O Lord Thou shalt open my lips and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Stripped Naked by Sin, Let us Clothe Ourselves in Virtue

Today is the Sunday of Cheesefare, the last day before Great Lent in the Byzantinen Rite. Lent starts tommorrow on Clean Monday. In the Latin Rite, Lent begins two days later on Ash Wednesday (which happens when Pascha is on the same day in both rites, which is the case here since we are using the Gregorian calendar.)

Today is also known as the Sunday in Commemoration of the Casting Out of Adam from Paradise. By failing to fast from the tree, humanity now needs to fast to obtain forgiveness. This Sunday reminds us why we need forgiveness (the disobedience in the garden which is continued and repeated any time any of us sin) and also how we are to fast to obtain forgiveness: in the Apostle reading (Rom 13:11-14:4) St Paul tells us to abstain from worldly pleasures that we might gain self-control over our desires and in the Gospel (Mt 6:14-21) Our Blessed Lord tells us to fast for our own benefit and not for show.