Thursday, November 7, 2013

Living for Today

The Temptation of Living only for Today

The almost universal temptation of our time, is to be living only for the present moment. We want to enjoy ourselves now, relax and be comfortable now, have it all now. Our focus is, consequently, on a tiny slice of eternity. By focusing on such a narrow moment in time, we forget the importance of preparing for eternity.

Medical science has proven that teenagers often act without forethought for the consequences of reckless behavior, because their brains have not yet fully developed. They are not simply being defiant of the rules of driving, or taking chances with dangerous behavior, but have an inability to process the consequences of their actions. In other words, they don't recognize the possible finality of their behavior, and for many of them, even death does not seem final.

When we focus only on the here and now, we are in reality acting like these teenagers. Our inner sense of the importance of preparing for eternity, is shut down, and we don't even think of the spiritual consequences of our short term focus. We treat eternity as though it were a myth, and place all our energies on getting what we think we need in the now.

By placing all our time and energy on the acquisition of things, and on being comfortable and fulfilled in this life, we forget the importance of spiritual preparation for what will be eternity. This life was not gifted to us by God, for pleasure and the acquisition of things, but as a time for us to draw ourselves closer to the Creator God Who loves us, and desires that we commune with Him for all eternity. Like the high school students who are preparing for their life by studying in school, this life is, for us, a time of preparation.
With love in Christ,
Abbot Tryphon

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Thursday November 7, 2013 / October 25, 2013
20th Week after Pentecost. Tone two.

Martyrs Marcian and Martyrius the Notaries of Constantinople (355).
St. Matrona the Confessor of Diveyevo (1963).
Venerable Martyrius the Deacon (13th c.) and Venerable Martyrius the Recluse of the Kiev Caves.
Martyr Anastasius the Fuller at Salona in Dalmatia (3rd c.).
St. Tabitha, the widow raised from the dead by the Apostle Peter (1st c.).
St. Front, bishop of Perigueux (2nd c.) (Celtic & British).
St. George of Amastris, bishop and writer of canons (Greek).
Two Martyrs of Thrace (Greek).
St. Macarius, bishop of Paphos in Cyprus (Greek).
Sts. Philadephus and Polycarp (Greek).
Sts. Crispinus and Crispinianus, Romans, martyrd under Diocletian at Soissons (286).
Martyr Miniatus of Florence (251).
You can read the life of the saint by clicking on the highlighted name.

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With love in Christ,
Abbot Tryphon

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The Scripture Readings for the Day

Philippians 3:1-8

All for Christ

3 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. For me to write the same things to you is not tedious, but for you it is safe.
Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation! For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh, though I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so: circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.
But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ

Luke 11:14-23

A House Divided Cannot Stand

14 And He was casting out a demon, and it was mute. So it was, when the demon had gone out, that the mute spoke; and the multitudes marveled. 15 But some of them said, “He casts out demons by Beelzebub,[a] the ruler of the demons.”
16 Others, testing Him, sought from Him a sign from heaven. 17 But He, knowing their thoughts, said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and a house divided against a house falls. 18 If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? Because you say I cast out demons by Beelzebub. 19 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. 20 But if I cast out demons with the finger of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. 21 When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are in peace. 22 But when a stronger than he comes upon him and overcomes him, he takes from him all his armor in which he trusted, and divides his spoils. 23 He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters.

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1 comment:

  1. Hello, I've been listening to your podcast and would love to know who is chanting the "bumper music". It is so lovely!