Pre-Lent Sunday

This is the Sunday right before the beginning of Lent. Lent always starts on a Monday. The Gospel reading for Pre-Lent Sunday is Matthew 6:1-18. The three main themes in this reading are Doing charitable deeds and giving alms (tithes) Fasting Praye The Pre-Lent Gospel reading sets the stage for our spiritual life during the … [Read more…]

First Sunday of Lent

The Gospel reading for the first Sunday of lent is a continuation of the Pre-Lent Sunday Gospel reading. It is Matthew 6:19-33. The main themes in this Gospel reading are: Focus on the heavenly rather than the earthly. We read in Matthew 6:19-21, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures in earth, where moth or … [Read more…]

On Fasting

By: St. John Chrysostom “Fasting is a medicine. But medicine, as beneficial as it is, becomes useless because of the inexperience of the user. He has to know the appropriate time that the medicine should be taken and the right amount of medicine and the condition of the body which is to take it, the weather … [Read more…]