Today marks the second Sunday of Lent and commemorates St. Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessalonica, the Wonderworker.  St. Gregory bore living witness that men can become divine through the grace of God and that even in our earthly lives, people can become participants of the uncreated light of God's glory through fasting and prayer, particularly the Jesus Prayer, "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner."

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On this Sunday, we read the story of the paralytic in Mark 2: 1-12. Four men are determined to bring their friend to Jesus for healing.  As there are so many people gathered around the house and in the house Jesus is in, they open a space in the roof and let the man down through this space to the place Jesus was.  'When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic "Son your sins are forgiven you." The scribes believed Jesus spoke blasphemies as only God can forgive sins. Jesus said to them, "Why do you reason about these things in your hearts?  Which is easier, to say to a paralytic, 'Arise, take up your bed and walk? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins" (and then he spoke to the paralytic) "I say to you, arise, take up your bed and go to your house."

What great faith for this paralytic and his friends to fight such a crowd and devise such a plan to make such effort to assure that the man would receive healing from Jesus!  They went to great lengths to assure that they would come in contact with our Lord that day.  What great lengths have YOU went through to keep Christ close to you?  What would you do to find him?

 

O Light of Orthodoxy, teacher of the church, its confirmation. O ideal  of monks and invincible champion of theologians, O wonder-working Gregory, glory of Thessalonica and preacher of grace.  Always intercede before the Lord that our souls may be saved.

 

 

Further Resources For You :

The Church Year:  Sundays of Lent

The Second Sunday of Lent:  Our Holy Father Gregory Palamas

The Second Sunday of Lent: The Sunday of Saint Gregory Palamas

 

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