in me. If not, keep looking for excuses (which many of us do!).”
How do we balance our life in eternity with the daily tasks of our finite life on earth? How can we carry on with our works on earth and still remember for Whom we are doing it? We do not exist solely to achieve some worldly goals; we live to please God! But what does pleasing God mean for us? It means to be His servants; to do His will; to wish and act in the same way as He would. It means being thankful to God for our accomplishments and not be proud of them. Thank the Lord and follow His way.
Priest Valery Zakharov
The short text of the prayer "Lord Our Father" has these precious lines, "Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors". They remind us that our debtors are not just those who owe us money, but they are also people who we should not judge.
God tells us not to withhold our forgiveness of others, so we may also be forgiven by Him. As we say in our prayer, "Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors". The world is fragile, and so are we.
When the Pharisees met Christ, one of them asked, "Who is He?" "Son of Joseph," replied another. We like to believe that we know it all. We like to be confident and unshaken in our decisions and to be convincing to ourselves and others.
There is hardly a person or circumstance that we find perfect. Only a peaceful heart makes it possible to accept all turns of life with gratitude. This does not necessarily mean that these circumstances are favourable.
When in difficulty, but we think that it is beyond our control and the result of our bad luck. It never occurs to us to look into our hearts and seek to re-establish our unity with God. By reuniting with God and sensing His closeness, we can…
May the Holy Spirit always be with you, and so, by strengthening ourselves with the gifts of our Church we will overcome this world that lies in sin.
We have come to the Church in order to break away from the captivity, from the darkness, from the pit, and to start a new life where everything will be in God: my health issues, my salary, all relationships that I have.