Readings of the Day: 

Hebrews 9:11-14  &  Mark 10:32-45

Today's Gospel reading tells of the journey to Jerusalem.  Jesus is with the twelve and, while walking, tells them of the upcoming events.  "See, we are going up to Jerusalem and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death and deliver him over to the Gentiles. And they will mock him and spit on him and flog him and kill him.  And after three days he will rise." (Mark 10:33-34)  Today we read this and know full well what Jesus speaks of here.  But if I were one of the twelve I wonder at the fear and confusion it must have caused.  Surely when James and John make their request to sit at his side, they did not understand the torment he was going to face?  If I had been one of the twelve would I have made this request or would I have been one of the other ten who became indignant at such a request?  But more importantly to us this day, we must remember the words of Jesus upon answering their words among each other.  "Whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." (Mark 10:43-45)  The greatest man who has walked this earth is Jesus, our Lord, and He walked here to serve us and give us life.  Who are you serving this day?

St. Mary of Egypt

The story of St. Mary of Egypt has always fascinated me.  Mary's story is well-known FullSizeRenderamong the Orthodox of course; we commemorate her life each year on this Fifth Sunday of Lent. It's a powerful story and one that sticks in your mind of how true repentance can truly change your life.  Mary was a prostitute for 17 years!  One day she came upon a group of pilgrims headed to Jerusalem and, out of curiosity, decided to join them ,still engaging in her sinful lifestyle along the way.  Upon ...continue reading "The Fifth Sunday of Lent: St. Mary of Egypt"